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THE_DEBATE_LORD
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The benefits of domestic surveillance by the NSA outweigh the harms.

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Started: 2/26/2014 Category: Technology
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Samallama

Con

Do the benefits of domestic surveillance by the NSA outweigh the harms?
My opponent will be pro and that's it I guess:)
Opponent must state sources.
Good luck!
THE_DEBATE_LORD

Pro

"At the end of the day, the sheer value of the NSA programs is saving American lives." Said House Intelligence Committee chief Mike Rodgers. Which is a good example of why I agree that the benefits of domestic surveillance by the NSA outweigh the harms. These are the main points of why we are for the resolution:
1. NSA Surveillance is Vital For National Security
2. Most Technology Doesn"t Receive the Right of Privacy
3.The NSA only looks at relevant surveillance

First, NSA Surveillance is Vital for National Security. The whole reason for the NSA"s existence is to protect the American citizens. And the NSA does this through wiretaps, emails, and etc. "Last April, Americans saw some of the benefits of living with increased surveillance. Within hours of the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three and injured more than 250, authorities began sifting through a mountain of video footage-from government and private surveillance cameras and images shot by spectators on their phones. By the end of the week, the suspects had been identified and captured before they could harm anyone else." said Patricia Smith of the New York Times, October 2nd, 2013. Things like the Boston Marathon Bombing are exactly why the NSA is collecting data. To step in when our nation is threatened. This access to media helps protect and resolve such cases quicker and is therefore, beneficial towards the United States.

Secondly, Most Technology Doesn"t Receive the Right of Privacy. Individuals receive no Fourth Amendment protection unless they can demonstrate that they have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the place that was searched or the property that was seized. The U.S. Supreme Court explained that what "a person knowingly exposes to the public, even in his own home or office, is not a subject of Fourth Amendment protection. (This is also known as expectation of privacy.) Toby Melville on May 17th, 2013 for Reuters wrote, "By carrying a cell phone, someone is essentially waiving their Fourth Amendment right to due process. "Given the ubiquity and celebrity of geolocation technologies, an individual has no legitimate expectation of privacy in the perspective of a cellular telephone where that individual has failed to protect his privacy by taking the simple expedient of powering it off," New York magistrate judge Gary Brown wrote. "As to control by the user, all of the known tracking technologies may be defeated by merely turning off the phone. Indeed " excluding apathy or inattention " the only reason that users leave cell phones turned on is so that the device can be located to receive calls. Conversely, individuals who do not want to be disturbed by unwanted telephone calls at a particular time or place simply turn their phones off, knowing that they cannot be located."

Which leads to my third point that The NSA Only Looks at Relevant Surveillance. The NSA isn"t doing this for entertainment. They"re not going to use anything they find to publicly embarrass people. If they"re looking through Facebook, emails, Twitter, what-have-you, it"s to protect us and other people. Ellen Nakashima for the New York Times in September of this year wrote, "In response to the story, an NSA spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement that the NSA is foreign intelligence agency and its activities are conducted according to procedures approved by the attorney general and defense secretary to protect Americans" privacy interests. "We know there is a false perception out there that NSA listens to the phone calls and reads the email of everyday Americans, aiming to unlawfully monitor or profile US citizens," the statement said. "It"s just not the case. NSA"s activities are directed against foreign intelligence targets in response to requirements from US leaders in order to protect the nation and its interest from threats such as terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction."

In conclusion, NSA Surveillance is Vital For National Security, Most Technology Doesn"t Receive the Right of Privacy, and The NSA only looks at relevant surveillance. The NSA programs are for the protection of the American citizens, and I have proved that with my three points.
Debate Round No. 1
Samallama

Con

Samallama forfeited this round.
THE_DEBATE_LORD

Pro

So since my opponent forfeited the last round, then my the contentions still stand.
Debate Round No. 2
Samallama

Con

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THE_DEBATE_LORD

Pro

THE_DEBATE_LORD forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
Samallama

Con

Samallama forfeited this round.
THE_DEBATE_LORD

Pro

So basically all you need to see from this round is that
1. NSA Surveillance is Vital For National Security
2. Most Technology Doesn"t Receive the Right of Privacy
3.The NSA only looks at relevant surveillance
Thank you
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by travis18352 3 years ago
travis18352
ok then i will not be debating because i believe that nsa spying harms liberty
Posted by Samallama 3 years ago
Samallama
Con will be arguing that the benefits of domestic surveillance by the NSA outweigh the harms while pro will argue that the benefits of domestic surveillance by the NSA do not outweigh the harms.
Posted by travis18352 3 years ago
travis18352
well what would pro be arguing? will pro be arguing that the benifits outway the harms?
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