They can even tap into phone calls or hack into offline computers. How many terrorists is the NSA really stopping? There have been multiple tragedies such as the Sandyhook shooting and the Boston Marathon incident that were not stopped, yet the NSA is invading the privacy of United States citizens and defying the 4th amendment which protects people from unreasonable searches. The government is hiding more secrets behind the National Security Agency and what exactly they do. The NSA should not be invading United States Citizens’ privacy, especially when doing that has not proved to be very effective.
In addition, the surveillance program cannot be fully justified by the federal laws and the Constitution. The surveillance program should be terminated because of it is: ineffective, becoming a threat to the country, and unconstitutional. PRISM has never met its target goal ever since it was established and what it is doing to irrelevant to national security. It only has gathered the metadata just to spy on the US citizens instead of spying on foreign threats to the Nation. Metadata is the telephone record NSA has forced Verizon to hand in to them which includes who’s on... ... middle of paper ... ...n, and Devlin Barrett.
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. President Obama labeled the man a traitor because he showed the world the illegal acts the NSA performs on US citizens (Service of Snowden 1). The government breached the people’s security, and now the people are afraid because everyone is aware of how the US disapproves of people who do not agree with their programs. Obama said that these programs find information about terrorists living in the US, but he has lit... ... middle of paper ... ...S. N.p., 5 Sept. 2013.
Is the American government trustworthy? Edward Joseph Snowden (2013) released to the United States press* selected information about the surveillance of ordinary citizens by the U.S.A.’s National Security Agency (N.S.A. ), and its interconnection to phone and social media companies. The motion picture Citizenfour (2014), shows the original taping of those revelations. Snowden said that some people do nothing about this tracking because they have nothing to hide.
"A good practice to help Walter 2 stop privacy invaders is to adjust your privacy settings. In practice, though, adjusting Facebook’s dozens of privacy controls can be tedious and confusing." (Uong) All of these things are invasions of your privacy and if you do not take steps to protect your self you leave your self open for privacy attacks. Does the government also ... ... middle of paper ... ...ple- press.org/2013/06/10/majority-views-nsa-phone-tracking-as-acceptable-anti-terror-tactic/ "National Security Agency / Central Security Service - Top Banner." Welcome to the National Security Agency.
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.
Even after this statement by the President there are those who speculate that the government is "snooping" into their lives and monitoring their internet activity. Although there is this paranoia that the government is "watching", it may actually make people more aware of what they do on their computers and cause them to practice safer internet browsing techniques. The legal justification for the collecting of this data is Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which authorizes the government to collect domestic phone records. Section 215 expanded the extent of what could be collected and lowered the standards required to do so. The information that can be collected specifically from phone companies is the number of and length of calls made, but not what the contents of the calls is.
The issue on privacy is extremely controversial in today’s world. As the United States’ use of the internet, a global web of interconnected computer networks, expands, so does its problem with privacy invasion. With the U.S. pushing for new laws governing internet use, citizens are finding their privacy being pulled right from underneath them. Web users are buying and selling personal information online as well as hacking users for more information. One may argue that there is no such thing as privacy on the internet, but privacy is a right among Americans, and should be treated as such.
The United States has not followed accepted standards of conduct in regards to its domestic and international surveillance techniques. The initial document released by Edward Snowden was an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ordering Verizon to supply all of the metadata from their customers to the U.S. government on an ongoing basis. (Greenwald, 2013) At first glance this doesn’t appear to be too alarming. Metadata is strictly statistical data that identifies locations and length of calls, but doesn’t reveal the identity of the callers, or the content of the call itself. However, later documents released by Snowden reveal that this metadata was cross-referenced with other databases, which enabled the government to identify both callers.