The Nsa And The National Security Agency Essay

1404 Words Feb 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
It is widely debated, as a resident of the United States of America, whether or not it is socially beneficial or even acceptable in any way for the federal government as the National Security Agency otherwise known as the NSA to delve into information that is personal to you for the protection and well-being of the country.(NSA, 2015) Charlie Savage, an author and Washington correspondent for the New York Times, highlight the fact that the NSA is capable of reading SMS (Short Message Service) information between two people, record telephone conversations and even overseeing exchanges through IMs (Instant Messages) when you could be sharing credit or debit card information and passwords, it makes the majority of the United States’ populace wonder if the NSA should continue their work to “defend the country” (Savage, 2013). Barton Gellman, author and writer for the national staff who has been awarded numerous Pulitzer prizes points out that most individuals find that the NSA has crossed the boundaries of privacy and violated the Fourth Amendment, and some conspiracy theorists assume that the United States Department of Justice’s Privacy Act of 1974 lead by the General Information Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties was also violated on several occasions with corporate interests who sought out government files to gather statistics on the country’s residents (Gellman, 2013). However, some people worry about what exactly is done with this information and if it even is legal by…

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