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Singer makes various points throughout his article

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Singer makes various points throughout his article, asking if the government is too involved and too secretive with its citizens. He mentioned the National Security
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Agency and how they intercept means of communication that people use on a daily basis. He writes about how this is an invasion of privacy, but I can’t help but think, has this helped our country? Multiple terrorist attacks have been stopped just by the government using surveillance on citizens in the United States and in other countries. Singer spends a good deal of time focusing on Wikileaks. Wikileaks has been able to display online an abundance of top-secret Government information. Singer supports Wikileaks and everything they display. There have been plenty of times when government secrecy has been taken too far. In the article “Government Secrecy” by Alex Kingsbury, he talks about Tom Blanton, head of National Security Archive. Kingsbury states, “his group has found dozens of examples of identical documents that are both classified and unclassified at the same time, ‘sometimes with different versions from different agencies or different reviewers, all because the secrecy is so subjective and overdone’” (Kingsbury, 12). If so many documents are being kept secret, but have a similar document floating around, why is it such a big deal for regular citizens to see these papers? On the flip side, many documents are kept secret to protect innocent lives all over the world. After reading “Visible Man”, I am able to see that there are both positive and negatives of government surveillance and Government secrecy. As for the government being able to spy on citizens, I honestly don’t have a problem with this. I believe the government is trying to keep this country safe. As long as I’m not doing anything to endanger this country, I should not have much to worry about. There is however the Privacy Act of 1974 talked about in the article, “Privacy Under Attack” by Patrick Marshall. Marshall states, “it prohibits data collected by the government for one purpose from being used for another purpose. It also gives citizens the right to see any government records kept on them and
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to have an opportunity to correct any error” (Marshall, 12). However. After I read on about the Privacy Act I found that there are two major shortcomings. Marshall states, “it applies to only activities conducted by federal agencies and departments, and information can be shared between agencies as long as the use of such information is for a purpose that is ‘compatible’ with the purpose for which it was collected” (Marshal, 12-13). This Privacy Act seems so contradicting in itself and makes me feel that the government does not even want to follow their own rules that they make. After reviewing the pros and cons of Singer’s ideas and comparing them with others, I was able to reflect on the information and relate it to my own life.
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