How the NSA monitors and controls us without public knowing!
How does NSA monitors us? [Introduction]
Are we being controlled without even knowing? Can the most important device in this generation, our phones, be a gateway to the government tapping into our private lives? These are the questions I reflect on because of the recent scandal of our privacy being tapped into by the NSA. Now I ask you, do we actually have a private life if the government is able to receive any information on us?
Below are a couple of political cartoons on the subject of NSA monitoring.
How was the NSA exposed? [Body]
Everything started when the big company "Microsoft" was the first to be included in a program called "Prism” created by the NSA. Not much is known about Prism but we do know the companies included so far:
Microsoft (Launch of program, 2007)
Skype, AOL, Apple (2011, 2011, 2012)
The NSA has been monitoring us since the year 2007. For almost eight years now, the NSA has be under the radar in monitoring our phone calls. Collecting very private data such as: photos, videos, emails and even what they call "special requests." Potentially, the NSA can take any data they want.
The NSA was exposed by "whistle blower" Edward Snowden. Edward Snowden is a former NSA subcontractor who made headlines in 2013 when he leaked top secret information about NSA surveillance activities. Edward Snowden collected and stored a large vast of documents over a long time period. While at word, he built a dossier on the program PRISM. These documents contained vast information on NSA's "domestic surveillance practices."
On May 21, 2013, the Guardian and the Washington Times Snowden's leaked information on PRISM. Edward Snowden had exposed top-secret information on how NSA collected real-time information on everyone in America.
"I'm willing to sacrifice because I can't in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building." - Edward Snowden
Below is NSA Inspector General George Ellard speaking at Georgetown Law University.
NSA Inspector General George Ellard Speaks at Georgetown Law University by kgosztola
George Ellard attempts to support his position on how Edward Snowden committed "long term irreversible negative impact to our national security."
Overall opinion. [Conclusion]
The government shouldn't be incognito while doing surveillance us. We, as the public should know what is going on, how our privacy is being stolen, and why our privacy is being taken away from us. The public should be able to opt out of anything that the government attempts. I feel as this is unlawful and a violation. The world may agree with me.