Big Brother Is Watching You

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When people talk about government snooping or spying on Americans the big thing they really have a problem with is the Patriot Act. What this act did was give sweeping surveillance and domestic gathering powers to law enforcement in the name of fighting terrorism. I wonder if you take a poll between the people who have suffered through a terror attack and the people who have not, how much off a difference in opinion there would be. The debate has heated up over the last few months thanks to an individual named Snowden. Who by the way is to chicken to even come back to his own country and back up his own accusations. Gen. Keith Alexander along with the director of the FBI testified before a House committee to answer these accusations.…show more content…
Even President Obama who criticized it while he was running for president has since had a change of heart and was part of why it got renewed in 2011. People have to understand that the government can’t just target any U.S. citizen, any other U.S. person, or anyone located with the United States. James Clapper, who is the director of the national intelligence, stated in a statement, which described the law. 'Information collected under this program is among the most important and valuable intelligence information we collect, and are used to protect our nation from a wide variety of threats (Williams, 2006).” So what this means to me is they are monitoring phone calls from people with known terrorists associations. General Michael Hayden who is the deputy director of the national intelligence stated that “This is targeted and focused. This is not about intercepting conversations between people in the United States. This is hot pursuit of communications entering or leaving America involving someone we believe is associated with al Qaeda (Williams, 2006)." Like I stated earlier if you are not chit chatting with people whose sole purpose is to kill Americans, then you don't have anything to worry about. In conclusion to me I don’t think that there is any argument here.

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