Ns The National Security Agency

1262 Words Nov 11th, 2014 6 Pages
"USA Today confirms: the National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth. With access to records of billions of domestic calls, the NSA has gained a secret window into the communications habits of millions of Americans." (Opsahl 28 Sep. 2013) It’s no secret that the U.S. government agency known as the NSA, National Security Agency, has been monitoring phone calls and Internet usage of United States citizens since the early 2000’s during George W. Bush’s time in office. During his presidency, Bush authorized the motorization of millions of citizen’s phone calls. (Tebbutt 25 Sep. 2013) The NSA created a secret program called “The Highlander Program” which was designed to monitor satellite phone transmissions on the Inmarsat network in the Middle East. During this secret program, the NSA did not monitor any United States citizens. Bush claimed the surveillance was limited to the al Qaeda, but that simply was not the case. (Forgang 27 Sep. 2013) Does the United States government have the right to listen in on civilian’s phone calls regardless of the reason? As seen in the media, most citizens don’t want the NSA to be listening in on their calls and other forms of communication. In Samuel Greengard’s magazine article, Spies Among Us, he explains, “The boundary between protection and privacy has always been fuzzy.” (Greengard 27 Sep. 2013) The point he is offering is…
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