Imagine for a second that every phone call you make, every text message you send, and every place you go is being constantly monitored by multiple governments. Well this is basically what the United State and United Kingdom's government is doing on a daily basis. The United States National Security Agency has been implementing projects in secret to monitoring people since 2001 but it would still be kept as a secret if Edward Snowden did not reveal this massive secret that was intruding the public’s privacy for years. The U.S. surveillance program started because of the September 9th, 2001 terrorist attack that hijacked airplanes and slammed them into the World Trade Center towers. It evolve over time and President George W. Bush’s "Terrorist Surveillance Program" had created PRISM.
The basic idea behind PRISM is that it gives the NSA the ability to ask for information regarding a certain individual from the previously listed companies. While the companies and the government declare that the information can only be collected with court approval. Since the discovery of PRISM there has been debate about whether PRISM
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.
Critics are still arguing that such “powerful” Bill had to be debated and deliberated. Secondly, it is also considered that Patriot Act violates the constitutional civil liberties of the United States, especially: right to privacy, freedom from unreasonable searches, conducting wiretaps, using NSLs, search the private property without any notification and detain a material witness or a suspect with no access to lawyer. There are many evidences when the law was used inappropriate towards non-terrorist criminals. New York Times writes: “The Bush administration, which calls the USA Patriot Act perhaps its most essential tool in fighting terrorists, has begun using the law with increasing frequency in many criminal investigations that have little or no connection to terrorism.” This article shows that the government started to use “new” authority under the Patriot Act to investigate cases on drug trafficking, money laundries, blackmailers and child pornography. Justice Department arguments their position
These events all led to the signing of the Alien and Sedition Acts (History 1). However, the Republicans were against these acts and argued that states had the right to nullify a federal law, leading to the creation of The Virgina and Kentucky Resolutions, which said that states have the power to choose which federal laws they want to follow. Since it was said that the states voluntarily joined the union, they could devide that the federal government went over its borders and pick and choose what federal laws they want to follow (United States History 1). The Alien and Sedition Acts severely detracted from natural rights, such as the freedom of speech. When the first ten amendments were ratified, citizens were promised the freedom of speech, allowing all humans to give their opinion about the government without punishment.
This was a necessary precaution of the prosperity and stability of the nation. The Alien Act declared that if war between the United States and another country, the President shall publicly announce the war. However, one important aspect of our Acts comprised of the nature of immigrants. We firmly believe that in a time of war, all foreign males fourteen years old and older, who are not citizens of the United States, shall be removed as “alien enemies” (Alien Acts). This is necessary for the protection of our country and the success of our
Edward claimed about the revelation of the American’s government compelling Verizon mobile phone and programs like ‘Prism’ through which National Security Agency-NSA are able to get direct access to information and phone records of millions of Americans through internet and websites like Google, Apple, Facebook etc which is completely against ethics and ultimately ensures no privacy to the phone and computer or web users. Although one’s phone data and web conversations are totally a person’s
According to rason.com,“Obama thinks people should not worry about this. A presenatal spokesmen accused that surveillance program is a critical tool to help protect the nation.”According to Buzzfeed.com,“NSA said that any allegations that is operating outside of its authorities and knowingly violating us and personal libraries is false.” According to WashingtonPost, “officials say they do not purposely collect U.S phone locations, they have swept up incidentally.” These examples show that the NSA spying can save people's lives and prevent future terrorist attacks. This shows that the NSA doesn't spy on people on purpose. This also shows the NSA denying violating people's liberties. This is important because the more people we have living the better the society.
(Bilton, 2013) Surveillance of search engines permits information to be monitored so that if any hazardous search word like how to make bomb is looked it up several times by someone then it can be identified (Anon, 2014). Also, watching over the public assists police to capture crime suspects so that government organizations can protect national security (mass surveillance 위키피디아) To be specific, after terrible incident occurred in September 11, 2001, government of United States enacted the Patriot Act which stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. The act was signed by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001 in the name of declaring war with terrorism. (위키피디아) The law grants the right to Federal Bureau of Investigation to profile people who fit certain stereotypes so that potential crime and potential terror can be prevented.
Could I be acquainted with a marked down target so they feel the need to watch me as well? All of these questions pop in my head as I continue to watch Snowden’s exclusive but limited interviews and read different articles with more and more information, it really is an unbelievable but undeniable reality. To discuss my thoughts on the NSA, CIA and GCHQ policies on security there is no need to read the whole unclassified manual of each agency. I already know what is written in those manuals; transparency, limited information recollection, honorable mission to conserve America and to ensure a secure surveillence to protect the God blessed nation that is the US. In other words, genuine gibberish.