The Security Is More Important Than Our Nation 's Security And Defeating Terrorism Trump All Other Priorities.

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“There is no doubt that our nation’s security and defeating terrorism trump all other priorities.” The quote by Arlen Specter stresses the importance of a strong and persistent security system in America. After the dreadful events on September 11, 2001, the issue of whether privacy or the nation’s security is more important arose in the United States. Even after fifteen years, this debate is still relevant in politics. Our nation’s security is more important than the citizen’s privacy because lives will be protected and saved, the average person has nothing to hide for the government, and privacy has already been breached. After September 11, there were few people who questioned their right to privacy. The argument of whether national security or privacy was more important was brought up numerous times in 2013. In June 2013 a man named Edward Snowden released stolen information from the NSA. He was a former employee of the CIA and was currently working for the NSA. As he was working for the NSA, Snowden discovered some information. The information revealed several global surveillance programs run by the NSA. Snowden felt this was morally wrong so he copied the information and fled the country. Once Edward Snowden made it safely to Hong Kong he released the stolen documents to the media. Edward Snowden is a wanted criminal in the United States. Peter Finn and Sari Horwitz of the Washington Post state that, “Snowden is charged with theft, “unauthorized communication of

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