In order to prevent more attacks, should the government have the authority to spy on Americans?
The very last thing the government should have is more power to spy on us than they already have to begin with. They never should have been able to period, it is a total invasion of our privacy that we all have a right to. We are not innocent till proven guilty, or at least I thought we weren't, it's hard to tell in this country anymore. But no way should the government have the authority or more to the point any further authority to spy on Americans to prevent anything. It is not right, no matter what the supposed ends are.
I well know that there is no "right to privacy" written into the U.S. Constitution but there is in fact the 4th Amendment which restricts "unreasonable search and seizure." When the government spies on its citizens, it violates that Amendment and weakens the Nation as a whole more than any attack could.
There is a need for all people to resist such spying. It is a sadness to me that many of the Nation's citizens are unaware of their Constitutional rights and their importance.
The prevention of attacks can be prevented by decreasing the amount of outlets that someone could possibly use to attack. This does not have to include spying on an innocent American citizen who has a right not to be spied on. The United States is made up of citizens, not a government.
It is unrealistic to think that this type of invasive action will prevent attacks. It only results in the government clamping down harder on our personal liberties. If we give the government too much power, then it is only a matter of time until they abuse that power. The citizens of this country must hold on to the freedoms we have left. Maybe if we weren't bombing innocent civilians in other countries then we wouldn't have a threat of terrorist attack. You know what a terrorist attack is? It's that that thing where a foreign country flies into your country and bombs your civilians.
Americans have a right to privacy above all. Another writer on this issue has it right--giving up liberty for security means we deserve neither. Spying on Americans has never been cool. There must never be a "big brother" society in which every movement is monitored. Spying is a violation of civil rights, plain and simple.