Thanks for all your comments. To be honest, I thought this would be one of those topics that not many people would have an opinion about, so I was pleasantly surprised to read your arguments.
I think the reality is that our privacy disappeared with the invention of mobile phones. I read an interview with an FBI agent recently. He said that when he started working, people in law enforcement used to joke about how great it would be if they could persuade every citizen to carry around a tracking device everywhere they went. He then said, “We never imagined that people would start doing it voluntarily!”
Some people argue that the younger generations will never even understand the concept of privacy because they are used to sharing almost all their personal information with everybody through social media like Facebook and Twitter.
An Australian friend of mine said she was horrified to see the kinds of things her teenage nieces were posting on Facebook, and so she sat them down for a serious talk on the subject. That must be a very difficult topic for parents to deal with, so I’m glad I don’t have any kids!
Here is some feedback on your comments.
I don’t really want to be monitored my phone calls or emails by the government
I don’t really want my phone calls or emails to be monitored by the government.
some innocent Muslim university appicants must have been refused to enter just because they were Muslims.
… must have been refused entry just because they were Muslims.
I don’t want to be monitored my private life by anyone.
I don’t want my private life to be monitored by anyone.
Governments are involved in a real life game of bad guys vs. good guys which leads to all sorts of crimes: killing people with drones, wars, and spying on people, etc.
The drones are another topic all by themselves! Is it really okay to have what are basically robots going around killing humans? Movies like Terminator don’t seem so far-fetched anymore!
I saw a lot of local people whistling through their fingers, punching the air with their fists and raising a war cry like, “U-S-A! U-S-A!, U-S-A!”.
Scenes like that disturb most right-thinking Americans as well.
Obama says, “America will not bow down to terrorism.”
In my opinion, it’s really easy to win the “war on terror.” All we need to do is refuse to be afraid or change the way we live. If we do that, we win. Personally, I’ve already won. They might kill me, but they certainly can’t make me live in fear. I wish our governments could understand this.
My youngest son and I are going to Guam from tonight and come back on Sunday morning.
Hope you are having a great time!
That’s it for today. (There were hardly any mistakes in the comments this week!) Have a great weekend.