posted on Jul, 26 2007 @ 01:28 PM
Originally posted by Averysmallfoxx
For Captain Jailew,
wow, first, it is a violation of every american citizen's rights. you think its ok because you dont see any harm in it. ok, well lets say everyone
takes your standpoint, what next? my right to free speech? my right to the persuit of happinesse in however i deem fit so long as no one else suffers?
you think allowing transgressions by an already overly manipulative goverment is ok? this isnt a debate about whether it has massive implications in
the here and now, this is a debate about how much we will allow them to take from us as citizens. how much we will let them steal from our rights.
they're our rights man, it doesnt matter if they have a reason to spy on joe but not jane, you shouldnt be spying period. if theres one thing i think
our people need to realize its that if you give our administration and inch, they will take miles. just think about that.
Sorry for the late reply, my access to the internet has been limited recently. I think the core of the issue we're discussing is the common good
versus the right to individual liberties. In an ideal world, in which we all have access to the truth I think the common good is a prevailing goal we
should strive toward, even at the expense of individual freedoms. Society has already agreed upon certain laws and maxims which restrict personal
freedom and rights - My "natural right" (meaning I have a right to it because I was born with the ability) to murder my neighbor is currently banned
by the government. This is a good thing, even though it is a specific "right" that has been "taken" from me. But we have all agreed mass murder
and rampage would be against the common good and so we have systems in place to prevent it from happening.
If government surveillance saves even 1 life wouldn't you gladly let them listen to your phone conversation?
they're our rights man, it doesnt matter if they have a reason to spy on joe but not jane, you shouldnt be spying period.
What if spying on Joe saved lives? Your familiy, friends, you...? Would it be justified then? Do you also think PIs should be outlawed, since their
job is explicitly to spy on you - or is it just that its "the big government" who is looking over your shoulder?
I understand that we do not live in an ideal world, and that certain people should not have the power to influence and work for the common good
because they will exploit it. Certainly we can agree though that the common good should prevail, sometimes at the expense of individual liberty. I
just don't see what the big deal is unless you're breaking the law, law abiding citizens have nothing to fear from surveillance. Yes, they know what
you're doing, but if you're not doing anything wrong they won't be watching you...and if they are...SO WHAT, it has absolutely no impact on your
life unless you break the law.