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.
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).
After September 11th, Americans looked to the government for protection and reassurance. However, they did not expect to find out thirteen years later that the government did this by using technology to spy on Americans, as well as other countries. George W. Bush began the policy shortly after the terrorist attack and Barack Obama continued it. There have been many confrontations over the years about the extent of the N.S.A.’s spying; however, the most recent whistle-blower, Edward Snowden, leaked information that caused much upset throughout America (EFF). It has also brought many people to question: is he a hero or a traitor?
The NSA spying scandal all started when a man named Ed... ... middle of paper ... ...is as it voids the 4th amendment and the rights that the people have. They only need to be 51% sure that you are a foreigner to start collecting data on your and view your personal information. Is it fair to the people that the US government collect data on you without even having a search warrant I don’t think so. Many people are still outraged by the files leaked from the past year regarding their spying tactics, and not to mention anyone that reveals these secrets are immediately criminals for revealing government documents. Is this just a big misunderstanding blown up by the media like many other leaks regarding politics?
But, proven recently by the Edward Snowden leaks in the British newspaper, The Guardian, the National Security Agency of the United States in fact spies on their own citizens and nations the US supposedly holds in high esteem (Greenwald & MacAskill, 2013). Many Americans may feel little effect on their lives because they have nothing to hide. However, the idea of the United States government invading their own citizens' privacy without warrants for the sake of finding terrorists feels very wrong and downright creepy (Greenwald & Bell, 2013). So, if the United States' government wants our information, regardless of the consequences, let us make gathering that information hard for them. Starting the process of going off grid and removing all aspects of your life from the internet, family, and businesses only requires a few simple steps.
The CFAA has imprisoned many people, and many people want changes to the CFAA today. The CFAA was made to cover the majority of computer crimes. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was created because the United States Secret Service, and other government agencies needed a law to allow them to investigate cyber-crimes. The United States government also needed a way to discourage and stop people from hacking, accessing data, and many other internet crimes from a government computer. With computers on the rise, and the government converting to computers, the government needed a way to discourage and prosecute someone that damaged or gained access to the government’s information, and any other kind of computer.
“How to spot fake user reviews while shopping online.” CNET News. CBS Interactive: 26 November 2012. Web. 18 November 2013. Pfeiffer, Eric.
Is it worth giving up privacy for security that may not protect anyone after all? Recently Edward Snowden a former National Security Agent (NSA) said that the reason he leaked government information was to warn the United State citizen of the danger they are facing from the government surveillance programs. According to Snowden, the NSA is gathering phone calls context and internet information on every American, storing this mass of information to use in the future to against the people they are supposed to protect. The government claims they had an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that allow them to collect metadata information from the Verizon telephone company, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and others, to analyze the information for a possible threat to the United State. The problem with this is that the government collection of information of all Americans violates the fourth and fifth amendments of the US constitution, which protects Americans from intrusion to their private lives from the government.
would be “exceptionally vulnerable” (Head of FBI, Robert Mueller). But referring to the previous arguments against government spying (i.e. being in violation of our privacy, being illegal, and trust issues) why should we then let the government keep spying on us? Since 2001 up until now, that’s 15 years, spying has not only been done illegally to supposedly expose suspected “terrorists” it has done us no good; The Justice Department’s inspector general said that the “FBI agent’s can’t point to any major terrorism cases, they’ve cracked thanks” to the aforementioned government digital intrusions. It is simply a violation of one 's privacy which what every man, woman, and child should be entitled to in this country famed for “freedom” but unfortunately, this is not the
Many Americans are uncomfortable with the fact that the government can access their personal phone records and other electronic information, but some privacy needs to be sacrificed to save the lives of others. The NSA has successfully prevented over 50 terrorist attacks since 9/11 due to the new surveillance technology being applied (Sullivan). The NSA tracks the location telephone calls were made from, who was being contacted, and the duration of the call (Mukasey). However, this information is just being collected, and not analyzed (Mukasey). When someone contacts a know terrorist organization, or if there is reasonable suspicion that a person is tied to a terrorist plot, the NSA just has to look in its database to find the information it needs to prevent the attack (Turner).