National Security Vs. Digital Privacy

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In regards to the increasing crime and terrorism rates in America, the optimal solution thus far is enhancing security throughout the nation. By doing so, policies, procedures, and protocols would be amended for the sole purpose of protecting the country. Such alterations should be made because it prevents crime in a timely, reliable, and successful manner, whilst preserving the fundamental rights of all United States Citizens. In light of the controversy over national security versus digital privacy, the government should partake in international surveillance because it inhibits potential crime and terrorism, it is quick, it is dependable, and it has been proven to be successful through past endeavors. To begin, in order to intercept terrorism and ensure the safety of United States civilians, the government must gain access to the personal files of potential perpetrators. According to Attorney General Gonzalez, quoted in the article “Domestic Surveillance,” “‘[w]inning the war on terror requires winning the war of information. We are dealing with a very dangerous, very patient, very diabolical enemy who wants to harm America, and in order to be effective in dealing with this enemy, we need to have information. We need to know who the enemy is. We need to know where the enemy is thinking about striking us again’” (“Domestic Surveillance” 4 qtd. Gonzales). Gonzalez states that in order to “‘[win] the war on terror[,] [America must first win] the war of information.’” This
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