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 of 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 too 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. Alexander stated that surveillance programs had helped disrupt more than 50 terror threats worldwide, 10 of which had targets on U.S. soil (Marshall, 2013). Now I want you to think about this. What if those 10 terror attacks had not been disrupted because law enforcement can’t use the Patriot Act and further if you or someone in your family was hurt by those would you feel different about spying then? As far as this idiot Snowden he has of yet provided any proof for his claims so how can you any entirely believe what he is saying.
People argue that law enforcement agencies can come into your home and detain you because they feel you are partaking in anti-American activities. They can monitor your web surfing records, monitor your phone calls, and probably even know what library books you check out. Some think that this is a violation of their First Amendment rights but the way I choose to look at it is if you don’t have anything to hide why should you care who listens to you conversations. In 2006 President George W. Bush made this statement at the State of the Union: “So to prevent another attack, based on authority given to me by the Constitution and by statute, I have authorized a terrorist surveillance program to aggressively...
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