Our democracy can be seen as a vested interest of the people, which we must protect from the long reach of the government. In the article, 6 reasons you should, and shouldn’t, freak out about the NSA data-mining, we see a more accurate picture of why we as citizens should protect our civil liberties from government surveillance and monitoring. The New York Times in an editorial said, ‘congressional leaders, and intelligence officials insist that such surveillance is crucial to the nation’s anti-terrorism efforts.” The article states how you ought not be fooled by the nature of such responses, unmonitored surveillance threatens the very livelihood of our democracy. Without having any checks and balances especially with the technology available today, the metadata the NSA has the capacity to collect is almost unfathomable. Nearly all data logs for cell phone calls of every individual citizen could potentially be amassed in a trove of servers filled with data of all citizens.In a true democracy, people are suppose to not only be aware of but know the exact techniques used for collecting their personal data, along with how the records are kept and who has the ability to access them. The push back from citizens has never had as much tractions as now especially after the notorious Wikileaks helped Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden release the trove of information against the governments data-gathering, because our privacy is being threatened by government entities that have no boundaries. With no boundaries can only lead to one thing, anyone and everyone can be a target at the desires of the government and the lawful practices the corroborating agencies impose. By following citizens on an individual level, they search for patterns, not the kinds of covert overseas terrorist attacks, but the next potential leaders of groups like the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. The commonality is most tend sweep the notion of these programs under the rug because they are technically ‘legal.’ These programs are as ILLEGAL as theft, because after all they are STEALING OUR DATA. Advocating these matters cannot only occur in when were surfing online and read an article or say a blog, but have to practiced and preached on all fronts. By spreading the awareness about the movement, we can all as one nation of people become unified in our efforts to safeguard the natural rights. Under the fourth amendment, which the framers of the constitution, the founders of this very country, established it an inalienable right to have protect citizens against illegal searches and seizures of property as well as information. This concept has been heavily embedded into the American sphere of ideology, but has begun to fall to the growing colossal spread of technology and data that is readily available to for the government to mine. Soft ties and horizontal organization of the Internet will not soulfully suffice in building this movement, lets get out and be heard.