NSA Argument Essay

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“Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re being watched and recorded,” said former NSA information technology contractor, Edward Snowden, as quoted in an article by CNN political reporter, Jeremy Diamond. Despite his low position in the National Security Agency, Snowden caught the world’s eye in 2013 when he leaked documents revealing the NSA and FISC’s plans for mass domestic surveillance in the United States. His decision to reveal classified documents sent the nation into widespread outrage. The NSA had access to not only metadata (records of activity), but also content containing personal information that Americans rightfully assumed was protected by laws such as the Stored Communications Act (SCA) and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act…show more content…
The SCA was amended, the Cybersecurity Act was written into law, and the USA FREEDOM Act was added to the USA PATRIOT Act, all in 2015 in an attempt to bring regulations on surveillance procedures up to date. Regulations would add limitations to NSA’s ability to access information. Yet, according to an article in the Huffington Post, one of the most popular American political sites, by lawyer Shayana Kadidal, “ even advocates of the Freedom Act note, there are many other ways in which the government could be sweeping in the same records.” Clearly, the multiple additions to the law in 2015 weren’t sufficient enough to hold back the government. A document titled “What Went Wrong with the FISA Court”, by Elizabeth Goitein and Faiza Patel, published by the Brennan Center for Justice (BCJ) at New York University Law School, suggests that “Congress should require the government, on a periodic basis, to submit to the FISA Court for its review a list of the selection terms used to acquire electronic communications under Section 702 [of FAA].” Periodic reviews such as these would eliminate any chance of current laws becoming
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