Should the government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?
Yes but regardless of if they were justified or not the individual or individuals must be made aware of the breach of privacy within 1 year of the violation and be allowed to seek
Damages from the government should they have overreached and be granted immunity for other non related infractions.
For most cases, no, this is a violation of one's personal right to privacy. It reminds me of the way the police will use anything you say against you, which makes staying silent and hiring a lawyer immediate so crucial when defending yourself in the justice system. I believe violating the privacy of the people is a slipper slope to tyranny. People need to be protected and have the freedom to their personal, private lives. They have a right to defend themselves also. The exception would be for extreme cases when it's determined a serious threat exist and this is absolutely necessary to protect the country and people- in which case, a court order should be required and the person involved should already have a criminal history/involvement in a serious crime.
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