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Personal Privacy Analysis

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Tim Cook once stated, “Some things are hard, and some things are right, and some things are both. This is one of those things”. Cook was arguing against the FBI in a case that would decide the fate of personal privacy versus national security. He stated this quote when a reporter asked him about terrorist attacks in an iphone. In general, governments cannot reduce our personal liberty in times of need for a stronger national security. We should not allow the government to take our personal liberty because of fear of information harming us, the lies the U.S. has made, and to protect the Constitution. The government can use information from people’s privacy to use it against people and harm them. Proponents may say that the government should…show more content…
We cannot let the government take our personal liberty for national security. Other people may say that we can trust the government because we have nothing to hide. The government has lied to us several times and after multiple incidents, we cannot trust them. They stated that they wanted to reduce our personal liberty for a stronger national security. According to Weisbrot, “These programs were never about terrorism,” ‘wrote Snowden in a letter to Brazilians on Dec. 17, noting they are really about’ “economic spying, social control and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power” (Weisbrot). However Americans found out that there personal privacy was being used for unjustified reasons. The government lied to us and they were really using our liberties for unjustified things such as tapping on phone calls on activists such as Martin Luther King. They harassed and blackmailed him. In addition, the Pew Research Center stated, “ ... Americans want to control their personal information, but few feel like they are able to” (Gao). Many people want to control their data but only 9% say they have a lot of control over how much information is collected about them (Gao). According to the Pew Research Center, “A majority of American disapprove of the U.S. government’s collection of telephone and internet data as part of anti terrorism efforts...”(Gao). This could…show more content…
If the government were to violate the Constitution, the government would be corrupt. The Constitution states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized” (Amendment four). This means the government is prohibited from unreasonably searching people without a warrant or probable cause. Manzanar was a crucial decision by the government that led to a horrible event in our history. Many Japanese citizens were forced out of their homes and moved to concentration camps. During the time of the internment camp, Japanese had no rights to the Constitution and were often limited in their rights as a U.S. citizen. The government was in such a scary time that they had enough power to lock innocent people up. We trusted them and they ended up abusing their power. Not one of the Japanese were ever found guilty and this remained a scar in the US nation. The government should not be trusted because of faults in the
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