Snowden harmed the relationship between the US and its allies. Snowden first leaked the documents in June 2013. Some documents included information on American espionage efforts against enemies. Others revealed how the NSA was spying on its allies as well. When Snowden leaked the information, it didn’t just make the enemies hate the US further, but it also harmed the relationship it had with its ally countries.
After leaking of the clandestine surveillance program PRISM which is operated by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) to collect internet communication including telephone calls, e-mails and other files made by millions of American, Edward Snowden is considered as a traitor by some of American politicians. They criticize his conduct violate the law and should be prosecuted. However, most of the ordinary citizens hail Snowden as a hero to reveal the unethical actions taken by American government. A person, through his own decisions and actions, to defend one country and maybe all the countries people’s freedom, is not called a hero, then who else can be called a hero? The erosion of privacy rights has never been achieved in one
Well the answer to this questions is no. According to CNN, “The CIA had quite a bit of information about two of the hijackers and their presence in the United States before 9/11,” and their threat reports was shared with Bush administration official but even after multiple warnings, the Bush administration was not able to respond to these threats appropriately (Bergen P). Even though it is clear that NSA spying would not resolve in the prevention of such a detrimental terrorist attack, it is still their reason on continuing the program. The NSA also did not prevent the Boston bombing on April 15, 2013, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 people (Levitz J). The NSA spends around $2 billion each year but the results that the government is getting is not quite promising (Sahadi J).
Many people believed the 9/11 conspiracy theories to be true, and the government knew or had planned that an attack was going to go down on this day. One conspiracy theory circling around after the 9/11 attacks was that insider traders knew about attacks before they happened. Right before the September 11th attacks, some fishy business happened within the stock market and the insurance firms. An “extraordinary” amount of put options were placed on the United Airlines and American Airline stocks, the same airlines that were hijacked during the attacks. Many people speculate that traders were tipped off about the attacks and profited from the tragedy.
According to the website Politifact, the president of the united States Donald Trump said on January 30th, 2018 that the immigration visa lottery “ randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of American people”. This statement has been proven false by politifact: “ While lottery applicants are randomly selected, they must meet education and work experience requirements. They must also be vetted by the United States government before being allowed to come to the United States.” So why would Trump lie? The answer is simple: he wants to create a fear of immigrants and immigration by implying that they are a threat to American citizen’s safety. If his manipulation works then people will vote for him because he offers anti-immigration laws and projects like his infamous wall on the border between Mexico and the United States of America.
Big brother implies the authority that regulates and monitors information and citizens. Currently, technology developments such as closed-circuit television, black box, cell phone, and a bunch of search engines, allow to record every moves that people make and to give rise to surveillance society. Surveillance society has two sides of the coin. In this essay, I will deliver pros and cons about surveillance society and possible solutions to deal with the issue. Firstly, reasons of agreement are safety concerns and maintaining the order of society.
Likewise, President Trump also received power through mysterious circumstances. It is fully apparent the presidential election had interference from Russia. Regardless of evidence for collusion, Trump like Claudius is ruling through unwarranted means and is deceiving the nation. Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen allies of Trump indicted due to the long-standing investigation into the election. This week the Associated Press confirmed a new indictment, former senior adviser, Rick Gates.
In addition, some members of the Grand Old Party have distanced themselves from Donald Trump. They do not want to be associated with him especially after the release of the video between Donald Trump and Billy Bush. Among the participants of the Grand Old Party who have withdrawn their support include Senator of Arizona, John Mc Cain. “I thought it important I respect the fact that Donald Trump won a majority of the delegates by the rules our party set. But Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy,” Mc said in one of his statements.
In our increasingly interconnected society, information could spread from one end of the world to the other in a matter of seconds, via the internet. The importance of accurate and unbiased information could not be overstated. The uncovering of the recent phenomenon - fake news - has caught the attention of many governments and organisations across the globe. Fake news is either news, stories or hoaxes that are created to spread misinformation with the sole purpose of deceiving readers in order to accomplish the author 's agenda (Hunt, 2016). The perpetuation of this fake news problem has created anxiety among politicians in free democratic societies.
Newspapers contain editorials and op-ed columns, while there are lively debates on current issues taking place on television. These not only convey the required information, but also influence the stance one takes on the issue. This can be a tricky point, and hence, will be addressed in greater detail in the section on abuse of media. Branching off from the point regarding formation of opinion, the media also helps keep the government in check. Investigative reporting is an crucial role that the media plays – it looks into cases of corruption, inefficient handling of resources, etc., and strives to expose the truth to the masses.
She effectively demonstrates that people are now capable of creating problems by sharing their opinions or altered information through the internet. She is not blaming the technology, but instead warning us, as people, to be careful as to what we believe or post for everyone to see because not everything on the internet is true. Her argument successfully used the story involving President Obama’s birth certificate after assuming his role in the White House. Who 's to say that the only reason I support her argument is because I already showed similar viewpoints to the
They mention the agency’s new wiretapping program and the constant suspicion that the agency is hiding something. The “FBI Encyclopedia” and “NSA wiretapping program” explains the suspicion on the NSA since World War II to the present day twenty- first century, while “Rep. Ellison Statement on Allegations of NSA Spying on Muslim-Americans” talks about how the NSA spies on Muslim-Americans when there was no wrong doing. This article uses the position of other nations/ races and how they are affected through these programs. However, all three articles come to a conclusion to make points about the National Security Agency being sneaky with something and their actions going beyond their
This begs the question of whether the Bush administration simply didn’t believe that terrorists could attack the U.S. on a large scale or if someone in the administration would benefit from the attacks. The 9/11 commission report also failed to investigate why the “U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission notified the FBI of suspected 9/11 insider trading transactions”. Not only this, but Bush and his administration repeatedly called the 9/11 attacks “opportunities” and this was not mentioned in the Commission report. This evidence implies that there was before-hand knowledge of the attacks which aligns with the idea that the government knew about the attacks and chose to let them
The CIA 's potential involvement was frequently mentioned during the 1960s and 1970s when the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was involved in plots to assassinate foreign leaders, particularly Fidel Castro. According to author James Douglass, Kennedy was assassinated because he was turning away from the Cold War and seeking a negotiated peace with the Soviet Union. Accusations and confessions of and by alleged conspirators, as well as official government reports citing the CIA as uncooperative in investigations, have at times renewed interest in these conspiracy theories. The CIA is the first main group that was investigated by the Warren Commission .There are two main people in the CIA that we think to have something to do with it. William K. Harvey was a main suspect because he was a CIA clandestine services operative who help arrange assassination plots and was also seen with Oswald(JFK assassination co-conspirators).
Being an Intelligence Analyst in the military, Chelsea Manning’s job was to handle classified information, but she discovered documents that revealed atrocities committed by the US in Iraq. Feeling compelled to let people know what was happening in the Global War on Terror, she promptly released this sensitive information to a website known as Wikileaks for all to see.