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Is the U.S. Government Becoming Too Intrusive in Our Personal Lives?

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There’s been lots of talk about the loss of privacy for American citizens lately, especially with the latest NSA admissions about their collection of phone records, video, email, photographic and Internet search usage.  So how far will the American public allow the government to delve into private affairs before voices are raised?  How do you feel about losing your privacy?

The American Government has always been in the “monitoring” game and after the 2001 attacks, big brother received a booster shot with the PATRIOT Act.  We may all agree that protecting citizens’ rights and freedoms should be a high priority for our government.  We may also all agree that it’s important for our government to do its best to protect its citizens from terrorists.  It’s a tradeoff and the conflict usually rares its ugly head when trying to strike a balance between the two.  How much “protection,” in the form of intrusion into the private lives of citizens, is too much?

There are now people coming forward with stories of the NSA (National Security Administration) data mining American phone records and monitoring Internet servers.  One of these is Edward Snowden, a former technical analyst for the CIA and a current NSA contractor.  He has stated, “Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re being watched and recorded.”

How do you feel about this?  Please answer the poll below.  Thanks!

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