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Have Privacy and Security Become Incompatible Goals?

By Namo Abdulla 22/12/2013
Inside America
Inside America



Washington, D.C. – What the U.S. government now knows about our lives is unprecedented.

In this age of globalized modern technology,  we seem not to have the ability to  prevent the U.S. National Security Agency (or NSA) from tapping into phone conversations, reading text messages and emails, and monitoring all manner of online activities.  

Even the leaders of European countries, America’s best friends, have become subjected to the NSA’s spying activities.

Just one of the recently leaked internal documents by fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden demonstrates that each day the U.S. government is gathering nearly five billion records on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world. …without the cellphone even needing to be turned on.

President Barack Obama has defended his government’s spying activities as being necessary for the security of its citizens and allies.  

But, he says in this Internet age “it’s important to understand that you can’t have 100 percent security and then have 100 percent privacy.”

But how much has individual privacy been invaded? In this increasingly interconnected world, have privacy and security become incompatible goals?  

To debate this subject, Rudaw’s Namo Abdulla talks to:

-    Ray McGovern, a retired CIA officer and an intelligence activist.

-    James Kirchick, a reporter, foreign correspondent, columnist and fellow at the Foreign Policy Initiative, a conservative think tank based in Washington DC.

-    Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute.

Comments

 
Muraz Adzhoev | 22/12/2013
Everything that is harmful for peace, liberty, constructive coexistence, stability in cooperation and security allover the world is harmful for humanitarian, social and legitimate national rights everywhere within countries or regions. New technologies are to be used correctly and carefully. Especially in international deals and relations for reaching all kinds of political or economic goals. First of all to improve the characteristics of development process in the sence of and in accordance with top moral spirit of sivilized norms declared but not implimented by yet not too sivilized humankind societies, in the Meadle East countries in particular. The USA government and NSA know all about the tragic situation that millions of Kurds have been living in Turkish, Iranian and Arab states of this region. But the reaction is extremely pragmatic, bla-bla-matic and far from high morality and honesty.
Hallo | 22/12/2013
Obamad Admin is supporting corruption in Iraq.
Melissa | 31/12/2013
It's interesting to me that many of the same people who have a problem with the NSA are using facebook and google. Don't you know that those companies are also tracking you. If you really care about your privacy, then you should be using DuckDuckGo, Ravetree, HushMail, and any other privacy-based site. Don't be a hypocrite like everyone else.
David Engleberg | 12/1/2014
Namo Abdullah should be replaced asap, his English is below standard. I have no idea why he is given such attention, For example, his grammar and use of the English language is poor to say the best. I mean its not "Have Privacy and Security Become Incompatible Goals?" but HAS Privacy and Security Become Incompatible Goals?". But as always, this message will not get published. Wrong man for the right job.
Holly | 13/1/2014
@David Engleberg ASAP should be in capital letters as it is an abbreviation. In the first sentence, you need either a period or a semi colon between "asap" and "his." There should be a period between "attention" and "For" and for should be in lowercase or capitalized only after a period. There should be a comma after "I mean." Have is for plural and has is for singular. You're welcome!
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