The NSAs Dark Secrets Revealed
Posted: June 9, 2013 by Maja Johnson
Just hours after The Guardian exposed the secret court orders the NSA sent to the telecommunication giant Verizon to hand over data to the government, two other Internet companies AT&T and Sprint as well as credit card companies have been discovered to "cooperate" with the Big Brother too.
The Wall Street Journal published the shocking news only hours after the Guardian and Washington Post announced the Verizon connection. It turns out that the US Government literally hears everything and sees everything American citizens do. As if taping into the phone records was not bad enough, now it looks like the "All-Seeing Eye" monitors every purchase people make and every post they like.
As the top secret documents got revealed, many of the Democratic Senators jumped in to protect and defend the NSA. Most of them gave statements that the act of "gathering metadata" was meant to protect America as well as that the program was entirely legal, and should be renewed every three months. The National Intelligence Director also stepped in to defend NSA'a action and attack the newspapers, calling their actions harmful against the long-term defense of the country. Most of the government officials found excuses stating that "it is just metadata". However, the report of the Guardian clearly indicated that metadata is the same as content – everything can be revealed!
President Barak Obama was scheduled to have an official meeting in Silicon Valley this Friday with the biggest Internet and tech players. The reason for the visit was primarily about fundraising and other world issues. However, with NSA matters going through the roof in less than 24-hours, experts believe that the meeting will have a very different tone.
With Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Verizon, AT&T and several credit card companies obligated to comply with governmental top secret orders to reveal data, no American can feel safe anymore. On one side, there is the general public who feels violated and stripped of their rights while on the Government that believes that such actions are essential in keeping its citizens safe from harm. Personally, without court warrants for a specific case, I feel this is a huge invasion of privacy and the Government has overstepped its boundaries.