• Yes, NSA surveillance is worth it.

    Yes, NSA surveillance is worth it. NSA surveillance is worth it if it can potentially stop another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Anything that could prevent a terrorist attack and save hundreds maybe thousands of live sis worth the inconvenience it may cause us citizens.So in my opinion giving up some privacy to prevent terrorism is worth it.

  • NSA surveillance is worth it.

    NSA surveillance is worth it because it helps to protect the country. People who are not committing crimes or planning acts of terrorism should not care if the government is monitoring them because they have nothing to hide. It is necessary to lose some civil rights in order to protect the country.

  • Yes it is a necessary evil

    Yes the US was caught spying, but it doesn't change the fact that everyone spies and that it is a necessary evil in this world. If you don't spy then you are losing big time because everyone else is still going to be spying. Spying is almost an accepted evil in the world of politics.

  • The US Constitution limits law enforcement.

    A major thread underlying the US Constitution and Bill of Rights is restriction on the powers of government, Especially law enforcement, As the people who drafted the Constitution had lived under a system where individual liberties could be -- and were -- revoked by government fiat, In this case that of the British Crown, In order to suppress dissent.

    The blanket, Unregulated surveillance by government organizations that have largely been exempted from the proper checks and balances of the Constitution, Which has become the surveillance state is intrinsically destructive to democracy. Widespread surveillance is nothing more than a blanket, De facto, Cancellation of the Fourth Amendment.

  • Unconstitutional, not worth the money, and overall, unreasonable.

    There has been an extreme civilian uproar since that time, and a poll by the Washington post was conducted, where 69% of people polled were concerned about the collection of personal information over the internet through social media, internet, and their cell phone providers. And although the NSA says it’s doing this to keep american lives safe, many question if all the spying the NSA is doing is actually benefitting them. The fourth amendment is brought up a lot in this discussion, It protects people from unlawful searches and seizures. This means that the police can't search you or your house without a warrant or probable cause. Sadly, the NSA has slithered itself around this amendment, using metadata from third parties on the internet. Besides this, libertarian law professor Richard Epstein believes civil rights and liberties should not be infringed on by the NSA because of thoughts of Terrorism. He also uses factual evidence to explain that most homicides in the U.S are not from a terrorist threat, and how spying on all citizens in the United States is not worth the money or reasonable, as there is a 0.0001% chance of anyone in the U.S being a murderer, or terrorist. Out of all the money put into the NSA for funding, which CNN estimates to be around 10 billion dollars a year, turns out there is also absolutely no evidence that any of the surveillance the NSA does makes American lives safer. NSA director general Keith Alexander claimed that the NSA disrupted 54 terrorist plots. In october, he revised the number down to 13, and then to “one or two”. The only plot that was confirmed prevented by the NSA was a man in San Diego trying to send $8500 to a Somali militant group, and the case involved no attack plot anywhere in the world. The FBI waited two months to begin an investigation and wiretap his phone. Although it’s unclear why there was a delay between the NSA tip and the FBI wiretapping his phone, court documents show there was a two month wait period in which the FBI was not monitoring his calls, despite official statements that the bureau had his phone number and had identified him, this shows that the database of Americans’ telephone metadata by the NSA does not speed the investigative process, since it clearly didn’t speed up the process in the single case that the NSA prides itself off of.

  • BOO NSA Boo!

    As stated before, my partner and I want to abolish the NSA. The NSA is not helping us at all. We think the harms outweigh the benefits. “We have never heard of PRISM,” said Steve Dowling, a spokesman for Apple. “We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer data must get a court order.” Apple thinks safety comes first. I do too.
    I shall now state my case. Modern terrorists online are a real risk. No amount of security can completely eliminate risk of terrorists. The NSA used the program PRISM for this search. The PRISM program utilizes extensive data mining efforts to collect information and analyze that data for patterns of terrorist or other potential criminal activity. No warrants were issued for the PRISM program. Instead, it operates under a broader authorization from federal judges who oversee the use of FISA. FISA stands for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. This court determines what is and is not legal for intelligence agencies to do. The records that we know of indicate that they rarely turn down requests from the NSA. According to U.S. Senate candidate Kesha Rogers, "Barack Obama assassinated at least three American citizens, Anwar Al-Awlaki, his 16-year-old son, Samir Khan, and Jude Mohammed, without benefit of due process of law." That is completely not following the 4th amendment. The fourth amendment states that the government cannot search people's homes without a warrant. The National Defense Authorization Act makes it so if the government suspects you are a terrorist, then they can hold you or imprison you without any evidence. That is not following the 5th amendment, which states innocent until proven guilty. Edward Snowden says he can wiretap anyone. "Any analyst at any time can target anyone. Any selector. Anywhere," Snowden said in a video on the Guardian's website. "I, sitting at my desk, had the authority to wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant to a federal judge to even the president if I had a personal email." - Edward Snowden.
    Attack the Affirmative plan or case."Hacking is a serious national security problem and the government should be able to take steps to prevent it," said Mark Bartholomew, a professor of law and a cybersecurity expert at the University at Buffalo.
    The NSA is doing nothing to help us. The National Security Agency abuses its power and attacks innocent citizens. Here in America, privacy comes first. We need to abolish the NSA. Thank you for listening and I hope you will support the Negative side.

  • Benjamin Franklin Said it Right

    Benjamin Franklin said, "Those that give up freedom in the name of security shall have neither." How true that aphorism still is more than 200 years later. The truth is, no matter how much spying or electronic surveillance is conducted, someone will always find a way to carry out a terrorist attack. The NSA's program didn't stop the Boston Marathon bombing now, did it? No, the NSA surveillance isn't worth it because ordinary citizens are automatically unwitting targets. Franklin's point can be taken one step further: how far will our freedoms erode? For right now, the NSA simply monitors phone calls and emails. What if they monitor credit cards, bank accounts, wire transfers and the like? What's next after that? Will the NSA have records of where we travel due to tiny GPS chips in our vehicles? What's to stop the NSA from doing such things? Congress must reign in this horrible program, otherwise those that think America is "exceptional" should go live in Russia if they want to put up with this kind of domestic spying stuff.

  • Where are the results?

    If NSA surveillance is really actively stopping crime and terrorism, where are the results? There have been three public shooting incidents in the last week. The Boston Marathon was bombed while the PRISM program was active. The only things I've seen is a bunch of defenses for collecting people's personal information.

  • NSA surveillance has nothing to do with our safety

    Boston Bombing or recent school shootings haven't been stopped, so now what? I don't hear about results about plots being stopped. Why? They keep on spying on the WRONG PEOPLE! 9/11 was not done by Americans, whats next? I bet the NSA is spying on its own allies, I wouldn't be surprised if the NSA causes conflicts with other countries when they begin to spy beyond their jurisdiction.

  • NSA surveillance is not worth it.

    I believe that the NSA is wasting precious resources by
    spying on innocent Americans. Americans
    didn’t attack the World Trade Center.
    The government should its energy finding the terrorists overseas that
    are making plans right now to attack the government again. They are wasting too much time by chasing and
    watching the wrong people.

  • NSA abusing power

    The NSA has no business tapping phones or seeing what a person writes on his or her computer. This is not an issue of ambiguity. In the Constitution, the 4th amendment makes it clear that the government is not permitted in such unwarranted searches nor can they invade privacy barring a warrant.

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