The National Security Agency: Invasion of Information

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Can you be sure that the government is not monitoring your every call and keystroke? The government has created a program under the National Security Agency that records the public’s usage of data and communications. In recent developments, the media has depicted the NSA as the ominous Orwellian Big Brother that is watching every move you make and thought you think. This is not far from the truth since your metadata from every call or online search is recorded, stored, and can be used to decode you as a person. The USA PATRIOT Act was valuable to the NSA while the United States was in a national crisis, after the attacks on September 11th; but now, the PATRIOT ACT needs to be repealed or modified to abide by the 4th Amendment to the Constitution because our time of crisis is over and political decisions do not need to be made as quickly. The government has crossed a privacy boundary and is infringing on our public right. The USA PATRIOT Act is an acronym that stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Interrupt and Obstruct Terrorism. The USA PATRIOT Act is an act that was passed in 2001 to allow for a greater range of surveillance both nationally and internationally. The National Security Agency is a government program that was created in 1952,me in an attempt to prevent foreign attacks during the Cold War by intercepting communications (Frequently Asked Questions About NSA). Since intercepting telegrams and code breaking, communications have gotten much more complex with the growing and already widespread use of the Internet. Without proper funding to keep up with new technologies, the NSA had fallen behind other intelligence agencies until September 11th, 2001. The attacks on the T... ... middle of paper ... ...30 October 2013. 24 November 2013. Web. Greenwald, Glenn. As Europe erupts over US spying, NSA chief says government must stop media. 25 October 2013. 24 November 2013. Web. Guardian US interactive team. A Guardian guide to you metadata. 12 June 2013. 23 November 2013. Web. Merkel demands clarity on NSA's role in Germany. 18 November 2013. 24 November 2013. Mission. 15 April 2011. 23 November 2013. Web. Selyukh, Alina. U.S. internal watchdog finds NSA workers spied on significant others. 27 September 2013. 24 November 2013. Web. Wetterer, Charles M. The Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure. Berkely Heights: Enslow Publishers, Inc. , 1998. Print. —. PATRIOT Act. 8 October 2013. Web. —. Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. 24 November 2013. Web. —. Surveillance Under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. 2012. 8 October 2013. Web.

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