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.
The hackers, if they are successful, can gain information on developments in firepower and even worse the nuclear bomb codes. So cyber security is crucial for the government to keep their sensitive information safe. This was shown when a Chinese hacker hacked government email accounts with a form of phishing. Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication (Wikipedia). This led to government officials shutting down most alerts on employee accounts to prevent this form of hacking.
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.
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.
The datas are draw and analyze by NSA from citizen's personal informations such as audios, videos, pictures, e-mails, instant messages, documented files, social network activities, and contact informations. In this surveillance plan, there are two secret program. One is to monitor citizens' network activities, and the second is to monitor through citizens' telephone call records. This is the largest monitoring project that had ever happened in the history of America and it really staggered the public. Snowden's confession over exposing the confidential documents that reveals the NSA's surveillance program has influenced the public with different interpretation.
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. The American government used to be able to keep the people in happy ignorance to the fact that they watch every move they make. After certain revelations of people like Edward Snowden, the public knows the extent of the government spying. On June 5, 2013 Edward Snowden leaked documents of the NSA to the Guardian (The Guardian 2). 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.
Having that same agency also spy on their own citizens is tremendously worse for domestic relations, protests and rallies have been organized to raise awareness and attempt to put a stop to these heinous acts of privacy invasion. What is worse is that the United States government has been actively trying to pass bills and acts, in secret courts, to make the collection of all this data easier. The government attempts to justify these acts of privacy invasion by claiming that it is really for the protection of society. If there was a benefit to this mass collection of data it would be moot in comparison to all the unlawful activity and detriments spying on pretty much everyone causes. At this point the inter... ... middle of paper ... ...ot want to be spied on.
There is 70% of American citizens that possibly can be commit treason. Edward Snowden for example, is a famous former NSA agent who leaked out information about ... ... middle of paper ... ...oing it. Everything that they do is for us, not themselves, most of the time, and as you look at your computer, With more and more things that the government uses to protect us like, public law 113-2. As more and more people worry about fraud, identity theft, or their personal information being stolen, then they must accept the fact that we are being watched. Privacy laws are a must nowadays and we would be no where without them, and now with new ways for hackers to find out who we are, what we do, and literally everything about us, we would be no where without privacy laws.
As technology has developed and become essential to our society, many government commissioners dread social media and its authority and power in our society – but does this give them the authority to monitor online content? This means that the government would have access to personal and confidential information that the public display on the internet. Tom Baker, a liberal democratic MP, stated that social networking sites have replied that social networking sites consist of hypersensitive exclusive details about its users and Mr. Baker troubled that the data could possibly be exposed from all government-controlled database. Another newspaper, The Independent, cited him stating related strategy to keep phone and email files threatened to be the "most expensive snooper's charter in history". "It is deeply worrying that they now intend to monitor social networking sites which contain very sensitive data like sexual orientation, religious beliefs and political views," Mr. Bake... ... middle of paper ... ...as people should have their privacy when surfing the internet.
As a US citizen myself, I am a bit concerned that I have government officials following my every move on the computer. Then again, it is all in effort to prevent terrorist attacks, such as the horrific 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers, from happening again—or so they say. Some skeptics believe that there is a dark side to our government, one that was just recently leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. According to Justin Brookman, the government has been fishing out data from companies who already have large amounts of data from users like us (“Privacy in a World of Persistent Surveillance”). But what is NSA going to do with all the miscellaneous data they collected from us?