Privacy is a worthy sacrifice for security if it stops terrorism
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 13:09
The United States government has recently come under a lot pressure for its spying capabilities, especially on the domestic front.
First and foremost, I believe the government’s domestic data collection and electronic storage of private information is completely fine. There is no doubt in my mind that we are much safer because of it.
Before Edward Snowden leaked information about the National Security Agency’s data collection efforts, the only problem with the situation was that we didn’t know the government was doing it.
As citizens, we have a right to know what the government is doing when it affects our everyday life.
Many people are crying foul. They claim that the government is getting out of control and will one day become the dystopia of George Orwell’s “1984.”
Sure, it is a little creepy that the NSA could be storing the email I sent to my professor, but do I really care?
Not at all.
I have nothing to hide because I don’t plan on performing a terrorist attack and, as of right now, none of my freedoms are being infringed upon.
The government should be held accountable in the future so that freedoms are never oppressed, but it’s not an issue right now.
Other people claim that the program is ineffective because it didn’t stop attacks such as 9/11, the Boston Bombings, numerous active shooter attacks, Benghazi or the attack on the U.S.S. Cole.
That is a ridiculous argument. I know almost nothing about baseball, but I do know that even the best hitter doesn’t hit the ball every single time at bat.
Nothing is perfect.
Why would you expect a government program trying to stop dozens, if not hundreds, of attacks, let alone to stop every single one of them?
If one terrorist attack half the size of 9/11 was stopped because of the NSA data collection, then it should be deemed an overwhelming success.
Human lives trump private text messages every day.
So, thank you NSA for keeping me safe, and I’m grateful that I know what the government is doing now. But honestly, everyone already knew it was going on.
We live in a country where we don’t have to worry about tripping on an IED on our way to the grocery store, so we must be doing something right.