Privacy versus national security
President Obama and our national spies are on the hot seat over two intelligence-gathering operations that have gathered millions of Americans’ phone records. National intelligence director James Clapper calls disclosure of an internet surveillance program “reprehensible”, and a document leak about a phone records program could cause long-lasting and irreversible harm to the nation’s ability to respond to threats.
I happen to believe my personal privacy still has some value … at least to me. I resist sharing any personal information with anyone.
Obviously, we cannot live in a vacuum. People are stealing, buying, and selling our personal information constantly.
I know there are folks who are willing to trade their privacy … and mine … for national security. That is a conflict Americans have experienced time and again during our history, especially during periods of international conflict.
In order to keep people safe -- government argues -- people may have to sacrifice at least part of their civil liberties.
Our thought for today is from Benjamin Franklin:
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Tags : People : James Clapper, Obama