Spying on the Home Front
‘Spying on the Home Front’ takes a look at the two sides of the security issue as it goes against some fundamental rights and a requires a huge trade-off.
Americans were shocked beyond imagination after 9/11 and were okay with the increased security and did not complain about perpetual orange alerts, barricades and body frisks at the airport, but now they are questioning some of the greater issues of privacy and government scrutiny of people’s records and electronic surveillance of their communications.
After 9/11, the government’s strategy involved pre-emption at home — not just prosecuting terrorists for breaking the law, but trying to find and stop them before they strike.
A FRONTLINE investigation has found that the National Security Agency (NSA) has engaged in wiretapping and sifting Internet communications of millions of Americans; the FBI conducted a data sweep on 250,000 Las Vegas vacationers, and along with more than 50 other agencies, they are mining commercial-sector data banks to an unprecedented degree.
Citizens are earnestly looking forward to a fine balance between security and privacy.
Spying on the Home Front,