Friday, September 6, 2013
Who should be on the priority list? American people or the others?
In 2013, one of the biggest surveillance scandals was shown to the public by a 29-year-old man, Edward Snowden, former employee in the National Security Agency (NSA). He announced that, through surveillance programs such as PRISM,XKeyscore, and Tempora, the United States is able and is monitoring 90% of the Internet communications in the world, which is defaulted by the US administrations and has induced huge debate around who should be on priority in therm of human rights, Americans or the world? What is real human rights?
Of course, it is NSA’s duty to do what they can to secure the safety right of the US citizens, however, this operation is based on the violation to private information of people in the whole world including Americans. If the security of American people could be on top of others’ rights, where on earth comes “ All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”?(The Universal Declaration of Human Rights). Again , this brings us a funny story, while claiming herself as the model of human rights and world justice, the United States is breaking these rules in her “smart” way.
No different from any dictating administration in the world, the government of the United States honors the ones who are for her interest , and eradicate the ones who are against her. Proofs can be found from WikiLeaks to Snowden.
In my perspective, a real human-right-oriented country should respect these rights first in stead of tricking the public by their ignorance in the name of human rights.