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.
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.
The United States of America is built upon the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment that states that everyone has personal freedom and the right to speak freely without filter; moreover, freedom implies privacy and recently the leaks made by Edward Snowden says that the NSA has been contracting an intelligence agency to intercept on electronic communications and been creating a disturbance in the world as it was also stated that NSA has also been intercepting contacts in China and Europe. These leaks certainly have made Snowden into a whistleblower and a criminal in the eyes of the NSA and the Americans who do not want to know that they are being spied on, also he has dissolved the flaws in the US constitution and has made a base from where America needs to fix. Snowden can be identified as a criminal because he leaked confidential documents that had sensitive information about the NSA and the PRISM program. The documents leaked about the NSA shows that the NSA can spy on American electronic communications without any warrants and can keep that information for up to five years before being destroyed. This means that information of millions of innocent Americans are kept on file and can be used against them.
Now, the debate rages on: Is Edward Snowden an American hero or an American villain. The United States government wants to bring treason and espionage against him for leaking some of the most confidential government secrets, but, what most people didn’t know before this whole debacle was that the government was uncontrollably spying on its people using any type of phone, tablet, or computer, Now the government’s response to the outrage of the people would be that they are protecting them from possible terrorists, but some may still ask the question of: Is the government violating my privacy? After gathering all the information, it is up to you to decide: Is Edward Snowden an American hero for exposing to the people of the U.S. the government’s dirty spying secrets or is he an American traitor guilty of espionage and treason?
Party opinions on this matter have flip-flopped between George W. Bush’s presidency and Barrack Obama’s. As a republican president, Bush had ordered the National Security Agency to secretly eavesdrop on Americans in an effort to find the sources of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This seemed to be a huge problem for many people as the program was first completely secret and furthermore did not require court-approved warrants. This program last about 3 years. Many Democratic politicians during the time accused the White House of passing down to much power to the N.S.A, allowing them to break domestic and international laws.
Now, reforms are being pressed against the government’s throat as citizens fight for their rights. However, American citizens are slammed with the counterargument of the innocent forte the NSA tries to pass off in claims of good doing, such as how the NSA prevents terrorism. In fear of privacy violations, limitations should be put on the NSA to better protect the privacy of our honest citizens. Recently in global news, the name Edward Snowden has became quite popular as he snatched millions of people’s attention along with breaking news headlines. Snowden released numerous documents via internet that were private to the NSA; these leaks revealed the dirty work the NSA and government have ... ... middle of paper ... ...A was watching their every moment at this very second?
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
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.
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.
In 2013 Edward Snowden, a now 30 year old technical assistant to the US Central Intelligence Agency met with Guardian news reporters and illegally leaked classified information from his government laptops. Shortly thereaf... ... middle of paper ... ...rs were released it could be incredibly detrimental. With nearly every person on the internets data filed away it can be difficult to manage such massive databases. Society has been changed by Snowden. People, regardless of their political party have been affected by his leaks.