Friday, October 4, 2013

Spying is not the Quickest Way to a Government's Heart

Most Americans today know of the NSA. But because the NSA (and PRISM, the NSA tool used to collect private data) have just become exposed to the public, it feels as if they have just started watching us. However, thanks (or maybe no thanks?) to Edward Snowden, we now know that this spying and tracking has occured for many years.
Recently though, it was leaked that the NSA had not only spied on Americans but had also spied (some say unconstitutionally) on international electronic data, such as many of Brazil's classified government documents and less classified but still personal emails.
How much more intrusive can out government get? Needless to say, I do not have much respect for the American government at this time, steming from their classified electronic spying and now exaserbated by their inability to pass a budget and work together as a bipartisan government.
This is an extreme violation of the human rights granted to all. I draw the line at the spying on international governements. For the American citizens, I giv emore sympathy to the NSA and the US government because US citizens give some consent to the government by living here as residents. But to spy on foreign allies and foes? That is just unaacceptable behavior and a huge infringement on their own human rights!
I understand that governments should attempt to stay ahead of other governments, but intrusively violating their privacy is not the way to do so.

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