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Is Warrantless Wiretapping Ever Justified to Protect National Security?

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Started: 4/27/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Kwill12086

Con

I do not agree the wiretapping Americans without a warrant is ever justified. This has became a big issue after the attacks on 9/11. Since the terrorist attacks, phone calls and messages that were being made to war zones started to be monitored. Since then this monitoring has grew to communications taking place between Americans on our homeland. This monitoring began in 2001 and was not brought to light until 2005. This is a major invasion of privacy and gives the government the right to contradict laws that are written in our constitution. As stated by Vice President Al Gore, a president that goes against his own law should be seen as a threat.
nashaline

Pro

I completely object to what you are saying. The fact that the idea of more wiretapping being done in the United States is amazing! I am just upset that it has to be done more now due to this attack of 911. If wiretapping would have been done earlier and more in depth then maybe 911 would have been prevented. When we speak of warrantless wiretapping we are not speaking of just "hey you're being nosy and listening to my conversations" NO! We are speaking of listening to any conversation that could save the life of an American citizen or non-citizen. I believe that due to this "invasion of privacy" there will be fewer attacks on the United States. Thanks to these warrantless wiretapping other individuals will be thinking twice before trying to plan an attack on the lives of Americans or against America. I would not say that the president is going against his own law if he is doing his job to protect the citizens. Many of us have experienced the pain of that tragic attack of 9/11. Do we honestly want to go through that again? I think not, therefore this upgrade in wiretapping into conversations is just helping the United States be protected from threats.
Debate Round No. 1
Kwill12086

Con

Many Americans fail to realize that we have other options available to help fight against terrorism that do not include going against our constitution. Wire tapping with a warrant in place is another story. With a warrant in place, authorities have plausible reason to suspect that this person is dangerous. All Americans aren't dangerous and therefore do not need to be treated as such. Warrant-less wiretapping goes against what our founding fathers believed in. Our constitution was put in place so that this country would be operated on a rule of law, rather than rule of man. Under rule of man, lawlessness could potentially flourish and become dominant and other branches of government would be dethroned as a result. The spreading of lawlessness would discredit democracy, the very thing America was built on. As Americans we should value a system of honesty and accountability. The American government did in fact have two of the names of the hijackers that attacked us before 9/11, and information that could have led to the identifications of the other hijackers. This information was not used to protect the American people however. With proper knowledge of how to use this vital information the attacks on the trade center could have been properly prevented. We would not have to make this absurd exception against our constitution because of our own governments mistakes
nashaline

Pro

Actually, many Americans fail to realize that although there are other options to help fight against terrorism, using every possible way to fight terrorism will just make the United States a safer place. "Our constitution was put in place so that this country would be operated on a rule of law, rather than rule of man" but yet the rule of man has slowly been changing the constitution to accommodate other religions and beliefs. Our constitution was based on biblical matters and to this day that has been taken away. So if those pieces of the constitution are being changed, ignored, or manipulated to benefit the people that live in the United States, then warrantless wiretapping should not be a problem because it is being done for the safety of every individual in the United States. Due to wiretapping without a warrant, the government was able to identify who planned the attack on the Boston Marathon run in 2013. The fact that people are complaining and protesting about warrantless wiretapping is just slowing down the process of information that can be gained to protect the United States. Although some individuals may think that warrantless wiretapping wouldn"t affect them I know that it would because warrantless wiretapping could not only save the lives of innocent individuals but it would save the jobs of many others. Due to the terrorists attacks that can be avoided the United States would be able to heal its economy because there wouldn"t be a loss in business stores of buildings or homeless families that would lose their houses because they lost their job due to a terrorist attack that could have been avoided with warrantless wiretapping.
Debate Round No. 2
Kwill12086

Con

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nashaline

Pro

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