The national security agency, which in other words is abbreviated as NSA, is an agency that was authorized by president Bush in a secret presidential way in 2001. The NSA is tasked with global monitoring, collection, decoding, translation and analysis of information and data for foreign intelligence and it also includes the surveillance of individuals in the United States. The NSA is also responsible for the protection of the United States government communications and information systems. This agency was told to conduct a range of surveillance activities inside of the United States without statutory authorization or court approval. This included electronic surveillance of Americans’ telephone and Internet communications. The authorization of the National Security Agency is an unjust issue that should be made right because of unwarranted search and seizures, abusive power, and it’s for societies own good.
One reason that the authorization of the National Security Agency is unjust and should be made right is because of unwarranted search and seizure. I believe that the NSA illegal because it breaks the fourth amendment. According to the constitution, the fourth amendment states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” The NSA does not fall under this because they spy on every
technological communication that people have with others. The NSA goes about searching through people’s technological messages without permission. This demonstrates that this surveillance is unconstitutional and illegal. The NSA’s spying on companies for their data is not okay. They spied on Google and Yahoo data centers with an unwarranted search and seizure. The infiltration of the data centers did not show good judgment of the companies and that is not okay. The NSA’s approach of data collection is illegal. It is unlawful to just take information from others without permission, this can relate with a situation where somebody takes another’s belongings without asking. Which results in the other person getting angry at the other guy for taking his stuff without asking. The NSA doesn’t take the fourth amendment into consideration, which leads to its unwarranted searches and seizures.
Another reason the authorization of the national security agency is unjust and should be made right is because of the abusing of its power with phone companies. NSA’s spying on society through phone companies is too powerful because that’s society number one way to communicate. NSA is asking companies like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile for phone records. These phone companies are currently helping the NSA stalk society. Which in other words means it’s abusing its power because in America there should be freedom. So basically every time someone’s on the phone, people should basically say, “Hello, I know you’re stalking me.” Phone companies agreeing to work with the NSA leads to more spying. Phone Company, AT&T illegally discloses communications records to the NSA. When phone calls are made and emails are sent, AT&T intercepts the communication and hands it to the NSA. Its network of communications surveillance equipment is attached to the telecommunications of AT&T. This attachment of communication helps the NSA abuse its power and listen to what everyone has to say. The NSA’s telephone data collection is simply bad public policy and illegal.
A final reason that the authorization of the national security agency is unjust and should be made right is because it’s for societies own good. People may say that the NSA is put in to stop terrorist attacks from happening and protect us. If that’s the case, that means that the NSA failed because they didn’t catch the recent terror attacks like Boston Bombers before they did harm to society. Since the NSA has failed at this, there is no point on spying on society anymore. Also, if they actually prevent attacks from happening, the NSA won’t say a word and they’ll just keep their mouth shut. This is just a cover up for some other corrupt reason. The NSA is takes away the freedoms that society is born with. The freedom to associate and express political views as a group is prohibited. Society doesn’t have their natural freedoms that they are granted. This is a violation to the first amendment by taking the freedom of expression away. The NSA is unlawful and is causing society to push for political reforms, oversight, and new laws so it’s for societies own good to just get rid of this agency.
The authorization of the national security agency is an unjust issue and should be made right because of unwarranted search and seizures, abusive power, and it’s for societies own good. The former NSA contract analyst, Edward Snowden says, “Today no telephone in America makes a call without leaving a record with the NSA. Today, no Internet transaction enters or leaves America without passing through the NSA’s hands, our representatives in Congress tell us this is not surveillance. They’re wrong.” (Professional persona technique). This reveals that the NSA has got to go and the government is lying to the people. Their power is being abused and will continue in the future. For anyone that thinks this benefits society for providing us protection is naïve.