The NSA or the National Security Agency carries out most of the domestic surveillance in the United States. Before the 9/11 attacks the NSA needed approval from a court, but after the attacks, they were given free reign to copy any data that possibly linked to terrorist activities. This led to many arguments over whether this collection of data was unconstitutional or not. The extent of this surveillance shocked many people; many civil rights advocates thought that this surveillance breached United States citizens’ rights. Because of the threat of domestic surveillance in the United States it should be decreased drastically but not entirely stopped.
At the start of America as we know it today, George Washington, our nation’s first president shared his opinion on the formation of political parties and how he believe they would tear up the nation and do more harm than good. Against Washington’s wishes two political parties came to rise; the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists, would be later known as Democrats and Republicans. Although these two parties agree on topics such as good schools, healthy families, safe streets and a sound economy, there are details in which the two parties do not see eye to eye. Republicans are commonly characterized as right-leaning and conservative. Direction leaning refers to how conservative or liberal a party is.
Apple letting the FBI into their system to see terrorist data poses extreme risks, because as soon as Apple has “a back door installed, all kinds of people can walk in” (“Apple vs. The FBI”). Essentially, if the government can invade privacy, untrustworthy people can as well. Most importantly however, there must be limits placed on what the government can do, lest they infringe the basic rights of citizens. How can anybody stand having their data mined without consent? The government knows “Americans’ social connections … their associates, their locations at certain times, their travelling companions, and other personal information” (Engler).
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.
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.
“Ideology is a specious way of relating to the world. It offers human beings the illusion of an identity, of dignity, and of morality while making it easier for them to part with them… It is a veil behind which human beings can hide their own ‘fallen existence’, their trivialization, and their adaptation to the status quo.” The ideology and its slogans are meant to be not only the signs if the regime but also its assurance to unite people in one order and keep them in this way. The metaphysical order ensures the system to exists in a
There are many constitutional implications of government spying programs, one of those being a complete violation of privacy here in the United States. Snowden himself exposed the NSA, as he noted that calls were recorded and various other electronic data were collected on many individuals and kept for future use. There is no denying that the use of spying programs violates an American’s 4th amendment and it often leads to people refraining from posting something controversial due to the fear of being watched. Ever since the WikiLeaks documents were publicized, many people feel paranoid, and rightly so. People used to be able to talk, post and do anything they wanted to with complete freedom.
“Ideology is the shared ideas, perceptions, values and beliefs through which members of a society interpret history and contemporary social events and which shape their expectation and wishes for the future” (Marchak 2011, 62). An analogy can be formed between Marchak’s definition of ideology and George Orwell ’s quote. This comparison is significant because it shows that ideologies shape past present and future, just as adequately as those in power presently control the past henceforth controlling the future. Ideologies are sublimely used as a form of control; I believe that those in power have mastered this tool flawlessly.
The wiretapping program is used to collect data that is transmitted on a network and allows the government to eavesdrop without a warrant. The use of this program is easy for the NSA to snoop and allows the government to eavesdrop without having to present a warrant. President George W. Bush had addressed this program as a crucial part to the National Security Agency, yet this announcement led to the wild growth of the NSA’s power. The NSA took advantage of the program and used it to spy on the conversations between foreign nationals, U.S. citizens, and international communications. However, curious of the program and questioning President Bush’s speech, a group from the U.S. senate decided to look into the situation.
In conclusion, NSA’s digital surveillance shouldn’t be continued for following reasons. First, it’s against of laws and constitution. Retrieving information from digital space is considered as unreasonable searches, therefore it violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects all U.S citizens from unreasonable searches. It’s not legal either.
The controversy over the government for tapping into citizen’s phone and email communications is a serious topic that has been going on for a long time. This topic became more controversial when Edward Snowden leaked critical documentation to public about government surveillance programs that were created after 9/11. Many Americans have a different perspective between this particular concerns that is still being talked about. For instance, some citizens are outraged by this controversy and some citizens were not concerned at all about this. In my perspective, I think it was wrong for the government to be able to tap into our phones or filter out packets that contain our personal information.
With digital technology becoming a large part of our lives, more of our private information can be easily obtained and tracked by hackers. This has encouraged the US government to pursue this open information to discover and stop potential crimes before they even start. However, this is a massive drift away from what the US government was built on. The Us government has no lawful claim to monitor internet content of any kind as any monitoring interferes with constitutional ideas and is what incentivised the revolution over 200 years ago. The US was founded under oppressive circumstances.
Louis Althusser (a French Marxist philosopher) in his theory of ideological state apparatuses claimed that families, peers, school and religion are the main factors that determine an individual’s role of the ideological state apparatuses. According to Althusser, these are the preeminent institutions that transfer and lead the existing hegemonic ideology of society into the minds of people, in order to be capable of controlling them. This theory can be easily associated and incorporated in mass
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?