Americans under a Watchful Eye

Posted on November 25, 2013 by

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Every day, the average teenager sends over 60 texts per day and spends an average of three hours on the computer. Many teens believe their lives revolve around technology and popular social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

But all of this is being monitored by the United States Government, which searches for crimes that have been committed and acts of so-called “terrorism”. This raises the question of whether Americans are being too closely watched by controlling forces.

“No, I don’t think that we are. The Government does it for a reason; to keep us safe. They aren’t like high school girls trying to butt into your business. When you look at problems in high school, most of them stem from technology, so if they were able to monitor a little more or better, maybe the suicide rate might go down, which would always be a good thing,” science teacherTodd Dreisbach said.

Also, many citizens believe that with the new Apple iPhone 5, which requires its owner’s fingerprint to unlock, the government will have an increased database of human fingerprints.

Many people who scream from the rooftops that the government is “snooping where they should never have been” state that it is against their first amendment rights: The Right to Free Speech. But government surveillance does not breech this boundary because the Miranda rights state that, “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” Officers are following every constitutional law to the letter, and people still argue about what really is the law.

“They shouldn’t be able to go through my stuff. I mean, it is mine and not theirs. They should butt out of my business,” junior Tyler McGee said.

According to the contract the school issues every year–one that McGee signed–school officials have the right to go through his locker at any time because they are the board-approved locker custodians. They have the same right to go through any gym locker they wish.

Students  may have their own locks on their gym lockers. If the school is to remove it, they will first ask the student to remove it. If the student is not there, or they refuse, the school has the right to remove the lock by force, including using bolt cutters. If the search does turn out to be negative, the school is liable for the cost of the lock.

The Obama administration recently stated they plan on reducing the ability for the NSA to continuously view private browsing sessions of the Internet, as well as private store cameras, which are licensed to the store or a private security company. Many are happy with the reduction in the NSA’s reign, but what will it mean for security in our country?

In September of 2012, according to a news article published by Catherine Wilson from ABC news, a 15-year-old boy was caught hacking into the NASA program as well as the defense database. He was able to download $1.7 million in software, which is used to run the International Space Station’s humidity, oxygen, and gravitational levels. He received a six-month jail sentence, but his was withheld because he was  a juvenile.

Could this have been stopped if there had been a closer eye kept on websites such as Facebook, or any other social network?

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