The Surveilance Program

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House of Cards All the news on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is still fresh in our minds and all the top secrets he has leaked are known around the world. Snowden leaked that NSA has been spying U.S. citizens and by using the surveillance program, or the PRISM. This program has the power to go over any suspicious calls made from inside U.S. and outside U.S. with the telephony metadata they got from the telecommunication companies (Snowden). The program started after the 9/11 in 2001, in order to prevent future terrorism against the United States. The President at the time, George W. Bush, passed the US Patriot Act in order to Justify all the surveillance program to maintain Unites States’ national security. By considering that it has been 13 years from its start, and the fact that the surveillance program is now known to the public, the program no longer has the efficacy it is meant to have. Actually, the program was never effective in the first place, although this program’s primary purpose is to protect the nation by sacrificing the privacy of the citizens. Also the data stored by the NSA is not stored safely which makes the data a threat to the country. 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. "NSA Violated Privacy Protections, Officials Say." Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal, 10 Sept. 2013. Web. 18 Jan. 2014. Lee, J. "Anonymous Leaks Documents & E-mails Used by NSA for PRISM." Cyber War News. Cyber War News, 8 June 2013. Web. 21 Jan. 2014. Leopold, Jason. "Revealed: NSA Pushed 9/11 as Key 'sound Bite' to Justify Surveillance." Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera, 30 Oct. 2013. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. Robertson, Adi. "The NSA Reveals How Many Analysts Abused Its Database to Spy on Their Lovers." The Verge. The Verge, 26 Sept. 2013. Web. 19 Jan. 2014. Robertson, Adi. "Unprecedented 'black Budget' Leak Reveals the Scope of $52 Billion US Spy Complex." The Verge. The Verge, 29 Aug. 2013. Web. 18 Jan. 2014. Snowden, Edward. "NSA Whistleblower: Edward Snowden." Interview by Glenn Greenwald. The Guardian. The Guardian, 6 June 2013. Web. 7 Jan. 2014.
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