NSA Surveillance "I can 't in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they 're secretly building" (Edward Snowden). The NSA began monitoring and collecting sensitive and personal information from Americans such as their emails, phone calls, photos and other private material. Massive surveillance began in 2001 after the terrorist attack in New York and since then there has been a big peak in government watching. It 's unnecessary for the NSA to monitor American’s private conversations as well as other sensitive data because people should be able to have a sense of privacy in personal communication with others. Government watching is something that the government shouldn’t do because although there are bad people in this world it is irrelevant for them to watch everyone because not everyone is bad and many people disfavors this decision.
Thesis Statement: The National Security Agency violates our constitutional rights by collecting data on our phone calls, messages, and Internet use without our consent. Introduction: I. Imagine a world where nothing is private. Every conversation had, every message sent, and everything you search for online can be seen or heard by a faceless entity at any given moment. In 2013, a man by the name of Edward Snowden revealed that this is a reality for Americans.
The recent revelations about the NSA surveillance programme have cause concern and outrage by citizens and politicians across the world. What has been missing, though, is any extended discussion of why the government wants the surveillance and on what basis is it authorised. For many commentators surveillance is wrong and it cannot be justified. Some commentators have argued that surveillance is intrinsic to the nature of government and its ability to deliver the public good. Few, though have looked at the surveillance within a wider context to understand how it developed. A notable exception is the work by Steven Aftergood.
The NSA or the National Security Agency carries out most of the domestic surveillance in the United States. Before the 9/11 attacks the NSA needed approval from a court, but after the attacks, they were given free reign to copy any data that possibly linked to terrorist activities. This led to many arguments over whether this collection of data was unconstitutional or not. The extent of this surveillance shocked many people; many civil rights advocates thought that this surveillance breached United States citizens’ rights. Because of the threat of domestic surveillance in the United States it should be decreased drastically but not entirely stopped.
The age of intelligence has grown at an extremely accelerated rate over the past few years in the United States. After the events of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group Al-Qaeda attacked the World Trade Centers in New York, the surge of surveillance of the American public increased drastically. Measures to ensure our national security were put in place directly after the attacks such as the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the passing of the Patriot Act, and the rise of the National Security Agency, or NSA. The purpose of these decisions were to guarantee the safety of the American citizens from any act of terrorism. The products of this idea are something far from what the American citizens expected in terms of safety
People claim that nowadays they are living in surveillance society because Big Brother in twenty first century is keeping a close eye on people’s daily life. If so what is the meaning of Big Brother? The word Big Brother first introduced in George Orwell’s book named 1984. He said that “Big Brother is Watching You.”(George Orwell, published year). Big brother implies the authority that regulates and monitors information and citizens. Currently, technology developments such as closed-circuit television, black box, cell phone, and a bunch of search engines, allow to record every moves that people make and to give rise to surveillance society. Surveillance society has two sides of the coin. In this essay, I will deliver pros and cons about surveillance society and possible solutions to deal with the issue.
According to the text “Our value is founded on a unique and deep understanding of risks, vulnerabilities, mitigations, and threats. Domestic Surveillance plays a vital role in our national security by using advanced data mining systems to "connect the dots" to identify suspicious patterns” (NSA). One of the slogans of the NSA is, “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. However, if you have nothing to hide there is no argumentation as to why the NSA taps into any form of communication or access to the internet. Therefore, this withdraws the power of the people and puts it directly back into the government and, simultaneously belittles citizen’s
The “Nothing-to-Hide Argument” Analyzed: In this rhetorical analysis, I will be taking a look at Daniel J. Solove’s essay “The Nothing-to-Hide Argument,” which is about privacy in the context of personal information and government data collection (Solove 734). Solove’s main argument in his essay is that the general public has a narrow perception of what privacy really is. The purpose behind his main argument is to expose the problems with the nothing-to-hide argument while presenting a way to challenge it for his target audience, government officials. Solove’s argument to his target audience is effective through his exemplary use of substance, organization, and style in his essay.
Do you ever feel like someone’s watching you? We may not see it, but government surveillance has skyrocketed throughout the years. Anything that we do with our electronic devices can be monitored by the government. Our privacy can be intruded on and we don’t even have a clue. Once our information is in the government’s hands, it can be spread widely and kept for years, and the rules about access and use can be changed entirely in secret without the public ever knowing.
Since September 11th, fear connected with national security threats has shifted to fear of the federal government. The U.S.A. Patriot Act certainly caused much anxiety amongst society. Signed by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001, this act increased law enforcement’s surveillance and investigative powers, “The purpose of the USA PATRIOT Act is to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and other purposes.” Clearly, federal agents have abused their power, as personal information, telephone calls, and Internet searches were and are being recorded and saved. A recent news article, posted in The Guardian, fully elucidates the intrusive government spying of American citizens, “the watchlist tracks ‘known’ and ‘suspected’ terrorists and includes both foreigners and Americans.
Smart TVs know what we’re watching—soon they will have eyes to watch us watching them—and smart meters know if we’ve turned out the lights”. Although it is said to believe that modern day surveillance technology is used for good purposes, people need to realize what consequences follow when it is not used for good purposes. “The power of today’s surveillance goes beyond sharp visuals. The most sophisticated surveillance networks in the country – in places like Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle – combine multiple cameras with intelligent software that collects and stores detailed information on potential suspects and everyday citizens alike. Some software can be programmed to analyze and identify a specific activity, such as leaving a package in a public area.
Clients have their individuals’ rights for privacy thwarted in a way that although the release of customer’s information is to be used for the identification of possible terrorists, there is no impediment that the very information is actually utilized for other reasons, including nefarious ones. This Act fundamentally ignores some of important privacy laws and gives to the American government unprecedented surveillance powers in regards to eavesdropping in order to gather intelligence and to enforce laws. While it is clear that the balance of power has shifted towards law enforcement , it is also clear that the surveillance does not end within districts or township libraries. Quite the contrary it has reached ones’ residential doorways and this can indeed damage the reputation of the United States as the leader of human
In this excerpt, Ted Senator describes the difficulties NSA faces when trying to discover terrorists, comparing the task to the needle in a haystack analogy, in order to justify their extensive monitoring of the populace. The prompt requires both sides of the argument, so this excerpt will show students the pro-spying attitude, one many of them will likely be unfamiliar with. The student will easily understand the passage due to the pathos and informal attitude. Students could develop several different arguments from this passage, including the necessity of surveillance to compensate for the vast cloud of information to sort through. The student could extend the given analogy, connecting it to source B and C. It could also easily become a counterargument, if the student preached enough about freedom regardless of the circumstances.
Why did a government surveillance official lie to America? In March 2015, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper declared the National Security Agency (NSA) does not “collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans” (Engler). Then Edward Snowden revealed that truthfully, plenty of data was being collected and surveyed by the government through the bulk collection of private phone information. James Clapper later stated he “misunderstood the question” (Engler). Not only does this spark rage, but also reveals that the government has been using its resources to data mine at the ignorance of citizens, where a computer algorithm tries to find potential threats in hopes of stopping terrorism. Additionally,
After the 9/11 attacks on the US, the NSA, or “National Security Agency”, began doing surveillance on the country in order to find terrorists and stop them. The NSA, or National Security Agency, is an American intelligence agency specifically designed for national security. According to their website, “The majority of our nation’s intelligence for counterterrorism, hard targets, and support to military operations comes from the NSA.” However, US citizens are complaining that the NSA’s method for “securing our nation” is “unethical” and “unconstitutional”. They feel like they’re being “violated” and that their “right to privacy” is being overruled. To any uneducated individual, that individual’s right to privacy is as important as his/her right