An Agent Of A Foreign Power

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For US persons, whether or not they are in US territory, Section 702 does not allow US intelligence agencies to intercept their information or to put them on record. To put US persons on record, the NSA or other intelligence agencies should seek a warrant from the court after showing a probable cause that specific US persons identifiers are being used to exchange criminal or intelligence information or that the person targeted is an agent of a foreign power (for a FISA warrant). When it comes to foreigners, US intelligence agencies cannot surveil them under section 702 when they are in the US. A warrant is needed in this case, as it is for US persons. However, when the foreigner is outside the US territory, Section 702 allow US…show more content…
- Then I am going to argue that, for the benefit of globalization and international trade, it should be made equally harder for US intelligence agencies to collect information on non-US persons as it is to collect US-persons’ private information. Otherwise, this double standard can have – or maybe already has – negative consequences on trust between nations. S

This is an interesting approach to the assignment, Serges. One question that it raises is whether the distinctions between US persons and foreigners are morally justified—do you focus on the practical arguments about globalization because you think that it is morally acceptable to make the distinctions that section 702 makes and the only basis for opposing them is to point to their practical consequences?

Besides the dearth of morality that this distinction causes to our moral values of fairness, equality on the respect of human dignity as well as the consideration of the right to privacy as a human right, This distinction may also have undesirable socio-economic consequences. Let us examine some of them.

On an intuitive level, one could see, as … mentioned, that foreigners may develop either an anger toward this unfair surveillance system that the US uses (section 702) or a distrust of US companies’ abilities or willingness to protect their private
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