NSA And It's Influence On National Security

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Job creation, economic growth, and education have always been the top priorities of a nation. In order to keep these priorities straight, a nation should pursue the highest levels of national security. The United States has had to deal with an overwhelmingly large amount of terrorism and foreign threats since the birth of the country. Now, more than ever, the measure of foreign threats to the U.S has increased tremendously. The attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, shifted the country’s priorities to national security. From that point on, the country’s priority was to prevent future terrorist attacks on American soil. This leads to the passage of the USA Patriot Act. Technology helped revolutionize the nation’s means of security…show more content…
The National Security Agency (NSA) is an United States intelligence organization that is responsible for global monitoring and collecting foreign data intelligence. Within the NSA, existed what was called the “PRISM”. PRISM was created to collect private electronic data belonging to users of major internet services like Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo, and so on(Stroud). A successful example of the NSA’s efforts with government surveillance was present in the case of Najibullah Zazi. Zazi’s plan to bomb Times Square and New York’s subway systems, was arguably the most serious threat on American soil since the September 11th, 2001 attacks. The NSA had helped to disrupt Najibullah Zazi’s plot to bomb New York’s Times Square and subways in 2009. Thanks to PRISM, law enforcement were monitoring an e-mail address known to belong to an existing member of Al Qaeda. Zazi e-mailed that email address and unintentionally revealed himself and his plans to the authorities. He was arrested and faced a life sentence in prison. Without this type of surveillance, Zazi could have successfully murdered thousands of American citizens(Sullivan). The NSA proved to the United States that without monitoring, America would have encountered another national catastrophe. Subsequently, government surveillance was immeasurably acknowledged among U.S…show more content…
The passage of the USA Patriot Act, the efforts of the NSA, and advancements in technology were all responsible for revolutionizing the United States’ national security. The United States government now had permission to use video, cell phone, and computer surveillance to carefully analyze the moves and actions of people in the
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