NSA Scandal - Modern Government Overreach Comparison for 1984
THE NSA SCANDAL 2013-2015
Edward Snowden, a government contractor hired to work for the National Security Agency, comes across troubling documents, which he steals.
On June 6, 2013, both The Washington Post and The Guardian publish information on an NSA program called “PRISM”, which provided direct access to the servers of major internet companies to collect anything, from emails to photos. The uproar is palpable.
Snowden makes contact with two journalists, one from The Guardian in the U.K., and one from The Washington Post. After many clandestine meetings, on June 5, 2013, The Guardian publishes the secret court order that reveals spying on all Verizon calls, even of innocent U.S. citizens.
On June 30, 2013, The Guardian reveals that not only has the NSA been spying on regular Americans, but they’ve been spying on foreign embassies, and foreign government communications as well.
On February 19, 2015, The Intercept reports that Great Britain’s program GCHQ and the NSA conspired to steal the encryption keys found in millions of SIM cards in cell phones.
Congress passes the USA Freedom Act on June 2, 2015, in an attempt to end bulk data collection of calling records by the NSA. It’s the first time in over 30 years that Congress approves a bill placing “restrictions and oversight” on the NSA’s surveillance powers.
Snowden is currently granted asylum in Russia, ironically a nation with a terrible human rights’ record and very little freedom of the press. He is considered by many to be a hero, and by many to be a traitor. Regardless, his actions have severely impacted the government’s clandestine operations, and forced the government to be more transparent.
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