We must do whatever necessary to ensure that there never will be another September 11th. Since the enactment of the Patriot Act, there have not been any major acts of terrorism committed on U.S. soil. If the Act had been established earlier, perhaps the tragedy of September 11th would have been prevented. The Patriot Act has applied common sense knowledge and resources to law enforcement, making it easier for them to seize terrorists before they strike. The Patriot Act, however, has stirred up controversies amongst those who believe it to be a violation of our civil liberties.
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.
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.
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?
The NSA’s statement, regarding their recording of personal information, was that it was a necessary action to prevent and stop terrorist organizations. Up until about a year ago, the NSA’s surveillance on the American people and its collection of their personal records was unknown. But whistle blower Edward Snowden changed that. Edward Snowden was a NSA contractor who stole a trove of the programs classified documents and leaked them. Snowden first went to the Guardian, a British newspaper, with his informatio... ... middle of paper ... ...nt collect the bulk data.
The War on Terrorism Has Not Compromised Civil Liberties In the wake of 9/11, the United States of America began to fight a war on terrorism. Many in this country would say we actually started a war against ourselves. One argument is the war on terrorism has begun to erode our civil liberties. Have our civil liberties really been abused or have they been slightly altered by the Patriot Act to protect all Americans best interests? To fully protect Americans from future terrorist attacks monitoring, the Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force, and the Patriot Act have been essential components.
How dare the government completely disregard the constitution and eliminate the fourth amendment. It is not necessary to collect all of the US citizen’s data and invade their privacy in order to fight terrorism. The government tells the people it is necessary because they have a secret agenda. The burden of worrying about someone reading one’s emails, listening to one’s phone calls, and ultimately invading one’s privacy is called tyranny. The absence of those worries is called liberty.
With the 9 -11 attack in 2001, terrorism and the protection of civilians became a number one priority. The American government went secretly against their own Fisa law by secretly accessing the email and social media accounts of Americans. This law they overlooked prohibited them from accessing the electronic personal information of US civilians without a warrant. Then in 2008, they created the Fisa Amendments Act (FAA), which made much of their devious activity legal... ... middle of paper ... ... are allowing them to continue executing these programs. Works Cited Ball, James, Borger, Julian, and Greenwald, Glenn.
This demonstrates just how crucial metadata collection is to national security. If this lag time were applied to terrorist situations, the military would not have time to prepare and prevent attacks on American citizens. The issue of government surveillance should never have been an issue. It has only benefited and protected American citizens. It has not violated Americans’ privacy rights and it remains constitutional.
Metadata is any and all information regarding any type of communication or data used. Metadata contains where a call was placed, track current locations, numbers called ingoing and outgoing, can also be tapped. The NSA denies everything regarding the collection of personal information, but according to former NSA employees, they say otherwise ('NSA Surveillance Programs"). In conclusion, the modern use of surveillance assists public safety, but not as much as they are an invasion of privacy. Americans should be aware of their civil liberties and protect them.