Essay about Regulating Government Surveillance

912 Words 4 Pages
With the rise of terrorism and an increase in international violence within the last decade and a half, the United States has tried to tackle the issue of privacy regulations and government surveillance. The issue at hand is whether the government or private intelligence agencies should be allowed to target individuals by tracking their actions and behaviors through technology. Does the United States government have the right to exchange peoples privacy for national protection? If so, should this right be passed onto the NSA or private agencies? Following the 9/11 disaster, the issue of government surveillance has sparked a controversial debate. Today, technology has allowed certain government run programs to monitor peoples lives. …show more content…
Even though in recent years the Republican party has tried to eliminate government surveillance programs entirely, Obama and other Democratic party leaders have emphasized the programs importance as a measure of national security. However, Obama has made an effort to create a program that is in sorts a middle ground to the whole debate. He aims to limit the phone record collection that the N.S.A has controlled, which was unsheltered last year by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. Unlike president Bush’s program, Obama will make it mandatory for the government to get a court order for a certain number in its database. On top of this he has cutoff secret surveillances on foreign allied leaders and governments. Obama has also worked with other lawmakers, judges, and technological advisors on a method that would transfer the huge metadata telephone records out of the governments hands to be placed with a secure third party that would keep it away from political party differences and civil liberty questions. With Obama leading the Democrats as president, a majority have taken sides with him and have pushed for government surveillance to remain a system of national defense. Even though a Pew Research survey showed, earlier this year, that a majority of Americans worry about their privacy, intelligence committees in the House and Senate “underscored the importance of using telephone metadata to rapidly identify possible terrorist

Related Documents