There’s no doubt about it – the past couple of years have not been kind to the agencies which exist to “protect” us. Just mention the name Edward Snowden in a group of people and you’ll see what I mean. As most anyone knows, he was responsible for blowing the whistle on all kinds of national security practices/secrets and leaking more highly-classified documents to the media than we have any idea about. It’s partly because of these leaks that the knowledge of the practice of the government spying on their own people has come out into the open. And while Snowden revealed this information that he had learned/stolen as an employee of the NSA because he thought people should know the truth, many people view him as a traitor to the highest degree and hope that Russia extradites him to the U.S. so he can stand trial for his actions.
And now, even more troubling news has come out about government spying, and this time it’s in regards to the FBI and the fact that they don’t need a warrant to listen in on your public cell phone calls and/or receive data from your phone. This practice relates specifically to their using Stingrays in cars and airplanes as well as other surveillance tools to listen in on people’s conversations and receive data from the phones while they’re trying to find a particular suspect. So, in other words, if the FBI happens to be looking for a certain someone and you may be in the vicinity of that someone, they allegedly believe they have the right to tap into your public call for the greater good.
On one hand, it sounds like they’re just doing their jobs. On the other hand, though, it sounds like a terrible idea as far as personal privacy is concerned.
What do you think? Is that a huge invasion of privacy, or, should privacy be lost wherever public safety is concerned? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
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