|View of the NSA building. Source: nsa.gov|
Former NSA Director and Department attorney John Yoo both went to newspapers to Defend the Presidential Surveillance Program, which is a set of programs which allows the NSA to spy on United States citizens. Millions of records can be gone through daily using this program to monitor whether or not you (the american) have been apart of any terrorist activity. Many pieces of information between you and the informant can be searched by this program, even the most personal things. These two do believe that there are some pieces of information about terrorist activity that can’t be attained without invading the Privacy of the US citizens. This should be a price both of us (the NSA and the US citizens) has to pay, because at the expense of our safety we get fairly extensive privacy.
Richard Epson and Roger Pilon say that invading privacy is indeed not necessary when you’re dealing with citizens that are working minimum wage jobs, but it is almost impossible to find the right balance of personal privacy and how much safety a government can provide. If too much power goes to the government then the people of the USA would have no privacy. But if the government doesn’t fiercely search everyone then there is always a chance that a terrorist will attack. While this is a valid reason for the NSA to exist the privacy of the US citizens should be the government's first priority should trust in its own people. The NSA shouldn’t be searching through mass phone records, they should be picking out the most significant ones that are most likely to cause a threat and only looking at those.
The NSA needs to stop spying on the citizens of the US because we (as US citizens) deserve the right to keep our personal information private. The NSA has multiple agents that have released information on what kind of information the NSA has access to. It is hard to balance the rights of the citizens and the power of the government but the citizens privacy should be a high priority. The NSA should only be checking information that have direct evidence of a terrorist attack, not going through mass records. While the NSA does have the responsibility to protect the US citizens, they are abusing that right, looking in on too much. US citizens shouldn’t have to monitor what they are about to say to the world or another person. But that’s just my opinion.
Thank you everyone for commenting! I enjoyed reading and responding. The NSA has too much power concerning the privacy rights of citizens of the US. After reading your comments, my opinion has not changed about the NSA. I still believe that the NSA needs to be more careful about what they search through and why. Blogging has been a great learning experience for me. I feel like I'm actually talking to someone, whereas if you're writing an essay it isn't directly at anyone. I like blogging and feel like I could do it on my personal time as well. However, the place where I had the most problems was in writing the initial blog post itself, as there were a lot of holes in my blog at first, but I worked through it using extra research and a rework of my writing. Overall this experience was great and I think I'll do it again in the near future.