However, the question appears, “does the end ever justify the means?” In my opinion, I do think that the end of this dilemma is justified. Edward, a former employee of the NSA, released to the public, confidential information about our government invading our privacy. It is estimated that Snowden took about 1.7 million classified documents containing information about the NSA. The public knows the most about his leak concerning phone taps, and a database storing every single call made in the United States. They are screened for target words that can signify terrorism or other illegal activities.
People, regardless of their political party have been affected by his leaks. Supporters of the NSA have called Edward a traitor and a criminal while those who disagree call him a hero and a whistleblower. Both sides taken up arms and have debated tirelessly about how much we actually need these incredibly invasive surveillance programs. People have also had their faith in the government severely damaged.This is an awful but necessary impact. This involves every citizen so everyone needs to be informed.
These documents stating that the NSA was spying on foreign countries and on terrorists may be the biggest problem on the U.S. because these terrorists will now find other ways to diffuse this information and may cause a bigger hazard than before. Snowden originally leaked this information for his own conscience and not to harm the United States; however, he may be digging America and himself into a bigger hole than before. Have you ever leaked information that you were told not to?
As Martin Luther King said “There comes a time ... ... middle of paper ... ...ed onto by Obama, allowing the wiretapping, searches of business records, and surveillance of individuals (that are ONLY) suspected of being a terrorist or related to terrorist activities. Turns out that those “crazy” people weren’t crazy enough to imagine what the NSA was really capable of. There was the NSA’s climb to power were they used 9/11 to harness our nation’s fear and used it to empower themselves. As of now foreign relations remain stable, but as time passes huge global politics may shift as Edward Snowden and further investigations may prove to reveal more secrets on the NSA. Also, the fiery controversy of whether the compromise of millions of people’s privacy is worth a secure government security is still being debated.
“Everyone is connected. Everyone is vulnerable.” Despite the 21st century 's myriad of beneficial technological advances, this same technology has been being used against us; most of us have access to the internet whether via smartphones, tablets, and/or computers which the government can use to spy on us. The government has told us that, under the Foreign Surveillance Act they would strictly spy on only those who are likely to be terrorists, but they have admitted that was a lie and admitted that they have been spying on everyone, violating both the First and Fourth Amendments (i.e. our privacy without our consent ). And after telling the “truth”, they have set off a chain of lies each time admitting what they previously said was wrong.
The absence of those worries is called liberty. In recent times the US government has been called out, on numerous occasions by whistle-blowers, about some of the secrets they are keeping from the public. “Leaking information is very dangerous. The Obama Administration has embarked on a war on whistle-blowers, pursuing them -- both legally and through intimidation -- further than any previous administration has done. Mark Klein, Thomas Drake, and William Binney have all been persecuted for exposing technical details of our surveillance state.
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?
This collection incriminated the NSA in illegal spying activities. After doing this, Snowden went to the media with the information, and the whole scandal was born. The general consensus was negative towards the NSA for spying on the public. America’s allies such as Great Britain we very unpleased too. It seemed that in the heat of the scandal, everyone had turned on the american government.
WikiLeaks and Julian Assange threatened global security as they willingly and knowingly put lives of thousands at risk by allowing the bad guys an opportunity to a... ... middle of paper ... ... In the last few years, while the WikiLeaks saga has truly evolved. It recently has simmered down as Edward Snowden takes the spotlight in a new leak scandal. This time, the leaks are about the National Security Agency, an organization that provides intelligence about the world to the United States Government. Julian Assange still remains present at WikiLeaks as part of the staff and his most recent actions were assisting Edward Snowden to gain asylum to have a residence despite the fact that Assange himself is living in an embassy in London.
NSA revelations leaked by Edward Snowden in 2013 revealed levels of government surveillance previously unknown and done with little oversight. Government whistleblowers perform an important public service by exposing secrets and should be protected from prosecution. In this climate of deteriorating government transparency, whistleblowers expose corruption to the public which may otherwise never come to light. In recent history, whistleblowers have been vital in revealing government corruption. In one of the first large scale leaks, “the whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg leaked US government files known as the Pentagon Papers, whi... ... middle of paper ... ...r of exposing government secrecy when necessary.