Furthermore, the intentions of the NSA still remain unclear; why is the collection and the extended retention of this data useful? Those in power believe that the collection of this information allows them to preempt terrorist attacks; a very difficult claim to prove. Our lack of clear answers demonstrate the need for a larger audience who support government transparency. The NSA’s misconduct has dealt multiple blows to the rights of millions both at home and abroad, and the amount of secrecy involving this agency shrouds it in obscurity, inhibiting public debate about these crucial matters. I strongly believe that the protection of our country should not come with the abandonment of our universal rights.
“Customer service lines for the company’s own Target Redcard credit cards were in gridlock.” (Burg, 2014) This means that they weren’t evening addressing the cust... ... middle of paper ... ...-million-passwords-reset/ Jamieson, A., & Erin, M. (2013, December 19 ). Millions of Target customers' credit,debit card accounts may be hit by data breach . Retrieved from NBC News: http://www.nbcnews.com/#/business/consumer/millions-target-customers-credit-debit-card-accounts-may-be-hit-f2D11775203 Johnson, K. (2013, May 6). LivingSocial Reveals Cyber-Attack, Notifies 50 Milion, Says No Credit Data Breached. Retrieved from Bloomberg:BNA: http://www.bna.com/livingsocial-reveals-cyberattack-n17179873787/ Wagenseil, P. (2013, March 4).
The NSA should not be invading United States Citizens’ privacy, especially when doing that has not proved to be very effective. The 4th amendment of the constitution says that one cannot be searched without a warrant and the NSA has, and still is, clearly violating that by searching the innocent citizens of the United States and invading their privacy. In 2013 the NSA’s secret surveillance program was revealed publicly. In this secret surveillance program the NSA did things such as collect and store all phone records of American citizens, intercept internet communications of over a billion people worl... ... middle of paper ... ...SA Fact Sheet. N.p., 1 Mar.
Computer users are constantly watched whenever they search the Internet. Nothing is left unseen on the worldwide web. It is a violation of privacy if Social Media like Facebook, Twitter, and even the government to conduct a procedure on private information that users put on their profiles willingly for their own cause. Social Media Websites such as Facebook and Twitter sell users’ information from their profiles to third parties organizations; even the government collects information to keep an eye on the United States, mostly for criminal activity. In today’s world, the act of privacy is broken, especially when it involves the Internet; plus, the government gathers information from online sources to keep an eye on everything.
House of Cards All the news on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is still fresh in our minds and all the top secrets he has leaked are known around the world. Snowden leaked that NSA has been spying U.S. citizens and by using the surveillance program, or the PRISM. This program has the power to go over any suspicious calls made from inside U.S. and outside U.S. with the telephony metadata they got from the telecommunication companies (Snowden). The program started after the 9/11 in 2001, in order to prevent future terrorism against the United States. The President at the time, George W. Bush, passed the US Patriot Act in order to Justify all the surveillance program to maintain Unites States’ national security.
Edward Snowden is America’s most recent controversial figure. People can’t decide if he is their hero or traitor. Nevertheless, his leaks on the U.S. government surveillance program, PRISM, demand an explanation. Many American citizens have been enraged by the thought of the government tracing their telecommunication systems. According to factbrowser.com 54% of internet users would rather have more online privacy, even at the risk of security (Facts Tagged with Privacy).
American citizens deserve the rights given to them and need to fight for the right to keep them by changing privacy laws to include Internet privacy. The American government used to be able to keep the people in happy ignorance to the fact that they watch every move they make. After certain revelations of people like Edward Snowden, the public knows the extent of the government spying. On June 5, 2013 Edward Snowden leaked documents of the NSA to the Guardian (The Guardian 2). The whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed to the world how the American government collects information like cell phone metadata, Internet history, emails, location from phones, and more.
Top secret leaked Government surveillance programs contracted by the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice have revealed that the government has infected computers with malware, collected phone records, metadata, data, and content from American citizen’s computers and phones. The United States’ Federal Government have gone too far in their surveillance techniques and in doing so have infringed the rights of United States’ citizens in the process. On July 5th, 2013, The Guardian, a British newspaper, announced the leak of National Security Agency documents starting with the leak of the NSA collecting phone records of Verizon customers in the United States. The PRISM program was then revealed the next day, regarding the server access to many of the top technology firms in the world. Finally, on June 9th, 2013 Edward Snowden revealed himself as the whistleblower to the world.
There are several disturbing factors regarding the recent activities of the NSA. The most egregious constitutional breach however, is that those targeted by the NSA no longer had to be suspected of any crime, let alone be suspected of being a terrorist, to fall under the purview of the NSA’s data collection efforts. (Greenwald) This paper will analyze how the sacrifice of privacy in the name of terrorism has ultimately gone too far and accomplished very little. This paper will also discuss how the government has abused the constitutional rights of Americans in attempting to secure itself from terrorism, and how this abuse threatens Americans going forward. II.