NSA Leaks

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Perhaps the most recent political issue is the revelation of the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs. To better understand the points I will explain, a certain amount of background information is needed. The NSA leaks came from Edward Snowden, a former technical contractor for both the NSA and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). From June 5th to June 29th, the media has been releasing his information; including A top secret order of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that ordered a business division of Verizon Communications to provide "on an ongoing daily basis" metadata for all telephone calls "wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls" and all calls made "between the United States…show more content…
The government's legitimacy – the citizen's feeling that government rule is rightful and should be obeyed - is fading. According to the USA PATRIOT Act, Title II and III however, the government has extended rights to gather foreign intelligence information from both US and non-US citizens, without having to show probable cause to obtain a warrant, to share electronic, wire, and oral interception information with other federal agencies, and the FBI to use secret warrants to obtain medical, business, and library records. The other common signs of system breakdowns are also showing in low levels. Because of the large economic downturn, both inflation and unemployment are up, the police are typically armed (though not to the extreme), and corruption is evident – some made more so by this development. Though America is not in an economic growth, it is industrialized, and so it has citizens feeling relative deprivation, and plenty of intellectuals to fuel the dissent of the NSA revealings. Some citizens are frustrated that they do not have the privacy they believed they did, others point out that, for the most part concerning US citizens, their actions fall within current law. Some have quoted the US Declaration of Independence “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.” Within Crane Brinton's theory of the stages of a revolution, the US is showing the beginning signs of the first step: the old regime decays. There is no administration breakdown, but most are highly cynical of the government, officials admit that all processes are complicated, and intellectuals are bringing up more problems. The NSA break may bring about reforms for those that
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