Secure Persons, Papers, and Effects

Omar Bonilla

C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations

A terrorist attack happened in San Bernardino, CA on December 2, 2015. The FBI found an attacker’s iPhone to acquire evidence, yet they ran into a problem; they couldn’t unlock the iPhone’s security. When the FBI demanded Apple to unlock the device, they wouldn’t do it because of customer privacy, even though it was needed for a criminal investigation. Eventually, Apple needed to unlock the device because the federal court told them too. So, should government be able to lawfully access locked technology?

Problems with government accessing encrypted technology is still a debate going on, especially with all the advancements that are arriving in this tech age. The government has the higher law and they can say what is right to do within our rights. By going to the federal court the FBI won the case and got the iPhone unlocked.  To protect and have more safety, shouldn’t government be allowed to recover important information.

This affects me personally because I never know when my information can be of use for important things. Corporations like Google or Apple have a lot of personal information that we give them. Of course, they only use simple and not serious amounts of our information; but, this information could be important when we run into situations like a terrorist attack. Government, including the FBI, should have sovereignty or give the people suffrage to allow them important information for important reasons.

Are written guarantees of rights as important today as they were in colonial times?

Written rights make sure that our rules are laid out understandably to everyone. The most important written guarantee is the Constitution, which gives clear rules to give everyone basic rights and was used in colonial times and is still used today. A written guarantee makes sure that we have documented evidence for our rights in order to make sure all citizens are provided with them.

Other might say that a written guarantee isn’t as important today. They might argue that written guarantees, like the constitution, are out dated for today’s generation.  Written guarantees are too trusted upon when solving situations. Documents can also be flawed in points or too vague to help us in current situations. The argument of rights not needed to be written: that with we all have unalienable rights, we should all have it in us and know what rights stand.

Written guarantees were made to be a guarantee. A guarantee that we all have and are using our rights. Even though all of us could have our rights reminded, doesn’t change the fact that the constitution helped to create the United States. The same way it helped create the US, it also helped us to maintain the vision of this great country and the rights we were given. That’s why the written guarantees are equally as important today as it was in the colonial times.


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