The National Security Agency ( Nsa ) Essay

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The events of September 11th, 2001 changed the duties and beliefs of the national government forever. After the largest breach on national security of the 21st century, the national government responded strongly and swiftly. Under President Bush, the Patriot Act was easily passed through both houses of Congress, and has since then been reauthorized multiple other times (NSA Surveillance). The powers and responsibilities of the National Security Agency were also drastically altered to fit the needs of a new era in this nation.
The Patriot Act
The Patriot Act granted the national government more authority and enforcement in order to protect the country against terrorism (Mockaitis). A main goal of this legislature was to give the government faster and easier access to private information (Mockaitis). For example, under the Patriot Act, the government is allowed to search anyones home or car without obtaining a warrant or even notifying the individual whose property they are searching (Mockaitis).

The National Security Agency
The National Security Agency (NSA) is a government agency located in the United States Department of Defense (Taylor). The two main goals of the NSA are “Information Assurance” and “Signals Intelligence” (Taylor). Although the NSA has been around since 1952, it has just recently come under fire as one of the most scrutinized government agencies of the 21st century (Taylor). This is because many of the agency’s spying tactics were exposed by Edward Snowden…

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