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Should the government be allowed to spy on citizens?

  • to prevent evil.

    Imagine an individual or a group planing an act of terror. Or whatever the reason is. It would help the FBI or whatever investigation agency needs info or reason to arrest them. We could prevent plenty of stuff dont you think? But to spy to see who taking a shower i dont think so!

  • necessary for counter-terrorism.

    Governments spy on their citizens to ensure their safety. The government is not a person, so one cannot simply say that they are personally spying, its all emotionless procedure which we can feel free to ignore. American law doesn't allow the government to spy on its citizens though. So they spy on Australian citizens and give information to Australian in exchange for Australia spying on Americans and given information to the American government. Everyone is a winner.

  • Of course not

    We are human and we have rights, we have our privacy that must be respected by every one. God is tracking us so we are in no need to track each others unless there is a criminal or terrorist that must be captured to prosecute him or to send him to the court.

  • Learn from the lessons of the past

    The Nazi Party of Germany collect and spied on their own people and were not stopped by anyone and look how that turned out! If data is being collected and stored it would be hard to imagine that it is impossible for that never to be misused... Come on wake up to yourselves, take action to stop this.....

  • The Government is beholden to the people

    I believe there is a misconception that FREE citizens who have committed no crimes are somehow beholden to the government, it feels to me as though over time we as a society are losing perspective of why a government even exists. Frankly governments should be there to govern the people of its constituents and promote cohesion not control and scrutinize them. More and more it seems people surrender to governmental power as though we are it's serfs and it our ruler not unlike as monarchs in our history. The balance of power is shifting away from the people and congealing in a small pool of bureaucratic elite and wealthy aristocrats leaving the common folk to do naught but follow the lead of our "betters" - like all of human history.
    Knowledge is power, and the rich will soon own all yours.

  • It is not a good idea.

    Is a blatant violation of the 4th Amendment but the NSA does it anyway by reading people's emails. Now if you post something publicly on Facebook or Youtube, that is a different matter, you have voluntarily given out information. What it comes down to though is that we should never give up privacy or liberty for security. Liberty is security but the opposite is not true.

  • Leave me alone!

    Facebook and Google need to quit changing everything and selling out. It is very frustrating knowing that everything a person does on the internet may eventually be used against them. If that information somehow went public, it could ruin the life of a good hardworking citizen; who's only flaw is that he/she looked at something that they shouldn't have on the internet.

  • No, the government should not be allowed to spy on citizens.

    The government has no right to spy on its citizens without cause. Recent establishment of camera systems maintained by cities are being used for this purpose, and in the process stifling the civil liberties of everyone around the few who require monitoring. While there are some citizens who wish to break the law or harm others, hoarding personal, financial, and social information on the average citizen just in case they are breaking the law is a form of spying and is unjust and uncalled for.

  • No, the government should not be allowed to spy on citizens.

    The government is in our business enough as it is. I think they believe they are above the law and they can do as they please. We have rights, and if the government spies on us, it is an invasion of our privacy. We are citizens of the United states, and the majority of us have done nothing to deserve to be spied on.

  • No! Absolutely not

    It is a blatant violation of the 4th Amendment but the NSA does it anyway by reading people's emails. Now if you post something publicly on Facebook or Youtube, that is a different matter, you have voluntarily given out information. What it comes down to though is that we should never give up privacy or liberty for security. Liberty is security but the opposite is not true.

  • No, the government should not be allowed to spy on citizens.

    The government is in our business enough as it is. I think they believe they are above the law and they can do as they please. We have rights, and if the government spies on us, it is an invasion of our privacy. We are citizens of the United states, and the majority of us have done nothing to deserve to be spied on.


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16agerc says2013-05-10T16:35:11.040
Yes and no. Only those who generally cause trouble should be spied on but those who have never laid a finger on a single hair on anyones head should be spied on.