American Government Surveillance

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Why then does the American government show such little responsibility with the great power they possess? The concept of freedom has been a contested subject for ages in the United States. It has assumed various meaning during the different stages of the American history. Mass surveillance has become a tool of political domination. However, technologies being used to monitor people.
During the era of the founding fathers, it stood for liberation from political authoritarianism. Freedom in the current American society has turned out to be a significant subject matter over the past couple of years after the terrorist attack that took place on 11th September 2001. Several aspects that are associated with the steps taken by the federal government
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According to the New York Times, “Seventy percent of Internet traffic on the planet must travel through the United States (Markoff).” The data shows the United States contains the power to control the world’s Internet traffic. Basically, all the information that sent between two locations will passes through the United States first. Snowden exposure documents show that the US National Security Agency through access to the global mobile network, collecting nearly 50 million copies worldwide up to the position of the phone call records per day, and gathered into a huge database. Internet surveillance is an illegal action process by the NSA without a legal warrant. All of these surveillance activities is violate the privacy of citizens. Nevertheless, Unconstitutional seizure of the telecommunications and unconstitutional search of content search for selectors are the mass spying in the …show more content…
This is a fundamental abuse of the individual right to privacy. According to Glenn Greenwald, despite the dangerous security situation that has prevailed after the 9/11, the response by the government through the enactment of the Patriot Act has been widely seen as being drastic and extreme since it gives the government extensive surveillance powers. In trying to limit this powers, the congress attached what came to be referred to as “sunset provisions”. This provision means that the act would be subject to approval by the congress after a period of every five years. However in the year 2005 and 2010 during the administrations Bush and Obama respectively, the government demanded their renewal citing the rising cases of domestic terrorism (Democracy Now). The congress complied, and the act was then renewed with minimal opposition from civil

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