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For years, since the Internet has begun, we’ve ben hearing the same running line of “the government is always watching us”. Well now, they might actually be watching us or will be more in the near future. The headline of the article that I will be talking about reads, “Congress’s vote to eviscerate Internet privacy could give the FBI massive power If a bill is signed, it could result in the greatest legislative expansion of the FBI’s surveillance power since 2001’s Patriot Act., which states, “Uniting and strengthening America by providing appropriate tools required to intercept and obstruct terrorism.
This bill will lead to more surveillance on the innocent. They say they’re using this so they can spy on criminals but it has been seen in the past that they do not involve criminals; instead, they lead to victims of crimes, mere witnesses or otherwise innocent people.
I am relating this story to the social contract theory. It states “the view that persons’ moral and/or political obligations are dependent upon a contract or agreement among them to form the society in which they live.” In order to gain safety and security, we must give up some of our liberty. So we must ask ourselves, should we give up our privacy so we feel safer? Even though the FBI is not even using the surveillance for criminals, but actually for the innocent. We should give up how much someone else is willing to give up. So are the FBI and the government willing to give up some of their liberty so we can live in peace? According to Thomas Hobbs, mans life in a state of nature was one of solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and selfishness. The state of nature is a state of perfect liberty, which is the freedom for perfect liberty, and the freedom from negative liberty. So are we better off with always knowing someone maybe watching us or should the bill go unsigned?