Summary: The Insider Threat Program

In 2011, President Obama has issued an executive order for the Insider Threat Program. This program prohibits executive government officials who have knowledge of national security matter from speaking to the press without prior authorization first. After Snowden 's release of leaked documents, the Insider Threat Program became more intense. Government officials are no longer allowed to speak to the press about unclassified matters, such as their own personal opinions about current events. In the past, journalists could keep their government sources secret so that they would not have to face punishment. However, that is impossible for journalists to do nowadays because of the magnitude of NSA 's programs. The NSA can quickly pinpoint journalist …show more content…
These programs are doing damage to the values the United States claims to hold most dear - freedom of expression, freedom of press and the right to counsel. However, the secrecy of the programs is creating even more uncertainty that leaves journalist 's and sources confused on what the rules and regulations of The Program really are. This uncertainty has created what is being referred to as "surveillance-induced chill" in reporter-source relationships. President Obama has attempted to clarify the limits of NSA programs in speeches but whenever he tries to clear things up, he purposely uses vague language that leaves reporters more confused than they were …show more content…
No changes have actually occurred since either of the leaks in 2005 and again in 2013. Even though there has not been significant change in the government does not mean that this has gone unnoticed. By telling American 's the truth of the programs, we now can take as many precautions as we feel is necessary. Some people make sure to check the boxes in their browser 's privacy settings to not allow websites to track them, some people disabled the GPS in their phones and others are finding their own way to prevent the government from tracking them. The biggest impact has been on journalists who are struggling to report truthful and accurate stories about government. This is because the government is still funding these programs that violate the first amendment in the Bill of Rights by using extensive surveillance techniques. Until the government is held accountable for taking away the first right granted to all US citizens, nobody will be able to trust the true motives of the United States

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