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.
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
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.
NSA hides the fact that they are monitoring on US citizens without the warrant as they find some connection between the person monitored and some illegal activity to justify their monitoring. At first, after the 9/11, President George W. Bush started a program of mass monitoring of US communication. He had started it without FISA Court’s knowledge and when the population find out about this Congress had to create and enact the FISA Amendment Act of 2008 and inside was the crucial Section 702 that, by law, validates mass monitoring over the last 7 years. These communication monitoring systems rely on these two statutes: FISA Amendment Act of 2008 (Section 702) and Patriot Act (Section 215). These statutes authorize modern PRISM system to collect metadata and content from the telephone companies.
Society assumes that they are told the events that occur in the government, yet there has been recent events that suggest otherwise. According to CNN, “a disclosure of an October 2011 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinion, which found that the NSA had violated the Constitution and federal law with its surveillance program.” However, it is also revealed that “ the government hid the FISA court opinion from the public for years” (Rumold, “What the Government is Hiding From You”). The fictional world of 1984 is becoming increasingly prevalent in the lives of the public today, echoing the message of Orwell that a government withholding information can take away a sense of freedom from the
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
The Surveillance Society In the article, The Surveillance Society, by David Von Drehle, talks about the privacy of today’s society. It is said that “Privacy is mostly an illusion.”, because in our world today, there is hardly any privacy left at all. Today’s society is being watched everywhere they go and everything they do along the way. A surveillance society is a society where you are constantly being watched in every step that you do in life. Ranging from text messages to your credit card purchases.
(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.
Evidence of any party disloyalty was found through surveillance of individuals. The main perpetrator of this surveillance and conviction was done through the Ministry of State Security, also known as the Stasi. (Razka 2016) This paper aims to investigate and analyze how the Stasi did this, and what sort of legacy remains of these communist years. The Stasi did massive surveillance to maintain control, and during the decline of the DGR this increased tremendously. This paper argues that because of the decline of the East German state, the Stasi increased surveillance in an attempt to maintain state control.