Privacy And The Government

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The topic I have chosen to write my paper on is Individual Privacy versus National Security. I believe this topic is important because as citizens we should know our rights and not be bullied by anyone, not even the government. I do know that the government randomly taps our landlines and for sometimes no particular reason. This is very illegal depending on how and why they’re doing it. Wire tapping landlines is a violation of our Fourth Amendment and should not be tolerated.

The topic Individual Privacy versus National Security is very broad so I had decided to narrow my research down to the government tapping our personal landlines phones. I believe that it is safe to say as people we have a lot of private... View More »

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At this time operators were hardly being used for monitoring calls. Courts had decided that phone calls would have a public outside but private content. So now if you wanted to wire tap a call you had to obtain a warrant and have probable cause.
Katz was using a public pay phone for gambling purposes. The FBI was using a device to monitor his call that was placed on the outside of the pay phone. When Katz was convicted on his phone calls he used the Fourth Amendment to fight his case. Katz won this case he used a pay phone that was in a booth and because he shut the booth door behind he intended for conversation to be private and so it did violate the Fourth Amendment. (Cornell University Law School, 1992)

By law, wire surveillance is supposed to be considered an investigative method of last resort. This law founded in 1968 permits the government to intercept electronic communications and sets out procedures to restrict the scope of surveillance. Law enforcement agents seeking warrants for a wiretap are first required to show that all other investigative methods have been done or could be expected to fail. Agents are then required to specify the period of the surveillance, the material required and the methods they will use to reduce the extent of the surveillance. To make an investigative technique of last resort as a design goal of first thought is absolutely unlawful. Also, FBI employees were recently arrested for selling confidential information contained in the bureau's National Crime Information Center. The FBI's problem with computer security goes ...

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