Relationship between Public Safety and Individual Rights

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The country has one of the most exclusive bills of rights that protect civil liberties. However, the modern security threats in the country compel the government to enact laws and develop infrastructure some of which often contravene on the same civil liberties (MeneĢndez Eriksen, 2006, Pg. 91). The relationship between public safety and individual rights is, therefore, an elusive issue since Americans have often sacrificed some of their rights with the view to enhancing the safety of the country as the discussion below portrays.Privacy concerns are among the leading concerns of citizens in the endeavors of enhancing the safety of the nation. The government has installed effective Closed Circuit Television cameras in major cities throughout the country. The cameras provide dedicated surveillance of citizens in such major installments in the cities as bus stations, the streets, and in residential estates. Private businesses such as banks, hotels, and institutions of education have also installed such cameras a feature that ensures that citizens have dedicated surveillance with law enforcement officers watching and recording their lives. The cameras provide reliable information in the fight of both terrorism and homeland security. The law enforcement agents have CCTV footage to identify, arrest, and prosecute the terrorists who carried out the Boston bombings.Law enforcers argue that the cameras help them identify and carry out surveillance of suspicious characters. They use the footages in averting crimes and in noticing accidents in the streets thereby saving lives. While such arguments are valid with most Americans appreciating the input of the cameras, it implies that Americans have surrendered their right to privacy to law enforcers who can follow a civilian for days. The government collaborates with private premises with effective surveillance cameras. This ensures that the law enforcers can carry out dedicated surveillance for days.