In the last years there have been debates from people about many scandals that have been caused by the action from government from all over the world. It isn't a secret that for the example the government of the United States of America its hiding things that all the people of the planet needs to know, but the most grave thing it´s that some organizations inside this country, secretly has been accessing the mails of American people illegally without the approval of a martial court. This illegal actions of the NSA, CIA and the GCHQ have been revealed by a guy called Edward Snowden that was a former contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) and also an ex-employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The government of the United States accuses him to reveal classified files of this two agencies, and because he was actually working on both. In the side of the CIA and the NSA, I think that they are doing this things for the national security but also that's illegal to do it without the order of an approval of a martial court, thing that they don´t have.
Snowden releasing the information made laws placed to where it 's harder for the government to spy on its people (Ray)19. The UN intervened and helped the people of the united states to make an act in place to protect privacy (Ray)20. Eric H. Holder told the government that Snowden helped the government from crossing the line when it came to spying and they thank him even though Snowden is still a criminal (Ray)21. From the very little good it did, it actually made the united states more unsafe because it has become harder to watch the groups of terrorist (Ray)22. The damage is done and he did it out of selfishness the people he swore to protect are more endangered than ever (Couric)23.
When speaking about Martha Stewart you may view her as that style master but Martha Stewart was detained accordingly of an examination concerning an insider-exchanging plan. The case created a considerable amount of debate since Martha did not present a threat to society, and she was not indicted insider exchanging but rather of the charge of misleading government specialists. As trial lawyer Kevin Mahoney put it: It is a despicable day. The central government will detain a lady for deceiving its agents. Not a lie that rushed a nation into a superfluous war, that duped the nation of a large number of dollars or jeopardized individuals' lives.
The government was free to spy to its people, it was its way to keep things under control. The citizens of Orwell’s dystopian world didn’t have any privacy, they were constantly spied on, and if they did or said anything that went against the government, they were punished. In the article written by Maass and Rajagopalan That’s No Phone. That’s My Tracker. It Explains how the new advances in technology, mainly in our smartphones, can be used to track us.
Nowadays, many people in the United States spend too much time discussing the balance between security and liberty. They criticize the government and condemn the security measures. However, they don't want to admit that many terrorist attacks were prevented by wiretapping, monitoring the internet, and so on. Professor Levinson states that it is “spying”. I would call it “a desire to defend the people, to protect their lives and health from the terrorist
The privacy violations Americans experience today are similar to the privacy violations in 1984 because of surveillance, tracking, and the technology. Nineteen-eighty four uses surveillance to keep an eye on the people of Oceania at all times. For example, Orwell writes “any sound that Winston made, above the level of a low whisper, could be picked up by the telescreen… he could be seen as well as heard” (Orwell, pg. 3). This shows that the people of Oceania don’t get to have a private life because of telescreens and also other technology that is being used to invade in people’s lives.
Snowden, who was a computer systems contractor, worked for the National Security Agency and revealed to the public how the American Government was spying on its own citizens and foreigners. Snowden was committed to the truth which allowed him to reason and understand the difference between what is right and what is legal. Snowden was convinced that the truth requires an individual to do the right thing and not necessarily what is legal. However, doing the right thing could sometimes require an individual to break the law. Snowden was committed to doing the right thing so he revealed the different spying operations that were going on within the N.S.A.
With the advancement of surveillance technology, many citizens feel that their privacy rights have been violated due to homeland security and the threat of terrorism. Throughout history our government has implemented domestic and international surveillance as a way to safeguard our society from other countries. Now the question that seems to arise within our society is if the government is infringing on our civil liberties? Or is this indeed protecting our nation from imminent danger? The balance between national security and the rights of American citizens was forged in 1791 with The Fourth Amendment.
In order to hide the incriminating evidence, Nixon compulsively lied throughout the whole predicament to the press and to the people of America-even the government. Eventually, Nixon handed over the tapes as commanded by the US Supreme Court. Suspiciously, eight and a half minute of a recording was missing, potentially making it impossible to uncover all of the evidence. This was the tragedy of the Watergate Scandal. One of the tapes, called “Smoking Gun” confirms Nixon had yielded justice.
Some people believe this because they keep peoples phones records,they watch what you do, and they listen to private conversations. This is unconstitutional because our Fourth Amendment states “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects of unreasonable searches and seizures.” The U.S constitution is being violated by the NSA because they keep all phone records, they listen to private conversations ,they also spy from mostly every camera and they even search through what people have done online. The topic I chose is NSA spying, NSA stands for national security agency, what they do is watch over people in
Every American is being monitored even without reasonable cause for the government to be monitoring them. The intentions of both acts were to monitor Americans who are supporting the terrorist and help fight the terrorist crimes within our country. The problem is that the government is over stepping that line and is monitoring everyone’s phone data. Phone data is not a reasonable source to gain suspicion of someone who a terrorist or helping a terrorist. Washington Post has posted on May 24, 2015 that the FBI confirms that no major terrorism cases were caught form the Patriot phone data collection (Krieger, 2015) The American Civil Liberties Union filed a law suit against the government in 2013.
This is brought to light in the book when Montag and Faber are talking on the phone and Faber says, “This is some sort of trap! I can’t talk to just anyone on the phone!” (Bradbury, 1991, p.76) Faber’s fear of talking on the phone stems from him knowing that someone listening. The current U.S. government does listen in on the phone calls of its citizens. News journalist Anne Flaherty wrote, “The U.S. government long has enjoyed access to phone networks and high-speed Internet traffic under the U.S. Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act to catch suspected criminals and terrorists.” (Flaherty) She illustrates the government excusing its actions for the better of its citizens. In Fahrenheit 451, the government gets rid of people who are a threat.
In Katz v. United States, Charles Kats used a public telephone to phone-in illegal gambling bets. However, while placing these bets, Katz did not realize that the government was listening to his conversation. The FBI could listen to Katz place illegal bets because the agency tapped that specific phone. Following the recorded conversations, Katz was arrested and immediately taken into custody by the FBI. In response to the arrest, Charles Katz said the police had violated his rights as an American citizen; he claimed the FBI disrupted his right of privacy.
Is Snowden an enemy for informing the world of how the US keeps tags on them, or is he a hero for letting the American people know that their 4th amendment is being violated? Some can argue that America’s enemies didn’t need Snowden to inform them, groups such as al-Qaeda have long since figured that out. Because it is almost certain that enemies already know about what Snowden revealed, the only thing he did wrong was violate his oath, and the NSA’s oath of secrecy trumps his belief that the NSA’s activities were an unconstitutional threat to the American people. Even though the NSA’s oath trumps Snowden’s beliefs, it does not mean that what the oath is protecting is constitutional. The National Security Agency has been keeping many people out of the dark for years about their policies.
In spying on its citizens America would be enabling the abuse of citizens through controlling their actions exploiting their lives. A way this could be observed is by bugging phones to listen in on conversations. “We must not ignore the costs to liberty and privacy of intercepting phone calls and other electronic communications”, (Posner 2). Although public safety is a concern, the greater threat comes from denying citizens their rights and protecting them from tyrannical leaders. First citizens will lose their independence, then they will be stripped of their freedom by restraining their actions.