This spring, Brookings took video cameras to the National Mall and Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. to ask everyday Americans what they thought about the National Security Agency surveillance controversy. What we heard was more nuanced than we expected. Some said flatly that the NSA was violating their civil liberties, others that it is a necessary function of the government’s duty to protect its citizens. More spoke to us about overreach, necessary evils and the need for more transparency, and others simply weren’t concerned about it at all. Watch a collection of these videos below.
Now we want to know what you think, too. Has the U.S. government infringed on our liberty or is surveillance vital to our security? Has the NSA program changed your day-to-day behavior at all?
Share your opinions on the NSA surveillance controversy on Twitter, Instagram or Vine using the hashtag #NSAview. We’ll watch for your submissions and will be sharing the best video, photo and written submissions we see on @BrookingsInst and Facebook.com/Brookings.
Next week, we’ll publish a new Brookings Essay on the NSA and the issues raised by the Edward Snowden revelations. In “The Big Snoop,” Stuart Taylor, Jr. collects the divergent views of four prominent experts to help understand what happened and to frame the debate over the future of the NSA in the post-Snowden era.
ISIS is also keen to target Italy now because it’s one of the few major European countries it hasn’t yet struck. They’re hoping to inspire violence there so that they can say, in effect, 'we’ve already attacked your capitals in London, in Paris, and in Barcelona, and now we’ve attacked Rome. There’s nowhere we can’t reach.'
The [Trump administration's] proposals don't call for constant monitoring once someone is in the country. It seems like [Saipov, the NYC attacker] became much more radical relatively recently. So the ideas on the table don't seem particularly relevant to this attack.
This is a movement that historically has been highly divided. One thing Osama had been doing is trying to be a unifier. He was very comfortable working with people who agreed with him on one issue and disagreed with him on five. Toward the end of his life, a lot of what he was trying to do was to get groups to work together.