Most Americans don’t appear to mind the fact that the National Security Agency (NSA) tracks the phone records of millions of citizens. At least that was the conclusion reached based on the results from the Pew survey released last month. According to a Pew Research Center study, 56 percent of Americans believe its acceptable for the NSA to go through a secret court to track the calls of millions of Americans in efforts to fight terrorism. But another 41 percent did say it is unacceptable. Interestingly, the results change when the question is about email. Just 45 percent of respondents said the government should be able to monitor everyone’s emails to prevent terrorism. A majority – 52 percent – opposed that practice.
Questions about government intrusions on privacy became more relevant after former Booz Allen Hamilton employee and NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed details about certain federal phone tracking practices. Nearly two out of three Americans think it is more important to investigate terrorist threats, according to Pew, than to not intrude on privacy.
Personally, I have no problem with the federal government tracking my telephone calls, considering current circumstances, if it will help keep America safer. Keeping our nation secure and safe has to be a top priority with our government. That has to override some of the privacy issues involved in the current debate. We are in a constant battle against terrorism. Based on information supplied during congressional hearings last month it appears a large number of specific terrorist threats were abated due to the use of phone tracking practices.
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