Nsa 's Surveillance On U.s. Spy Programme

1250 Words Nov 4th, 2015 5 Pages
The NSA is an agency that started surveillance on U.S. citizens and people around the world after 9/11 occurred to ensure the nation’s security. The goal of the NSA is to ultimately protect citizens of the U.S. and to keep a massive terrorist event from occurring in the country again. The NSA collected numerous amounts of data on people to find any type of threat that could lead to the distress of the country, but citizens were not aware of this surveillance. The NSA’s secret was eventually exposed and left not only U.S. citizens, but countries around the world outraged. As mentioned in the article, Edward Snowden: Leaks That Exposed US Spy Programme, by BBC News, “The scandal broke in early June 2013 when the Guardian newspaper reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting the telephone records of tens of millions of Americans” (“Edward Snowden: Leaks That Exposed US Spy Programme”). Additionally, the NSA was also collecting data from numerous internet sources such as Google, and text messages were also looked into. (“Edward Snowden: Leaks That Exposed US Spy Programme”) The NSA used the powers given to them by the Patriot Act, to invade people’s personal lives by overlooking the rights of U.S. citizens set out in the constitution. According to Erin Kelly of USA Today, the Patriot Act has now been revised and is called the USA Freedom Act. (Kelly) Kelly discussed how “Section 215 of that law will be changed to stop the NSA from continuing its…
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