Edward Snowden

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Gathering of intelligence and espionage has been a fundamental part of American security since the earliest days of the United States. Shortly after President George Washington took office in 1789, he petitioned Congress to allocate a "secret fund" in the State Department budget for the purpose of gathering foreign intelligence. By George Washington's third year in office, the "secret fund" was 12 percent of the federal budget. The first permanent intelligence organization the United States established was the Office of Naval Intelligence in 1882. This organization's task was to gather information about the military forces of foreign countries. Two years after World War II ended (1945) congress passed the National Security Act. This gave birth to the modern intelligence apparatus. After being signed into law by President Harry Truman, the U.S. Department of Defense (made up of all the U.S. Armed Forces) and the CIA was created. This was created to inform the president on issues of national security. Over the years, information gathering has become more and more common. Recently, Edward Snowden showed the world how frequently it was actually happening. Although many people consider Edward Snowden to be a hero, he is one of the biggest traitors in American history. Edward Snowden was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on June 21, 1983. He was the son of Lonnie and Elizabeth Wendy Snowden. Edward's father was a Coast Guard officer. Edward spent the first ten

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