The National Security Agency ( Nsa ) Collection Of Metadata Essay

2226 Words Nov 12th, 2016 9 Pages
The National Security Agency’s (NSA) collection of metadata has been questioned on constitutional grounds. Specifically, the NSA’s actions have been argued to conflict with the Fourth Amendment of the constitution, which states that all citizens are free from being subjected to any unreasonable searches or seizures initiated by the government. Proponents of the NSA’s collection of metadata believe that it is a crucial tool in preventing potential terrorist attacks, while opponents of the program believe that its questionable constitutional validity, along with its lack of clear success in preventing a single terrorist attack, leaves the National Security Agency’s metadata collection program in desperate need of reform or outright abolishment. It is important to note what the NSA is tasked to do before discussing the constitutional arguments against its metadata collection program. As Abdulmajeed Alhogbani, in his work, “Going Dark: Scratching the Surface of Government Surveillance,” informs, the agency has two tasks: “1) information assurance, which prevents foreign agents from obtaining classified information, and 2) signals intelligence, which collects and analyzes foreign intelligence” (3).
The earliest surveillance measure enacted in the United States came in the form of the Communications Act of 1934, which centralized “the regulatory process of telecommunications and provide[d] affordable access to communication services” (2). This seemingly innocuous act would be…

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