Do the benefits of domestic surveillance by the NSA outweigh the harm?

Asked by: oliviabohlmann
  • I don't see any benefits!

    So far, there have been multiple public shootings and even a domestic politically charged terror attack in the United States since the NSA's secretive domestic surveillance program was set up. It doesn't look like it's doing a lot other than invading the constitutionally granted privacy of American citizens. It needs to be dismantled immediately.

  • Yes, the benefits of domestic surveillance by the NSA outweigh the harm.

    Yes, the benefits of domestic surveillance by the NSA outweigh the harm. I look at it like this, if you are not commuting any crimes what do you have to worry about? People say they don't want their private conversations being listened in on, but you will never know it if you aren't committing a crime. Sure people may laugh at some things you are saying but you won't know it, so it doesn't really affect you. I would rather have the NSA, I have a weird sex fetish than to have another terrorist attack like 9/11 on the Untied States.

  • They dont have the right to look at our email or listen to our conversation

    These people are so rude for listening to our conversation we should have our privacy.They don"t have the right it isn"t fair they can harm us.We have feelings too.If they had an experience of someone listening to what they said or wrote how would they feel?They should really stop listening to our conversation or just ask us first.

  • It is in fact just

    According to the Patriot act, which was written after the U.S. Constitution, is is in fact justified. The Constitution was written in an age where social websites, and technology for that matter, were no where near what it is today. Social networking websites like facebook, and even just your regular e-mail have made the the 4th Amendment less prominent. So in a way, we already forfeit our Right to Privacy. Also to quote the Bill of Rights Amendment 4, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” I would like to point out the word within the amendment " Unreasonable" Monitoring your personal phone calls would be Unreasonable, but to prevent a threat to our nation does not seem unreasonable to me. This is all the NSA hopes to accomplish. The NSA only wishes to prevent attacks against the U.S.

  • Better Safe Than Sorry

    Terrorism killed 7,473 people in 2011. How can we protect ourselves from this without surveillance? Beside, NSA surveillance is protected under the Patriot Act. So basically, you guys gave your government the right to spy on you, whether you like it or not. I'm not a big fan of giving up all my privacy, but in the interest of security, 70% of people would let the government watch them strip. Better safe than sorry?

  • Privacy Means Privacy!

    The NSA has barely done anything to stop terror attacks. Sure, they helped a bit with the Boston marathon bombing, but did they stop it? No! They didn't even get halfway through stopping the terrorist attack. The NSA thinks that they can stop those things, but they cannot. I would agree with them if they had a really smart software for themselves and the computers detected plans for terrorist attacks. That way, only the computer knows what people are sending to each other and what they are talking about. What do you think? Remember, privacy means privacy!

  • Terrorism? It's not good...

    Even if a very small percentage of terrorism is stopped, it is still a percentage. Let's take September 11 for example: 2,977 people were killed that day. 9/11 is a very very very very small percentage of the total terrorism in the world, but that's 3000 people, innocent people, that were killed. Even if terrorism is a small percentage, it could end up killing thousands. One simple terrorist plot could take out thousands of innocent people. So no, the benefits of privacy does not outweigh the fact that hundreds of people, even thousands, can be killed.

  • NSA Program Not Beneficial for Americans

    Unfortunately, the dangers of the NSA's domestic spying on Americans far outweigh the benefits. The NSA needs to end these programs immediately and never resurrect them. Spying on American citizens by the United States government is unforgiveable. There's no reason that such spying should occur, and it doesn't stop terrorism.

  • Harm outweighs domestic surveillance benefits

    The benefits of domestic surveillance by the NSA do not outweigh the harms. This is because of the fact that the American public is taking a huge hit to their right to privacy as it is being invaded by the NSA. The average American poses no threat to America itself and shouldn't be spied upon.

  • NSA Benefits Do Not Outweigh Harm

    No, the supposed benefits of domestic surveillance by the NSA do not outweigh the harm being done to citizen privacy. There is as of yet no evidence that the NSA has successfully deterred any terrorist attacks, and indeed, the NSA may have been collecting evidence of citizens private data before 9/11, and they certainly did not stop those attacks.

  • It should not be so

    The constitution is SUPREME. The law of the land is not a suggestion. The 4th amendment is important to americans and the protection of privacy but one policy after another has torn it down. The institution which is meant to protect the natural rights of the people should not be doing everything in its power to violate those rights for any reason.

  • No they don't.

    The 1st and 4th Amendments to the USA Constitution were intended to protect the citizens against overreaches of authority like this. There has to be probably cause, or the spying is not justified, plain and simple. I said hip hop, hippy to the hip hop, you don't stop, rock it to thew bang bang boogey up jump the beat.

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