The Importance Of The Insider Threat Program

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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…
The unwillingness and huge loss of sources is making it difficult for journalists to piece together stories and confirm key points that are important. Since it 's taking them much longer to finish their research, they are unable to publish as many stories as before. Journalist are beginning to feel like they are being viewed as suspects for simply doing their job. James Bamford, a journalist for The New Yorker who has been dubbed as "The NSA 's Chief Chronicler" believes "If you are writing about national security or the NSA itself, they consider you - a journalist - a national security danger, and so they feel justified in doing whatever they are doing." Many journalists are realizing that they have been placed on a watch list by the NSA for communications that arose from their research. Laura Poitras has been detained for questioning while crossing the U.S. border more than 40 times between 2006-2012 for no reason other than her job. This is causing many to take extreme actions when they are writing stories. In an attempt to protect their sources, their data, and themselves, many journalists reported modifying their practices for investigating stories, …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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