Why Government Surveillance Is Unnecessary Whether people know it or not, the NSA has been conducting mass surveillance on American citizens since the early twenty-first century. Many people argue whether it is good or bad for the people of America, but studies prove that it has a more negative than positive effect. The NSA stands for National Security Agency in which they are an intelligence organization meant for global monitoring of American citizens (www.nsa.gov).They have been known for processing data from Americans and foreign country leaders to find information they are looking for.
Mills gives the reasoning behind the current governments surveillance laws in place. Then he writes how Edward Snowden exposed the NSA and how the Federal Government was violating privacy laws citizens had in the name of “counterterrorism”. The NSA is attempting to keep their surveillance programs secret and how they have future plans for more surveillance. Mills explains the history and future of surveillance, the informative passage helps by showing certain actions by the NSA and what they have and are willing to
Leading some political people to either be cautious of every step they took or to just retire from the current position they had. Now the government is a very important position that not everyone is in but even so we as regular people have it tough too. In online website because the NSA is trained to hack into our devices how do we know that our identity is being stolen while we’re putting our information into the computer? Due to technology advancing identity theft has become more common. If we continue the use of the NSA’s device we lose our privacy.
When Edward Snowden exposed the NSA spying on everyone there was not a known amount of terrorist attacks, which lead to the general statement of “Online surveillance has been effective and is an important tool in the fight against terrorism”(Francis, 2013). Years later, and once the NSA was a huge topic for the media the NSA bragged about how they stopped 54 terrorist attacks. Even this is misleading because of those 54 only 13 were in the USA. They also used the term “terrorist attacks” very loosely, because as John Oliver stated, “the bulk cell phone data collection has stopped one terror plot… a San Diego cabdriver who… provided $8500 to… al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia” (Snowden Interview, 2015). He then stated that this terrorist group had no connections or plans to the USA, so even if he had funded them, it wouldn’t have made a difference.
Censorship has played a very effective role in society, government and our social media, but it’s affecting a lot more than just that. What role does censorship play in America and what guidelines should be used to ban books, videos, and articles written produced for public use? Mrs. Winstead says, “I think it is absolutely necessary for us to ‘self-censor’ meaning that we should all be able to decide what we want to read, listen to and create.” Jared Harter says, “Some things should be censored, because they might be too ‘inappropriate’ for certain age groups”, and that lawmakers SHOULD have the ability to censor material they find inappropriate. Censorship while it always includes limiting or eliminating access to certain thoughts or resources, includes some approaches.
According to Richards (2013), it is illegitimate and pernicious to establish an underground and comprehensive surveillance in the society. First, individual privacy, which should be granted and well protected by the law, is now violated. Under PRISM, personal details, including thoughts, movements, communication, transaction and health record, is being systemically and consistently collected without a permit from the owners. The right to hold these details is shifted from the individuals to the state. The state then can make use of the information for certain political purposes like filtering criminal/ terrorist-related suspects out of the government or even country.
In today’s society, technology plays a very important role in its ability to function, it helps people find information, communicate with others far away and provides entertainment. In “Fahrenheit 451”, a book written by Ray Bradbury, a dystopian future where books have been made illegal is presented. In the article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr, raises many questions about technology and its effects on society. It’s quite evident that we have become quite dependent on technology due to our overconsumption of it.
In “The IRL Fetish”, Nathan Jurgenson discusses technology and social media’s increasing presence in our lives. Initially, Jurgenson addresses social media’s evils and its overwhelming influence on our livelihood. It appears Jurgenson is criticizing our obsessive
After the gruesome attacks of 9/11, the United States government passed a legislation called the Patriot Act in attempt to cut down on the terror attacks. This act gives the NSA, or National Security Agency, the ability to oversee our actions. The NSA’s approach to surveilling the population is obtaining the information by tapping into technology, such as phone calls, internet pages and searches, and viewing emails and texts. Thus, controversy has triggered due to the fact that these actions are unconstitutional, and much terrorism that remains. The NSA should be greatly altered because they invade the privacy of Americans, unlawfully goes against the constitution, and we lose our rights.
In an age of what appears to be increasing insecurity, Americans have to make a choice between being secure and maintaining civil liberties or is it up to the government to decide. Privacy today faces growing threats from a growing surveillance apparatus that is often justified in the name of the national security. Security is privileged over values such as civil liberties after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Because of this horrendous event the national government, began its surveillance attack in hoping to stop another terrorist attack from happening. The government has been trying to rebuild the security that was lost (“Money”).
There is no easy way to say “let’s just get rid of the Patriot Act as a whole.” As it was described in the beginning, it is an acronym, swearing that the government will protect its citizens from terrorism. It is justifiable in a sense that after the attacks on 9/11, the government needed to take the offensive in the war against terror. It is not justifiable that after passing such anti-terror legislation, that the government abuses/and restricts the citizens of the United States of their constitutional rights. Most importantly, THE BILL OF RIGHTS.
The patriotic Act has been highly controversial and widely citied The act provides sweeping power to government agencies. That is in monitoring the personal habits of terrorism suspects and anyone residing in the United States, or a U.S. citizen residing abroad. Individuals fear that this can be power can be abused.
The internet along with many other technological advances has brought humanity a long way. Like with all change, there are positive outcomes as well as negative outcomes, and while having information at our fingerprints and obtainable within seconds might be a positive thing, there are still going to be some negative results. Nicholas Carr’s 2008 article published in The Atlantic, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?,” explains what Carr believes to be some of the negative effects that the usage of the Internet has brought upon us. Carr believes that the Internet is shaping the way that we think and that humans are losing the ability to read long pieces of writing. The purpose of his ironically long article is to convince his readers that the Internet is actually changing the way that we think and interact and to shed light upon something that many people experience, but they might have not realized it yet.
Patriot act was ruled illegal as they passed the freedom act. Justice Department in 2009 acknowledged the NSA had collected emails and phones of Americans in a way that exceed legal limitations In May 2015, According to a federal Patriot Act, known as Section 215, cannot be legitimately interpreted to allow the bulk collection of domestic calling records. Freedom act== 2.Ineffective