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Should government be allowed to spy on citizens?

Asked by: tkt123
  • Focus on Mosques

    We do know for a fact we are in a holy war with Islam ,not saying the majority of Muslims would participate the numbers of people that participate is huge ,3-400,000 Muslims ..The number of Muslims that want Sharia law in the USA is about 70%... By far the people committing acts of terror are at least 90% Muslim. It makes complete sense to use the Patriot act and listen in on every Mosque possible . I do not believe the average citizens should be spied on but using programs to flag key words or phases related to terrorist activities is legal and should be ..All these activities should be carefully overseen so as not to be abused ,but clearly concentrated on the Muslim community,,the leaders of these good people have declared war, so they should be monitored ..If they are good (the majority ) then they have nothing to fear ..Listening is not antagonizing , and certainly not labeling ,certainly a better alternative to internment camps and not even comparable . And the active training camps in the USA should be closely monitored if not dismantled

  • Is privacy more important then safety

    I rather have no privacy and be alive .When you think about if the government spies on you loose your privacy while decreasing the chance of being another victim of terrorism but if you don't let them you increase the chance of being a victim. So its a loose loose. Would you want the government take your privacy or would you rather be a victim of terrorism and still not have privacy

  • Is privacy more important than safety

    I rather have no privacy and be alive .When you think about if the government spies on you loose your privacy while decreasing the chance of being another victim of terrorism but if you don't let them you increase the chance of being a victim. So its a loose loose. Would you want the government take your privacy or would you rather be a victim of terrorism and still not have privacy

  • Is privacy more important than safety

    I rather have no privacy and be alive .When you think about if the government spies on you loose your privacy while decreasing the chance of being another victim of terrorism but if you don't let them you increase the chance of being a victim. So its a loose loose. Would you want the government take your privacy or would you rather be a victim of terrorism and still not have privacy

  • Overall safety of the society

    Government has a duty of providing safety to its citizen from dangerous elements of the society. And if spying on citizens helps to do that job in an easier and better way then it must be allowed. We as citizens should support government at times rather than criticising all the time.

  • Not without reasonable cause.

    Let me give and anecdote as to why spying is unfair: The FBI, in a campaign to catch suspected terrorists, sent an operative into a mosque somewhere in america. The operative had to act fundamentalist to try evoke other terrorists around the mosque. The people of the mosque eventually reported him to the FBI as an extremist and the whole mission "failed". How is that fair on the muslim people? To label people as a terrorist because of race. And similar operations happen all over the states and some even worse methods.

    Since when did safety equal surveillance? Not only is it unfair to the hard working and normal person to be eternally labelled as a potential threat but it shows how paranoid and elitist a government is to indiscriminately antagonize their people into good behavior.

  • Invasion of privacy

    Do you think someone can randomly come and just take something no right this is equal to what the government is doing and i don't think this is right as if this is what the government wants to do why not make a rule that being a terrorrist is allowed

  • Privacy should be prioritized over security.

    The fourth amendment states that we will be free from "unreasonable searches and seizure", and as such government spying on its own citizens is constitutionally illegal. The NSA's spying on its citizens is seizing information without a warrant, albeit electronically. Additionally such a program lends itself to certain abuses. In fact, the NSA has already recorded an instance of abuse, where an employee used the nature of the program in order to spy on nine women, and was only called out on it when one of the women complained that they thought that their boyfriend was tapping her phone calls.

  • The need to Gtfo

    You can't just spy on someone without a good reason. That is like having China attack Vietnam when neither has done anything to provoke the other. You can't spy on someone without proof they are a terrorist, traitor, etc. With proof that points to the possibility they might be a terrorist, then yes you can spy on them. Just saying anyone could be a terrorist is not a good reason.


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