Friday, December 20, 2013

NSA Spying Controversy Reaches Boiling Point

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Spying has been a regular part of government work for centuries. But, due to the advances in technology, spying is no longer limited to informants and undercover agents. Love him or hate him, Edward Snowden has opened up the discussion on the morality of how far a government should go to spy on its own people for the sake of protecting them. While he is in essence a whistleblower and a thief, he's also done what he's seen as “the right thing to do.” This has led to widespread coverage of what the FBI, CIA, and NSA do at home and abroad. The latest blow to the program came from a federal court judge, ruling the NSA's spying program to be unconstitutional. He supported his case by saying that the NSA's data collection has yet to stop an attack. This negative coverage is the last thing the NSA wants, but we as a society must take a serious look at the repercussions of such strain on the Fourth Amendment.

In response to major terrorist incidents like 9/11, most governments have opted to keep an eye on their own citizens for threats that may exist. But the major question is if the government actually has to collect data on every single person who has a phone or access to internet service. With the NSA's current system, they have the ability to find an individual's phone and track internet usage if they happen to be persons of interest. This seemingly unchecked power has left many angry at the fact that the government has the ability to disregard privacy laws for the “greater good.” This coverage has been so negative that other countries have been looking into their own spy agencies to confirm that they aren't doing the same.

So much negative coverage is literally going to drive this program into the ground if the NSA doesn't agree to make some changes. In fact, there is so much negative coverage I find myself wondering whether the NSA has been criticized too much. There are ways to alter the program so it doesn't record everything but continues to maintain some semblance of security. This would probably include making all cases, excluding ones with obvious terrorist ties, temporary and deleted after a certain time. This problem can be fixed.

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