Many people are failing to recognize the government’s full potential of surveillance over citizens. Most people truly are either just oblivious to the matter or are turning a blind eye on it. Having no privacy over people 's own lives own life takes a turn on things and pushes them straight into the reality the country is dealing with right now. When taking a look at other countries that the government watches over everyone, like North Korea, it’s assuring that that’s not where anyone would want to live. People want to live in a place where they feel safe to read, publish, or watch whatever they want without being watched.
The documentary “Citizenfour” aims to raise public awareness about the state surveillance in the name of so-called maintenance of national security. It consists of related news and a series of interviews with Edward Snowden, revealing details about PRISM. What it mostly shows is facts rather than one’s opinion. Notice that the media depiction hugely influences the way people view the issue. The less opinion and emotional description are used, the more room for the audience to think.
However, it seems like the training of these guards is extremely limited for them to imagine the acts that they forced these detainees to perform. Additionally, the United States government never took any responsibility when the images were released. The Taxi to the Dark Side suggests that the government is responsible for the laws that have allowed the torture of detainees but will not take responsibility or admit fault. Standard Operating Procedure shows that very few low level officers become responsible for their actions, and the U.S. government will not take responsibility for what is going on. Both documentaries show that the people who make the laws have not been held responsible and only those who implement them (guards)
Though what they do has angered many people. Manu people don’t like the idea of to U.S. citizens giving up their freedom of speech at time of war due to them fearing they never get it back. These are just a few of the many things that the government has done in the past one hundred years. Some of these things have angered citizens while others have made them feel safe. Whether it is taking our freedom of speech away to some extent; to being able to go through our mail looking for possible harmful things.
Governments display power in several ways, including choosing what information their people receive, maintaining a false sense of security, and ensuring the right people are placed in authority. The government does not want their citizens to be aware of private matters, especially those concerning foreign affairs. However, people need to have access to data in order to fully trust their leaders. "The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them," (Patrick Henry). If the average citizen is not fully
Many journalists had connections to political figures who gave them valuable information about their governments. These journalists were not typically questioned for probing for answers in order to write their stories because they were trusted by their governmental connections. Any Soviet official asking these same questions would conjure too much media and government speculation, so a journalist with connections to the American government would have an easier time operating than a Soviet agent (146). Haynes, Klehr, and Vassiliev’s book, Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America, exemplified why the Soviets needed American journalists to gather intelligence. Journalists operated without speculation, had resources unattainable to the Soviets, and had the ability to recruit new Soviet agents.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a spy? Although at times it may sound fascinating, to have an intimidating job as such, could be quite overwhelming for some, but not for Edward Lee Howard, America’s Most Wanted Spy. The events that transpired as a result of Howard’s actions will leave many speechless. David Wise’s non-fictional book, The Spy Who Got Away, is one that has been widely publicized and read by numerous people as it contains several striking matters regarding national security. This true story recounts the actions of a disgruntled former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) spy, and how in 1986 he became a traitor, making him the first agent to defect to the Soviet Union.
Both sides, Juan and the government are so paranoid of each other, they go to extreme lengths in order to censor thing. Overall, whether it 's Juan being paranoid over his letter, the extremity of which the government goes into censoring or even the ironic death of Juan, Luisa Valenzuela style of writing makes fun of the idea of Censorship and the ridiculous extremities that each side would go through in order to achieve their
The Patriot Act (the full name is the USA Patriot Act, or "Uniting and Strengthening America Act by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001") was signed on October 26 by the former U.S. President George W. Bush in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11. The main purposes are to improve the level of domestic security and to strengthen the powers of law-enforcement agencies in terms of identifying and eliminating terrorists. The US government and its supporters believe that it is one of the most useful tools to investigate and arrest terrorists within and outside the borders of the country. However, critics argue about Acts “overpower” which treats the civilians in non-democratic way and
I agree with the government has access to check and collecting phone records because for me, American security is the most important situation facing the society privacy. Some of the reason why I say it is that everybody knows that government was taking access to our information long time ago. It is not a new, also I think that the principally, government doesn’t care about our lives. They just want to prevent our security of possible attacks terrorist and people, who want to cause crime; it doesn’t matter if the government just wants to save its security. Everybody should know that all government problems affect our relatively.
First off domestically, before the Cold War the U.S. was loose with their domestic policy but after it they were very strict with their domestic policy. The U.S. formed the House of Un-American Activities, which checked just about every foreign person for them being a spy. This action made every foreigner a suspect. On top of that the HUAC would attack anyone in their way and claim it was justified because they feared the Communists invading their nation. So domestic wise the
Obviously, the most current and most defining example was the NSA spying enacted by the Patriot Act and even more hidden; FBI spying during the Civil Rights Movement. When the Patriot Act was signed by President Bush, this allowed the creation of FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act). This allowed wiretap requests and "…did not have to give the probable cause for suspicion, the reasoning or evidence that explains why the suspect should be investigated" (Stefoff, 2008, p. 44). Arguably, these requests were split into two categories: terrorism and suspicion of crime. However, many of these requests were created quickly and shows that no garnered review was created, this could potentially allow the leaking of the individual’s information
The main way that it is being disregarded is through the government’s surveillance of calls, text messages, internet browsing, and even phones when they are not being used. One of the most prominent examples of this occurring today is the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (more commonly known as the USA PATRIOT Act, or simply the patriot act). According to constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, it “allows officials to sidestep the Fourth Amendment by validating the wholesale disregard of the historic constitutional protections of notice, probable cause, and proportionality,” (Whitehead 1101). Another example of how the right to privacy guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment is being violated can be found in the actions of the Transportation Security Administration, such as searching everyone’s luggage and patting people down before flying. Does this government agency have a warrant to search everyone’s luggage and pat people down?