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Society that would give up a little liberty for a little security- too controversial?

Chocolette /  
Nov 28, 2010   #1
Prompt: Choose an issue of importance to you-the issue could be personal, school related, local, political, or international in scope-and write an essay in which you explain the significance of that issue to yourself, your family, your community, or your generation.

School: Texas A&M

Questions I have: As you can see from above, I had to come up an issue of importance to me, and this is all I could think of. I know this is a touchy subject, but if I delete the part about Israel and the nukes would that make it any better? Or will anything make it better? Or should I completely start over on a different topic?

Essay: "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both." Benjamin Franklin was a wise man when he said that. America should follow his advice starting with the new airport security procedures.

I understand terrorism is a cancerous problem. It will continue to get worse until a country like Israel drops a nuclear bomb and World War III starts only to destroy the planet. Terrorism is such a horrible problem that extreme measures need to be taken for our own safety, but honestly is violating our rights protected by the living Constitution necessary? Or has the Constitution gone the way of the Saber-Toothed Tigers? Or Saber-Toothed Cats because they were not actual tigers.

The Fourth Amendment clearly states that "the right of the people to be secure in their persons . . . shall not be violated and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation . . .". To paraphrase, we as citizens of America, have a right to privacy. I understand that thousands of feet in the air, in close proximities, we should have some type of security for our own safety, but to scan naked pictures of my body to show someone and whoever else might see it can be classified as pornography, yet a man who stripped off all his clothes, except his underwear, so he was not completely naked, was charged for indecent exposure. And what about children? Child-pornography is against the law. If a child goes through one of those scanners, there will be pictures of his or her naked body, and naked pictures of a child is child-pornography.

There is an opt-out of which the people thoroughly pat all parts of your body. A man can slap a woman's backside and be charged with sexual assault yet someone can touch all areas of my body "for security reasons" and if I tried to charge them for molestation, I would lose the case because I did not have to go on the plane.

I am a private, personal, person. I am modest; so modest, in fact, that I feel uncomfortable in a bikini. I am a Christian, and I do not believe in having sex before marriage, and for airports to touch me in ways in what I consider sexual, I will not be going to the airport anytime soon because they are right I do not have to go on the airplane. Thankfully, I still have that freedom.

cornflakes13 2 / 5  
Nov 28, 2010   #2
If it's something you feel that strongly about then I don't see any problem with your topic. You might wan't to take out the Israel, and just go with a nameless country, so you don't offend anyone. Other than that I enjoyed it, and great choice of a starting quote.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,335 129  
Dec 13, 2010   #3
...and for airports to touch me in ways---- make a small change: ...and for airport security personnel to touch me in ways...

I understand terrorism is a cancerous problem, but __________ (make the argument that is expressed n the paper).

Terrorism will continue to get worse until This sentence is so powerful and specific... I like it and wish you could keep it, but actually it is not focused on the theme of the paper. Nevermind what terrorists might do. Use the first paragraph to make your argument about airline security.

Do not forget the important argument: the scanners are called ineffective because terrorists will just work around them.

Good luck with this!!


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