Essay Government Surveillance And The Patriot Act

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Government Surveillance in America
On September 11, 2001, the United States was attacked by terrorist groups in New York City by a terrorist group that cost thousands of lives. The acts of terrorism that happened in 2001 were followed by the U.S House writing an act that would be called “Provide Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism” or “The Patriot Act”. This act was eventually passed and put into effect. It being passed gave government intelligence agencies the power to intrude into personal lives of Americans. The ability of the U.S. Government to access personal information is immoral in many ways. This would include monitoring online activity, listening to phone conversations by means of wiretap, and monitoring text messages sent between two people.
A normal person in this day and age will likely use the internet to read news, check scores of games across the country, and even keep in touch with close friends on social media websites. A program called X-KEYSCORE was developed and used by the NSA that provides the “widest reaching” access of information about individual’s online activity. (Regan 36). These certain type of practices could be happening to anyone at any time. The U.S. government justifies these practices by searching for “act of terrorism”. Terrorist organizations wanting to make arrangements by means of email could be easily exploited as well. Email addresses can be disguised as another person or organization in a process called…

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