Which is More Important, Personal Privacy or Public Safety

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Amedexyius says2016-06-23T01:53:01.1914517Z
Unless you are the exact type of criminal that federal watch list departments are looking for, then you shouldn't be against this. Security completely overtakes privacy on a debate scale. It is in the common interests of the nation, not yourself when security measures such as individual analysis screening are implemented for the common goal of preventing fatal attacks to a nation. Conservatives worry that their privacy will be leaked. It will not. The information gathered by the federal security Ministries and Departments are kept in a non-public containment that is only for government officials to see. Not to mention, the only information gathered is potentially threatening and terrorist related conversations and virtual materials. Another reason is that it isn't a person gathering your information. It is a specified program made to search for specific wording and sentences that can be led as a possible threat to the nation or local areas. Only after the gathered information is secured will federal agents analyze the conversations collected. If it is not helpful to counter-terrorism, the information may be scrapped.
Black-Jesus says2016-06-23T05:39:57.7432447Z
So what happens when government are seized by those with mal-intent, as they often are, and utilize the power you handed to them to work against the people?
Amedexyius says2016-06-23T17:19:50.6030485Z
@Black-Jesus That's extremely unlikely for any nation with the potential to create programs of surveillance on their own citizens. Besides, your statement is an outlier and a completely different argument within itself.
Black-Jesus says2016-06-23T19:12:24.9963039Z
That is not an extremely unlikely: it happens now, I'm sure it happened it the past and it is perfectly reasonable to think it will happen in the future.
Black-Jesus says2016-06-23T19:14:40.4287426Z
It's foolish and naive to trust government. Governments are made of people, and when people receive power, they go bad. The power they have, the more corrupt they tend to get and the more they use that power. I'm not sure how to tell that to someone who hasn't figured it out themselves already.
Amedexyius says2016-06-23T21:46:00.6925597Z
@Black-Jesus, I'm afraid that this argument will turn into a trust for government debate within itself. I'd be happy to debate with you the topic of government trust. If you acknowledge my request, I'll set up a debate right away. I notice you're right wing and I am left wing so I trust it'll be an interesting debate.
Black-Jesus says2016-06-24T01:44:13.1939029Z
I'm not right wing. I'm not really left wing either, but I'm more left wing than right. I just don't trust the government as much as you do. I mean, I think that's more of a left stance, anyway.
Razzlez says2016-07-07T06:05:39.5596874Z
Privacy is based off of distrust embarrassment. I totally respect privacy in terms of your body but people over emphasis the idea of privacy when it comes to records and information. Unless the information can harm you physically, emotionally, spiritualy, or financially, then you shouldn't need to hide it.
georgiageymuller says2017-01-13T20:07:09.4632369Z
My personal opinion is that surveillance is necessary for safety precautions. After the attack on 9/11 the government should not be sorry that they are being extra careful in surveilling us. Protecting our country is what the government needs to do, but there is a line to be drawn. When it comes to watching surveillance on a computer or pulling out text messages, I believe that is going a little too far, and we, as the people have the right to privacy.
georgiageymuller says2017-01-13T20:07:41.6616369Z
My personal opinion is that surveillance is necessary for safety precautions. After the attack on 9/11 the government should not be sorry that they are being extra careful in surveilling us. Protecting our country is what the government needs to do, but there is a line to be drawn. When it comes to watching surveillance on a computer or pulling out text messages, I believe that is going a little too far, and we, as the people have the right to privacy.
HEYBABYCAKES says2017-01-13T20:10:25.9261419Z
In my opinion, FBI surveillance is necessary for safety. It should done to an extent. There is no reason for the government to be watching you from your computer or following your day to day online or phone call activity, unless you have been found to be a threat. If you are on a government watch list or considered a threat, then it is necessary.
bryi says2017-01-13T20:10:58.2996369Z
I believe that everyone needs privacy. There's so much technology and different ways to tap into someones personal life now and days it's ridiculous. Yes, the American government does need to make sure that the people are safe and out of harm's way, but that does not include tapping into a non threatening person's life.
adam.b17 says2017-01-13T20:11:14.0365419Z
I am a firm believer that if you aren’t doing anything wrong, you have no reason to be caught for something. If the government wants to search an individual via the form of wiretapping, the individual should come out clean if he has not done anything wrong. Although it seems a bit intrusive to listen in on your phone calls or follow a text message thread, it is important to be more safe than sorry. Our government often does things to protect us, although some of their actions seem to be a bit exorbitant. In wake of the September 11 attacks, the government officials may have had had a lack of knowledge of what would happen next. If we upped our security, there would be no need to monitor our personal devices.
adam.b17 says2017-01-13T20:11:29.3436369Z
I am a firm believer that if you aren’t doing anything wrong, you have no reason to be caught for something. If the government wants to search an individual via the form of wiretapping, the individual should come out clean if he has not done anything wrong. Although it seems a bit intrusive to listen in on your phone calls or follow a text message thread, it is important to be more safe than sorry. Our government often does things to protect us, although some of their actions seem to be a bit exorbitant. In wake of the September 11 attacks, the government officials may have had had a lack of knowledge of what would happen next. If we upped our security, there would be no need to monitor our personal devices.
Black-Jesus says2017-01-13T21:20:25.5865419Z
^Are these guys freaking anyone else out?^
Black-Jesus says2017-01-13T21:23:23.2237419Z
Three of them are eighteen, one is twenty and they all joined an hour before I posted this comment to necropost on this topic and all of them are agreeing that the government should be allowed to invade privacy on behalf of safety except one who's just kinda disagreeing. Am I being paranoid? Am I being punk'd or something?
Ricky_Bobby1234 says2017-01-13T21:38:07.5565419Z
You are crazy if you don't think that public safety is less important that personal privacy. Would you want to go out into the street and have to think about getting killed. Sure people can look at what you are doing, but if you aren't doing anything wrong than what do you have to lose. They can look all they want, go ahead. Public safety is so much more important than personal privacy.
rustyd says2017-01-13T21:42:04.2900369Z
I think while both are important, privacy is the a little bit more important. While I think that National security is still prevalent, the safety of the single American should be valued at a high enough level to protect their security. I think that the NSA should be allowed to record our phone calls, they should record every group of people, not just one community, or race.
joedirtIII says2017-01-13T21:43:13.6320369Z
Safety is more important than privacy. By all your messages, phone calls and emails going through the government we have a chance to prevent terrorist attacks and other mass murderers in the future. You should not be worried about privacy because if you are truly an innocent person the government will not continue to follow you if someone claims something about you and you will have no reason to worry. Putting privacy in front of safety leads to bigger consequences. Putting privacy first will prohibit our knowledge on communications between highly dangerous people and countries. By putting safety first we keep everyones life safer and could potentially stop major threats to our country.
J.Jamess says2017-01-13T21:45:07.0873419Z
National safety should always be in the first place. You don't want to protect one individual's safety and put thousands people's lives in danger. Your privacy means nothing if you are dead.
joedirtjr says2017-01-13T21:45:28.9776369Z
What you think doesn't matter at all. Everyone should get over them self and allow the government to watch over our lives. It is not a right to live in this country it is a privilege, and if you don't want to follow our rules I will personally buy you a plane ticket and help escort you out of the country. I believe this country is headed towards the light, don't be the guy to mess it up for us all. Me personally, I want to know I will have a tomorrow and want to know that my family will come home safe due to the fact that our country is looking out for us. God bless america and #MAGA2017
lippy says2017-01-13T21:45:35.1361419Z
I believe that it is important that we protect the safety of the citizen but only to a certain extant we should not wiretap or track anyone that has no criminal background or has no affiliation to anyone who has a reasonable cause to track. Unless it is of reasonable cause that there is an immediate risk to public safety the government should still have to go through the proper channels to access peoples information.
lala2 says2017-01-13T21:47:56.4912369Z
Safety is always the most important thing. Although in my opinion if a little bit of privacy needs to be compromised to keep people safe then its ok. If someone does something multiple times to give the government suspicion then the government should be allowed to investigate them. Although if someone does something once without any other suspicious activity then they shouldn't be looked into.
BeyonceLover says2017-01-13T21:49:14.7876369Z
Of course public safety is important. That's almost non-negotiable, however, if we give up our privacy, what is left to protect? If it's one individuals privacy versus the safety of a country, that becomes a slightly different story. If we all surrender our privacy, than that just opens the door for more shady and possibly illegal things to happen. I don't think there is a way to have one of these without the other. They are very dependent on each other. There has to be a balance between the two.
liancolby says2017-01-13T21:53:25.1676369Z
The government should not allowed to interfere with the privacy of the American people. If the police department or other legal officials have a reasonable justification as to why they are searching a particular person, then the government should be allowed to investigate the person even further. I believe that the people should be guaranteed their privacy, but if they act suspicious or behave in such a way that requires extra attention, then the government should consult the situation and examine the suspect if necessary. Safety should be a number one priority in the American government. We would rather be safe than sorry and closely watch and inspect an innocent man than let a bad man out into the public.
liancolby says2017-01-13T21:53:57.1753419Z
The government should not allowed to interfere with the privacy of the American people. If the police department or other legal officials have a reasonable justification as to why they are searching a particular person, then the government should be allowed to investigate the person even further. I believe that the people should be guaranteed their privacy, but if they act suspicious or behave in such a way that requires extra attention, then the government should consult the situation and examine the suspect if necessary. Safety should be a number one priority in the American government. We would rather be safe than sorry and closely watch and inspect an innocent man than let a bad man out into the public.
liancolby says2017-01-13T21:54:27.2053419Z
The government should not allowed to interfere with the privacy of the American people. If the police department or other legal officials have a reasonable justification as to why they are searching a particular person, then the government should be allowed to investigate the person even further. I believe that the people should be guaranteed their privacy, but if they act suspicious or behave in such a way that requires extra attention, then the government should consult the situation and examine the suspect if necessary. Safety should be a number one priority in the American government. We would rather be safe than sorry and closely watch and inspect an innocent man than let a bad man out into the public.
liancolby says2017-01-13T21:55:28.1077419Z
The government should not allowed to interfere with the privacy of the American people. If the police department or other legal officials have a reasonable justification as to why they are searching a particular person, then the government should be allowed to investigate the person even further. I believe that the people should be guaranteed their privacy, but if they act suspicious or behave in such a way that requires extra attention, then the government should consult the situation and examine the suspect if necessary. Safety should be a number one priority in the American government. We would rather be safe than sorry and closely watch and inspect an innocent man than let a bad man out into the public.
katie.ma18 says2017-01-14T17:56:59.0615404Z
Although this is a fine line to define, I believe it is more important to keep yourself and others safe. It is essential to detect terrorist attacks early and detect criminal acts. I don’t think total access to our personal lives is a good idea, but I do believe that it is in the common interest of America to keep our country safe, even if that means the regulations or privacy settings that come with it. Additionally, the FBI tries to promote an equal level of surveillance among all races; for example FBI director, James Comey, promotes this by having all new FBI agents visit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memorial site as a reminder that Martin Luther was wrongly supervised and that as a nation we must see all races equally. It is hard to define what is the correct amount of surveillance, but overall I believe as a country we will find the right amount of surveillance and our country will be safer because of it.
loves2spooge says2017-01-15T16:30:28.3775082Z
I feel as though safety is an important, but sometimes overlooked, precaution that Americans need to consider. We're lucky enough to live in a wonderful country, we're also lucky that the country uses its best efforts to protect its citizens; something not everyone else can say, unfortunately. The measures that are taken to ensure our privacy are sometimes questionable, and likely could be handled in a more constructive way that benefits all Americans. However, if our privacy needs to be voided a little to ensure our safety, then we must certainly agree that it's being done for the best.
sav says2017-01-15T21:09:15.2865061Z
Safety is more important than the privacy of the American people. The people of America shouldn’t be worried about their privacy as much as their safety when the Government is surveilling them. The people of America should have a right to their privacy, but if invading someone’s privacy for the well being of the person is necessary, then it should be done by all means. I believe that a person would rather be safe than have their privacy from the government.
mmollymm says2017-01-16T16:43:10.2604525Z
I believe that safety trumps privacy with certain limitations. People cannot expect for to have the same privacy rights they did 20-some years ago with 9/11, ISIS and other threatening situations. Bottom line, the world is not as secure and trustworthy as it was a couple decade ago. That is reality. With that being said, having safety over privacy is something that needs to be done in order to protect the American people as a whole. The decision becomes clear when you think not only about yourself in this situation. When taking a step back and looking at everyone this affects, it is clear that the amount of people that will be exposed for illegal activity could later be very beneficial to society. Although I do believe safety should come first, it should be to an extent. I do not think it's right for the FBI to intervene without probable cause. Listening in on a conversation that I have with my mom about dinner will not be doing American safety any good. Meaning, they should only tap into the people in which they believe to have the slightest bit of suspicion about. But wait, then people are going to complain that they were wrongly violated of privacy rights. Well no, the FBI should have the right to act on suspicious behavior, so obviously the person was doing something sketchy in order to be caught. Basically, having more safety in replacement to privacy will benefit the U.S. in the long run.
mmollymm says2017-01-16T16:43:36.1935481Z
I believe that safety trumps privacy with certain limitations. People cannot expect for to have the same privacy rights they did 20-some years ago with 9/11, ISIS and other threatening situations. Bottom line, the world is not as secure and trustworthy as it was a couple decade ago. That is reality. With that being said, having safety over privacy is something that needs to be done in order to protect the American people as a whole. The decision becomes clear when you think not only about yourself in this situation. When taking a step back and looking at everyone this affects, it is clear that the amount of people that will be exposed for illegal activity could later be very beneficial to society. Although I do believe safety should come first, it should be to an extent. I do not think it's right for the FBI to intervene without probable cause. Listening in on a conversation that I have with my mom about dinner will not be doing American safety any good. Meaning, they should only tap into the people in which they believe to have the slightest bit of suspicion about. But wait, then people are going to complain that they were wrongly violated of privacy rights. Well no, the FBI should have the right to act on suspicious behavior, so obviously the person was doing something sketchy in order to be caught. Basically, having more safety in replacement to privacy will benefit the U.S. in the long run.
normandyt says2017-01-17T14:39:22.2794998Z
I think the government has justification and authority to keep tabs on its citizens. I have done some research, and it states that their domestic spying initiative has stopped several terrorist attacks. I do not think it is justified to spy on citizens who are not suspicious or show signs of threatening the country, but the government should be allowed to spy on everyone. If a citizen has not broken the law and has not done anything wrong, then they should have nothing to worry about. I do not think the government has the right to share citizens private information unless it is a matter of security. The government spying on certain races is simply them being very racist. They should only be spying on people if they have acted suspicious.
normandyt says2017-01-17T14:39:52.0910998Z
I think the government has justification and authority to keep tabs on its citizens. I have done some research, and it states that their domestic spying initiative has stopped several terrorist attacks. I do not think it is justified to spy on citizens who are not suspicious or show signs of threatening the country, but the government should be allowed to spy on everyone. If a citizen has not broken the law and has not done anything wrong, then they should have nothing to worry about. I do not think the government has the right to share citizens private information unless it is a matter of security. The government spying on certain races is simply them being very racist. They should only be spying on people if they have acted suspicious.
Borenp says2017-01-18T14:24:07.4603916Z
We live in an age today where several hate groups are out to kill us solely because we are Americans. Protecting us is one of the Governments most important jobs, if not the most important. They should be able to do whatever it takes to make sure every citizen is safe. If you have nothing to hide, and are doing nothing wrong, why should you be worried if the government can monitor us?
johngreer.g17 says2017-01-18T16:24:52.0435250Z
Personally, I believe that we should have security over privacy. My stance on this is based off a foiled terrorist attack that would’ve taken place in Dallas around 2011 or 2012. Years ago I took a class at school, and we had a guest speaker come in. This guest speaker came in and told us about how a man in Italy Texas had plans to commit a terrorist act and was looking for supporters online. This activity caught the attention of the CIA at which point the CIA got involved and began to trick him into coming out to commit what he thought was a terrorist attack but was actually a sting operation. This operation helped stop hundreds of deaths in Dallas. Because of the NSA monitoring emails, phone calls, and other online actions, there were able to identify and stop a terrorist threat before it happened. Understandably some people don’t want their privacy invaded because they don’t want people to see what they do. However, I find that the government doesn’t care about what is on your hard drive as long as you aren’t breaking the law or hurting others. If you aren’t doing anything wrong, you have nothing to hide.
johngreer.g17 says2017-01-18T16:25:13.5363896Z
Personally, I believe that we should have security over privacy. My stance on this is based off a foiled terrorist attack that would’ve taken place in Dallas around 2011 or 2012. Years ago I took a class at school, and we had a guest speaker come in. This guest speaker came in and told us about how a man in Italy Texas had plans to commit a terrorist act and was looking for supporters online. This activity caught the attention of the CIA at which point the CIA got involved and began to trick him into coming out to commit what he thought was a terrorist attack but was actually a sting operation. This operation helped stop hundreds of deaths in Dallas. Because of the NSA monitoring emails, phone calls, and other online actions, there were able to identify and stop a terrorist threat before it happened. Understandably some people don’t want their privacy invaded because they don’t want people to see what they do. However, I find that the government doesn’t care about what is on your hard drive as long as you aren’t breaking the law or hurting others. If you aren’t doing anything wrong, you have nothing to hide.
wassburger says2017-01-18T16:31:39.2503250Z
In my opinion public safety of over personal privacy. I would sacrifice some of my privacy to keep the peace. Also, when government look into your information, they would not care about anything that’s embarrassing about you, so it is not hurting you in anyways. I am a firm believer that if you didn’t do anything illegal, there’s nothing to be afraid of. With that being said, if my privacy can prevent potential attacks, I wouldn’t mind sacrificing it.
HalfricanAmerican says2017-01-18T16:44:53.8404235Z
Safety should be America’s top priority. It is important that we allow our government to protect us against possible threats. It is a good thing that the government monitors potential threats by surveying people that use certain keywords and watching people of interest. There is of course should be a limit to surveillance but the American should be willing to sacrifice a small amount of liberty so that American lives can be saved.
kinizzle says2017-01-18T17:01:37.3063250Z
Public safety should be held as priority to privacy. Although we should have the very important right to our own privacy, I believe the government should be able to search for certain "buzzwords" and be able to have access to the people's information just to see what they're up to and if they are a threat or not. The sole reason for this, however, should be for the protection of the country. The very second the government does something with the information that is not for public safety, that is a direct violation to our citizen's privacy. The only people that would be monitored are the people that are actually searching or talking about things that are threats to national security. If they are being monitored, it is because they have reason to be under suspicion- why would these things be brought up if they aren't doing something bad? However, if people are doing these things out of curiosity or any other reason that would not directly affect national security, they should be put under watch and if they are up to nothing the government will eventually realize.
helainah says2017-01-18T17:02:11.7979250Z
For many people privacy is of the utmost importance, but for those who engage in criminal activity, where is the line drawn on disturbing personal privacy? There have been many speculations that the NSA listens in on everyone's phone calls, while I find this disturbing, I do think it can be beneficial in the case of catching terrorists. Many people value privacy greatly and because of this I think a better system should be put in place for monitoring phone calls and emails. Rather than evaluating everyone's phone calls, only those who are under speculation of criminal acts should have their personal life monitored.
clarktm6 says2017-01-18T18:26:53.4315951Z
I personally believe the safety of our people should come before their privacy. Surveillance is necessary to prevent certain crimes like terrorism. It is better safe than sorry. There is no reason privacy should come ahead of safety. It does not matter if the government is in your stuff if you are not doing anything wrong. If you have nothing to hide, it should not be a problem. Also, certain people need to be watched more than others. It is impossible to prevent crime if you need evidence of the crime to investigate it. Safety is much more important than privacy.
clarktm6 says2017-01-18T18:27:30.8401553Z
I personally believe the safety of our people should come before their privacy. Surveillance is necessary to prevent certain crimes like terrorism. It is better safe than sorry. There is no reason privacy should come ahead of safety. It does not matter if the government is in your stuff if you are not doing anything wrong. If you have nothing to hide, it should not be a problem. Also, certain people need to be watched more than others. It is impossible to prevent crime if you need evidence of the crime to investigate it. Safety is much more important than privacy.
clarktm6 says2017-01-18T18:28:37.3581289Z
I personally believe the safety of our people should come before their privacy. Surveillance is necessary to prevent certain crimes like terrorism. It is better safe than sorry. There is no reason privacy should come ahead of safety. It does not matter if the government is in your stuff if you are not doing anything wrong. If you have nothing to hide, it should not be a problem. Also, certain people need to be watched more than others. It is impossible to prevent crime if you need evidence of the crime to investigate it. Safety is much more important than privacy.
bellap7 says2017-01-24T05:01:09.2536324Z
I personally think that safety should come first. If you don't have anything to hide, I don't think you should really be worried about the government monitoring you. It’s a little uncomfortable for the government to know all of the stupid things I look up, but it’s worth it if it helps keep myself and everyone else safe.
Borenp says2017-01-24T14:18:27.6474662Z
We live in an age today where several hate groups are out to kill us solely because we are Americans. Protecting us is one of the Government's most important jobs, if not the most important. They should be able to do whatever it takes to make sure every citizen is safe. If you have nothing to hide, and are doing nothing wrong, why should you be worried if the government can monitor us?
normandyt says2017-01-24T16:51:03.5242005Z
The government has every right to have access to peoples privacy in the means of national security. If a person does not have anything dangerous or suspicious to hide, then they should not be afraid of the government searching through their privacy. However, the government should not be allowed to leak or reveal any secrets they have found while searching through peoples privacy.
NABATAEAN says2017-08-22T05:08:45.4084961Z
2 reasons that privacy is more important... 1. People are evil and greedy. Spying on me could lead the watcher to blackmailing me. This would be a likely outcome... 2. Privacy is a Constitutional Right.
BennyW says2018-06-03T21:11:00.8454662Z
The way this is generally presented is a false dichotomy. You cannot have safety without privacy, so privacy is the primary concern. The more privacy is taken away the less safe we are. It is what has happened in every single dictatorship.

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