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In today’s society the topic what is more important: our privacy or national security is a topic that the average American can relate to. With the climate of today’s social networks and national security precautions, I have to choose the side of national security because we need national security to have privacy, to protect our Military, and to protect our identity. National Security refers to not only security in the United States but foreign relations as well (USLegal). It protects us from foreign countries attacking the United States. National Security also refers to economic security, monetary security, energy security, environmental security, military security, political security, and security of energy and natural resources (USLegal). This is important because without National Security we wouldn’t be the country we are today as far as unemployment and quality of life. The most important part of National Security would have to be simply privacy. Privacy is a broad topic that can range anywhere from being able to search the internet anytime you want to simply watch a movie on a cold wintry night in the comfort of your own home. Being able to drive down the road, go to the grocery store, visit national national monuments are all part of our privacy. The fifth  amendment to the United States Constitution clearly states this. The fifth amendment states protection of self-incrimination, which in turn protects the privacy of personal information (Sharp). The Privacy Act of 1974 prevents unauthorized disclosure of personal information held by the federal government. A person has the right to review their own personal information, ask for corrections and be informed of any disclosures (Sharp). These are just a couple of the laws out there  that give us the liberty to live our lives the way we want. When it comes to National Security within our own Military the information that is passed around at this level has to be heavily protected. National Security within the Military also protects our service men and women. In the Military, special operations are taking place in foreign countries. The locations of these special operations are disclosed by the National Security Council. The National Security Council was created in 1974. The main role of the National Security Council is to advise the President on matters concerning the integration of domestic, foreign, and military policies relating to National Security (Holmes).   The most known type of theft in the United States is identity theft. Identity theft is a crime where a thief steals your personal information, such as your full name or social security number, to commit fraud. The identity thief can use your information to fraudulently apply for credit, file taxes, or get medical services. These acts can damage your credit status, and cost you time and money to restore your good name. You may not know that you are the victim of ID theft until you experience a financial consequence (mystery bills, credit collections, denied loans) down the road from actions that the thief has taken with your stolen identity (USAGov). Federal organizations are trying to change the number of identity thefts every year. According to the Bureau of Justice, an estimated 17.6 million persons, or about 7 percent of the U.S. residents age 16 or older, were victims of at least one incident of identity theft in 2014 (BJS). Some people might say that they agree with the side of privacy more than National Security. Some people don’t want the government to have access to their information. These people do not realize that the government needs to access people’s information to monitor things like web searches. This happened in 2016 when the FBI wanted to Apple to help unlock an iphone used by one of terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California (Raine). Apple did appeal the challenge claiming that security of other iPhones remained protected (Raine).


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