Although there are many pros and cons to this surveillance of American citizens, the agency is ultimately just doing its job to protect the lives of the people. Unless a person is actually planning on committing a major crime, there is no real reason for citizens to worry about the NSA and it's invasion of our privacy. The agency is not out to look for embarrassing information about its citizens, rather, only searches for and analyzes information which may lead to the identification of a targe... ... middle of paper ... ...rk with us. This can have a major impact on the economy, and may eventually lead to a weakened nation overall. However, it can be argued that the United States is not acting hypocritical through mass surveillance over the internet.
The problem is, some citizens believe of these acts of surveillance violate the fourth amendment. This subject effects the people of the United States as a whole regardless of their internet and computer usage. The policies that the government has placed indirectly affect everyone from child to adult, rich and poor. Even though government surveillance may prevent some acts of terrorism, the government should not have the right to spy on its citizens. This surveillance should be stopped because it violates the people’s right to privacy, violates the constitution and could be a precedent for further invasions of privacy.
Apart of PRISM is the NSA’s commitment to Cellphone companies like Verizon and AT&T, where the NSA can snoop on the phone calls made by Americans and can gain intelligence from them. ... ... middle of paper ... ...a whistleblower and a criminal based upon that he leaked information that should have never come out and gave signs of snooping that should have never been discovered. Snowden is making a good life now living in Hong Kong and has certainly been on the watch by the NSA for these leaks. He being a criminal and the releasing of secure documents is the biggest reason to not being at home. 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.
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. In a recent article by Julian Sanchez a research fellow from Cato Institute said on a recent cyber attack on Google that, "The Google hackers appear to have been interested in … gathering information ... ... middle of paper ... ...but fear that the government who is suppose to protecting them will turn around and use this information against them in the future. It is important that the government come up with a solution to protect the privacy and security of all Americans with out violating the law. Works Cited McQuade, Samuel C. "government intelligence programs." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society.
Brendan Pataky Mrs. Neve English II Honors 29 April 2014 Wiretapping To what lengths must a government go to protect its citizens from threats such as terrorism? This is a frequently debated and controversial topic. One of these so called measures is wiretapping without notice. The government should not randomly spy on its citizens because it is morally wrong and it violates basic human liberties such as but not limited to privacy. There is a litany of problems with wiretapping, regardless if it is at a private or governmental level.
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?
Apple strongly believes that creating this necessary backdoor system will create a negative chain of effects that will affect everyone from smartphone users to social media companies and their privacy. The FBI recently has taken Apple to court to create the necessary backdoor operating systems to get around the security features created on the Apple IPhones. Apple has the legal right to refuse creating a “backdoor” software to get into suspected terrorists iphone because it invades the privacy of Apple 's customers, it will set a precedent for other companies, and the FBI will mislead Apple. The first reason why Apple should not create a backdoor is because Apple IPhones were created with their customers privacy in mind. Apple, a well known billion dollar company have been so successful at keeping their customers privacy protected.
The government gives each American citizen a set of unalienable rights that protect them from the government’s power. These rights cannot be broken, yet the government violates the Fourth Amendment daily to find ways to spy on the American public under the guise of protecting against terrorism. In 2007 President Obama said the American administration “acts like violating civil liberties is the way to enhance our securities – it is not.” Americans need to understand that their privacy is worth the fight. The people need to tell their neighbors, their congressmen, and their senators that they will not allow their internet privacy to be violated by needless spying. 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.
To fully protect Americans from future terrorist attacks monitoring, the Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force, and the Patriot Act have been essential components. Many complain the war on terrorism has invaded their right to privacy. People are worried their phone conversations and internet use are being monitored. The truth is only those suspected of terrorists acts are being closely monitored by the government. The fact is we need military tribunals, detention programs, monitoring of internet and phone activity and attorney-client conversations to protect all Americans from future terrorists attack (Ashcroft).
In conclusion, I believe that the US Patriot Act is putting the United States’s citizens in danger. Accusing and arresting innocent people who are not terrorists will end up making people turn against each other. The government is casting a net so big that it catches not only the bad people, but the good as well, all in the name of 6National Security. Are we really living in a nation that believes in “Liberty and Justice for all?”