The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Essay

1541 Words Nov 27th, 2015 null Page
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” At the time Franklin said this, there was no corporation that was able to collect any information secretly from the American citizens for their protection, but some things have changed since then. In 1952 the National Security Agency (NSA) was created by Harry Truman, “to provide an effective, unified organization and control of the communications intelligence activities of the United States conducted against foreign governments” (Gallagher). As time went on the NSA was kept a secret from America. In 1975 many Americans were introduced to the actions NSA took to get information. Not only did they figure what the NSA was, they also found out that they, as Americans, were being monitored. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was passed in 1978 which made it possible for information to be easily collected by the NSA, but only if there was a warrant. After the terrorist attack that happened on September 11, 2001, Bush made dramatic changes to the NSA’s mission, so that a warrant would not be needed to collect the data that was wanted. The changes to the NSA have made it easier to collect data, but there are several different reasons why privacy is needed. In recent discussions, a controversial issue has been whether we should value our privacy over our national security. On the one hand, some argue that privacy should be more important than…

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