national security

Essay: Disappearing Privacy

Sep 11, 2014
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Today is the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that brought down planes and buildings in New York; Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. In the time since then, laws have been passed, measures have been taken and technology developed in the name of improving our national security.

Earlier this week, the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court upheld the U.S. government’s program that allows it to collect all the telephone records it desires from American phone companies.

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In the wake of the NSA surveillance leak, many Americans are outraged and asking, "Do we live in a big brother state?"