National Security Vs. Personal Privacy Essay

978 Words Nov 22nd, 2014 4 Pages
National security vs personal privacy has been a hot topic post-9/11. President Obama gave a speech on January 17, 2014 where he stated “in our rush to respond …., the risk of government overreach – the possibility that we lose some of our core liberties in pursuit of security – also became more pronounced.” (Office of the Press Secretary) Due to the tragic event on September 11th, 2001, our government was placed under extraordinary pressures to find the terrorists and bring them to justice using whatever means possible. This brings around questions regarding ethical dilemmas as they relate to security and our right to privacy.
We are faced with ethical dilemmas everyday of our lives and in the forefront is the ethical dilemma of national security vs our personal privacy. Post 9/11, ethics aside, people’s greatest concern was national security and protecting the nation. They were willing to give up some civil liberties and privacy in order to have that protection. Ten years later the reverse is true. More people are questioning the government’s intrusion of their privacy. Obviously snooping on others is unethical. Some would say this is exactly what the government is doing in the name of national security. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ethic as: “the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation” (Merriam-Webster). The Merriam-Webster dictionary also defines privacy as: “freedom from unauthorized intrusion”…

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