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caddenmsc14
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SupaHotFire
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Should the NSA be able to gain access to our cell phone records without our knowledge?

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Started: 1/12/2014 Category: Technology
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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caddenmsc14

Con

The National Security Agency's mass surveillance of American citizens has greatly expanded in the years since September 11, 2001. Recent disclosures have shown that the government is regularly tracking all of the calls of almost every ordinary American and spying on a vast but unknown number of Americans' international calls, text messages, and emails.
SupaHotFire

Pro

This is true. Since September 11, 2001, security and wiretapping has greatly increased in an effort to prevent any future attacks or crimes from occurring. Although there may not be anything stopping the NSA from spying on American citizens, it is still an invasion of privacy and should only be used if there is compelling evidence that a certain person or group of people are up to no good. There have been recent conflicts about Obama using the NSA to spy on innocent citizens which is illegal. The NSA can only spy on a person if terrorism is suspected and there was no reason to believe the people spied on did anything. It is an effective method to keep the country safe but should somehow be monitored to make sure these spying capabilities are not abused.
Debate Round No. 1
caddenmsc14

Con

I agree that the NSA is trying to stop terrorism in the US, but the fact that the government can go through each text we send is unnerving. Information is not private anymore once it is typed into any electronic device. The NSA collects information from people that have nothing to do with terrorism. What constitutes the government to be able to browse through our records? Im sure it is even easier for the NSA to keep tabs on people with spotty records. I bet you will be red flagged by the NSA for speeding tickets next. Once the government has our information, it can even be sold to companies for revenue. The NSA is breaching our right to privacy, in my opinion.
SupaHotFire

Pro

I agree to your point about nothing being private, but if everything was private it would be hard for the government to legitimately investigate a potential wrong-doer. If Osama Bin Laden were living in the United States and had a cell phone that was private, they would need permission from him to access his communication records and if he was planning something, obviously he would not allow them too. This is why the NSA should be able to do these investigations. Besides, the only people that would be against this are the people that are doing things they should not be doing in the first place.
Debate Round No. 2
caddenmsc14

Con

If we have learned anything from the recent breaches of security at Target, its that any server can be hacked. If the NSA has information on a large percentage of americans, their server can be hacked and used to locate you. I do not want my social security number or address on any database because that is my personal information. For known or suspected terrorists the rules are changed. Their phones may yield information that could potentially save american lives. I just think that a line needs to be drawn and the NSA should not be able to obtain information that could lead to fraud and identity theft. I do not see a need for this government agency to randomly invade peoples privacy at the expense of our tax dollars.
SupaHotFire

Pro

That is true but the NSA needs full permission to spy on people. These rights were given to the NSA shortly after the Boston bombing which allowed them to access content to over 90 million people registered under Verizon. They cannot listen in to conversations on phones but they can see information such as called numbers, how often they are called, where the calls came from, the time, and how long the conversation was. Listening in on phone calls is wiretapping and is a completely different legal issue in itself. If someone is going to hack a server and use your information, it would be someone with that specific intent. The NSA does not need that information nor do they have any reason to use it. If your information is going to be stolen it can happen regardless of how secure you may think it is.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by LDESAULNIERSNHS 3 years ago
LDESAULNIERSNHS
Congrats guys. A well-presented argument. Raises interesting points on both sides of the debate.
Posted by LDESAULNIERSNHS 3 years ago
LDESAULNIERSNHS
Congrats guys. A well-presented argument. Raises interesting points on both sides of the debate.
Posted by LDESAULNIERSNHS 3 years ago
LDESAULNIERSNHS
Congrats guys. A well-presented argument. Raises interesting points on both sides of the debate.
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