Big Brother: An American Reality Essay

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“Before Sept. 11, the idea that Americans would voluntarily agree to live their lives under the gaze of a network of biometric surveillance cameras, peering at them in government buildings, shopping malls, subways and stadiums, would have seemed unthinkable, a dystopian fantasy of a society that had surrendered privacy and anonymity”(Jeffrey Rosen). Where were you on September 11, 2001? Do you remember the world before this tragic incident? Throughout history, the United States has adopted forms of legislation with the intention of improving national security. From prohibition, to gun laws, the outcomes of these legislations have not always been good. In a post 9/11 era, the American people were devastated by the attacks on the world…show more content…
It was created as a government agency with more power and jurisdiction to help combat organized crime(A Brief History of the FBI). The FBI was granted special authority to gather information in the name of justice and security. Later, the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947 brought on a new form of government surveillance with new technological methods. These agencies have had an extraordinary amount of power and leeway through their history. The FBI and CIA weren't legally allowed to do domestic surveillance on American citizens without a court order. To this day, many argue that it is still not legal and unconstitutional to "spy" on American citizens without their knowledge or a court order. The legality of the Patriot Act and government surveillance needs to be brought into question today. At the time the Patriot Act was created, it was considered unpatriotic to question these new anti-terrorist prevention methods. More than a decade after the tragedy, we need to put things into perspective and look at the Patriot Act more closely than ever. The fast irrational behavior by politicians after 9/11 has cost the country basic freedoms and liberties. Benjamin Franklin once said, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Those who give up liberties in return for some protection will get neither. The American People need to

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