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NSA Surveillance Debate: Sally Cohn vs Ronald Sievert | Learn Liberty

Saturday, October 11, 2014 10:00
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“Should we be worried about the NSA’s recent activities?” This is the question moderator T.K. Coleman asks you to consider during this debate on NSA surveillance.

Robert Sievert of Texas A&M says that we should not worry about the NSA. He argues that the portion of data they collect is small, but vital to our national security in a post-9/11 world. He also argues that the legal system has checks and balances that prevent abuses of power.

Cindy Cohn of the Electronic Frontier Foundation disagrees—she thinks we should worry about mass data collection. She argues that not only is the data collected significant, it also has significant potential for abuse. She argues that there is no evidence that these programs keep us safer and that the government should need probable cause to violate citizens’ privacy.

What do you think about the questions raised in this debate? Should we worry about the NSA? How does government data collection differ from private data collection? Should you be allowed to avoid government data collection?



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