The seals of the U.S. Cyber Command, the National Secrity Agency and the Central Security Service greet employees and visitors at the campus the three organizations share March 13, 2015 in Fort Meade, Maryland. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP
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Private surveillance, on the other hand, is governed by no laws, and is conducted for self-interest and profit.While Americans regularly read or hear about National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency intrusion into their lives, not many seem to be accusing private companies such as Walmart or the Ford Motor Company of spying on people.Government surveillance, of course, increases when a known terrorist or other enemy of the United States contacts an American citizen.Even then, however, the privacy of American citizens remained a top priority.It is true that the U.S. intelligence community has at times been overzealous in protecting against terrorist threats and others who could do the United States harm, but not because it was seeking to pry into the private affairs of American citizens.Of course, I don't want the government snooping around in my private affairs any more than you do.
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