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Privacy should be respected by everyday people and governments alike. Privacy helps fuel free speech. When there's no privacy and you can be arrested just for trying to organize a protest, that means that not only your privacy is not respected, but your freedom of speech is silenced.

I am honestly disgusted by how much governments can spy on you. I am also disgusted that American politicians condone the surveillance. I am completely disgusted that president Bush and other presidents such as Obama up to this day condoned the surveillance law because it can "prevent terrorism".

Tell me, how can you predict if anyone suddenly decides to ram their car into hundreds of people? How can you predict if someone suddenly decides to make some molotov cocktails in his basement and then burns down his neighborhood? You can't. This law was passed by president Bush because of 9/11. But even if the government was spying on its people before 9/11, I doubt that they could have prevented it. This surveillance does not stop terrorists. Even if it did, I do not think that it is worth it to trade in your privacy and freedom of speech for safety that is not even completely assured. Plus, we have the police, it is their jobs to arrest anyone acting violently on the streets.

The act is also called "The Patriot act". What is patrioting about silencing your own people and not following the constitution? Where is the patriotism in that? If the government could know as much information about its subjects in the 1960s as it knows today, Martin Luther King Jr. would have been silenced long before he could even organize the protests. Where is the freedom of speech in that?

I am also wondering why are people not even worried about the government tracking everything they do on the internet. This is unwarranted search, how dare they do such a thing! If any of you know of any anti-surveillance protests in the US, please tell me about them, I want to support them as much as I can!

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    " When there's no privacy and you can be arrested just for trying to organize a protest, that means that not only your privacy is not respected, but your freedom of speech is silenced."

    The right to freely organize a protest should be protected regardless of privacy. If you can get convicted for this, your legal and democratic system have larger problems then privacy.

    Its basicly making an argument for Security through obscurity.
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    @stevenliemberg I need to learn how to word myself better
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    @irene yea, I guess
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