NSA Spying Vs. Privacy

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Imagine a world where the government knows the whereabouts, conversations, and desires of all of their citizens. The NSA is a government organization that gathers intelligence based on communications within and outside of the United States. The NSA gathers intelligence to ensure national security. This is dangerous because it is extreme surveillance of ordinary Americans. Intelligence gathering activities pose a threat to the average American Citizen because they violate American laws, show a lack of government cooperation, and it violates the privacy of American citizens. Intelligence gathering poses a threat to American citizens because it violates American laws. The NSA is spying without warrant, the NSA spying goes against the constitution, and the NSA spying violates the National Security Act of 1947. The…show more content…
The NSA intercepts millions of phone calls and messages between Americans each day and analyzes them. The Electronic Frontier Foundation makes this clear when it says, “The US government, with assistance from major telecommunications carriers including AT&T, has engaged in massive, illegal dragnet surveillance of the domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans since at least 2001”(1). This quote shows not only the amount of communications collected, but also the fact that said collecting is illegal. Intelligence gathering is dangerous to American society because it is an invasion of the privacy of millions of Americans. Many would argue that intelligence gathering operations help American citizens rather than hurt them. Some Americans believe that it’s necessary because there have been a number of instances of “homegrown” terrorists. These are American citizens who decide that they want to join terrorist groups such as Isis or Al Qaeda. This intelligence gathering helps find said “homegrown” terrorists and helps prevent

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