Wake up, people!
by Zoe.Papadatos on August 28, 2013 - 9:56pm
In May of 2013, Edward Snowden, an American computer specialist who worked for the CIA and the NSA, leaked details of top secret, mass-surveillance programs run by the NSA to the press. In June, the American government charged the whistleblower with espionage and theft of government property.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program violates the constitution. However, the NSA claims that the only data collected was “metadata”, such as the numbers called or the duration of the calls. However, many agree that the NSA has overstepped their bounds. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, Republican of Wisconsin, author of the Patriot Act in 2001, says that the NSA has “scooped up the entire ocean to catch a fish.” Despite this popular opinion, the mass-collection of data was approved by the Fisa Court.
An anonymous author once said: “When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are ruled by criminals.” I couldn’t think of a more fitting quote to express my feelings towards the NSA scandals. I find it hard to believe that Americans have yet to put their foot down when so many people are obviously outraged by the news. After all, this scandal has remained prominent in the news for almost half a year. How far can the American people be pushed before they start pushing back? Sure, there have been protest here and there, small and big, but how much different can their government have become? Wake up, America! Big brother is looking down at your every move and it’s time for them to see a change.