Point of View
To Spy Or Not To Spy
By Trevor Roberts
Jun 28, 2013 - 4:24:49 PM

UNITED STATES—The recent news about former United States N.S.A employee Eric Snowden has sent shockwaves throughout the nation.  Snowden released confidential information about the government secretly recording cell phone conversations between Americans.  The release of that information has pegged Snowden as an enemy of the state and some are calling for him to be extradited back to the US to face charges.


Some have praised Snowden for releasing this information because does the government have the right to spy on Americans phone conversations?  In my opinion, no!  I understand the governments concern to want to protect us from terrorism attacks, but it just opens up the door for the government to pry deeper into the American public’s life. 


I mean there have been countless movies made displaying such a controversial issue.  The one picture that pops into my mind is “Enemy of the State” starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman.  It was a scary flick to say the least.  The government tapped the protagonist cell phones, tracked his family, they were always one step ahead of him. It goes back to the issue that when a scandal is in place, those with power my have extreme tools available to them that makes covering up that scandal that much easier. 


Some would say if you’re not doing anything fishy you have nothing to worry about, and that’s true, but who wants the government eavesdropping on conversations they’re having with their loved ones?  It’s uncomfortable to know that not only our conversations we have are being tracked, but it’s likely the government is also watching our every move.  There was a conspiracy theory sometime ago where Americans thought “Big Brother” was watching us via the TV.  When you think about it, how in the world is Nielsen able to track TV ratings?  Yes, technology is advanced, but its something that I’ve always asked myself.


Snowden may have blown the lid on something that the U.S. government had no intention of the public knowing about.  That is a travesty in my opinion.  Recording a person’s phone conversation without their knowing is an invasion of privacy, but if you honestly think about it, these cell phone carriers are not keeping that information solely to the consumers. 


With the continued advancement of technology it was only a matter of time with the numerous cell towers and global advancements in technology, that the government would begin to pry into our daily lives. There is already a huge debate about whether or not to have drones flying in the air to capture unsuspecting activity.  First your phone, now the government can track you anywhere in the world.  The next argument will be to input cameras into people’s homes to ensure your ”˜safety’ as some would call it.


It’s a never ending issue, but my biggest concern is whether the individuals who implemented this plan have their phones being tapped and recorded?  I would assume probably not, perhaps they have some things they want to keep hidden from the public eye and that’s where the problem wherein lies. If the government is going to do it, no one person, party or official is exempt from the guidelines; it applies to all.

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