With major leaks in just how much spying the government is doing on everyday citizens and their lives, there is cause for serious concerns. Citizens have a basic right to privacy and the government can’t just spy on people for the fun of it. There needs to be some type of cause, usually from an impartial judge, that serves as a litmus test for whether or not any type of data collections can take place.
We cannot have a free for all, where the government can spy on anyone and everyone without any requirements whatsoever.
This has been one of the major missteps of the Obama administration. President Obama has done a great many things during his tenure as president, but he has not put the kind of focus on the NSA data spying programs that he should have.
He could have blazed a trail to make new reforms and new government agencies to oversee such data collections. The only way that we will be able to make sure the NSA isn’t spying on all Americans without warrants or probable cause is to form a new government agency that watches what they do and makes sure they aren’t doing anything wrong. In order to keep them from turning into a completely rogue government agency, we need to set up a new watchdog government agency that can watch over them.
This will be an independent, bipartisan agency with no political allegiance. The problem with some government agencies is that they operate under appointments, so whoever is in charge in the government is in charge of the appointments for different agencies. We would make this new watchdog agency completely independent, so no one party will have control over who gets in there.
This is the only way that we can reign in the NSA and protect the civil liberties of Americans.
Regardless of how you feel of people like Edward Snowden and his data leaks, he exposed some terrible things being done by our government. Mass collections of people’s phone records and emails. This was being done to all citizens, and our citizens need to be able to expect a level of privacy. If the people can’t control their government, how can they trust what is going on in it?
This is the biggest problem. This is the people’s government and the people need to have a say in what is going on. We cannot have agencies that aren’t responsive to the will of the people who are doing illegal things. We need to set up more agencies to oversee the illegal agencies to safeguard the civil liberties for our citizens and the people of this country.
We need to take our privacy back and put the systems and agencies in place to make sure our children have a safe, private digital future. Our laws are outdated. Our agencies are outdated. We need to get new ones that will make our kids safe, feel protected, and private.