The Role Of The NSA In 1984 By George Orwell

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The NSA: An Orwellian Reality In the cautionary novel 1984, George Orwell paints a scary picture of what society might look like by the year 1984: a surveillance state, where privacy is long-forgotten, civil liberties don’t exist, and the government can view and track everything one does—or even thinks. While he may have been far-fetched, Orwell’s prediction is not at all laughable. Edward Snowden, a National Security Agency (NSA) official, revealed to the public in June of 2013 that the aforementioned government agency has had access to excessive amounts of domestic metadata (phone calls, emails, internet activity) and has used this metadata to spy on U.S citizens illegally. Not quite Orwell’s vision, but Snowden’s disclosure has opened the eyes of many to see that the NSA should be a cause of alarm for…show more content…
It not only eerily resembles Orwell’s creation of “Big Brother”, but it also happens to be a massive waste of government resources and has shown very limited upside. For the good of the general public, the National Security Agency should not have access to domestic metadata on the grounds that it has acted unconstitutionally, unethically, and ineffectively. The NSA has secretly, yet deliberately, overstepped its constitutional boundaries. Under the Patriot Act and FISA warrants, the NSA has received judicial permission to pursue metadata avenues in hopes of foiling domestic terrorist attacks. Each time the agency desires to track an individual, it needs to file a request with FISA and a warrant can only be granted if there is reasonable suspicion. FISA courts, meant to look through and validate every request for data by

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