PRISM and Your Lack to the Right of Privacy
PRISM AND YOUR LACK TO THE RIGHT OF PRIVACY – The U.S Government for years have been developing new technologies in order to track our movements 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without the legal requirement to obtain a warrant in order to do so.
With the current news on PRISM and that of Edward Snowden who blew the whistle on how the National Security Agency (NSA) are monitoring every bit of data the public creates online, from emails, images, videos and overall internet use there are now growing fears in the U.S and around the world that Government is illegally collating data on our private lives.
Yesterday the U.S Government issued a warrant for Edward Snowden’s arrest filing charges of espionage and theft of government property.
Currently Snowden is said to be in hiding in Hong Kong and while admitting to leaking highly classified data he believes that the U.S Government is collecting and using data that violates the 4th Amendment and therefore had a duty to disclose to the public what the U.S Government was doing.
President Barrak Obama yesterday announced that when he took office his two primary concerns were the protection of U.S citizens and upholding the constitution. The video below provides the full press conference.
One area of the President’s speech that clearly shows the U.S Government has an under-handed approach to personal data is when he refers to any investigation having to go through and be approved by FISA; which is as most people know a ‘secret’ court. In a recent article it was revealed that since 2008 FISA has presided over no less that 8,500 requests by Federal Authorities to allow them to monitor U.S citizens and only 2 have ever been denied.
During the final parts of the President’s speech he notes that there has to be trade-offs in the pursuit for safety with privacy. It is interesting to note what Benjamin Franklin once said about security and freedom and trading one for the other.
“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” Benjamin Franklin
The ever increasing intrusion into our personal and private affairs is fueled and driven under the shroud of ‘citizen protection’ which is mainly perceived to be from terrorists threats.
Since 9/11 the U.S Government has stepped up its ability to collate personal data on most of its population and as technology increases the information that CCTV, mobile devices and computers can provide the authorities is growing at an alarming rate.
In New York the NYPD now have a policy that every person arrested must undergo an iris scan before being released. This data is then provided to the FBI in order to create a database that will allow CCTV monitors to pick up and spy on any individual who has been entered into that database.
Cast your mind back to the Tom Cruise movie ‘Minority Report’ in which a national agency used technology to predict future crimes. According some reports Homeland Security are working on such a program that will allow them to monitor our behaviour with the sole intention of predicting what we are going to do in the future; notably in the pursuit of preventing a crime.
What is worrying is the level of pursuit and persecution the government will go to in charging and imprisoning anyone who attempts to speak out; or worse release information that the Government doesn’t want you to know about.
In January this year Reddit Co-Founder Aaron Swartz committed suicide after publishing millions of MIT documents online in which the U.S Justice Department then undertook a campaign of hounding Aaron with threats of 30 years’ incarceration. On the 13th January 2013 Aaron decided he couldn’t take anymore of the relentless persecution and therefore took his own life.
Aaron Swartz was a staunch advocate of free speech and openly admonished and campaigned against the U.S Government plans to control the content on the internet through SOPA and PIPA. Many of Aaron Swartz’s followers believed it was these activities that fueled the U.S Justice Department’s relentless pursuit and persecution.
The U.S Government is pursuing an agenda to remove more citizens rights at a blistering speed with Congress passing multiple laws including, but in no way restricted to, Patriot Act, FISA, NDAA and CISPA; but to mention just a few with little or no national debate.
How bad is the situation? That’s the $64 million question but consider this… Government is now passing laws that allow them to incarcerate its own citizens on suspicion of a terrorist related activity without proof and that individual can be held indefinitely without ever being brought before a federal judge or jury.
Government should be afraid of the people, not the other way around and yet increasingly people are becoming more and more concerned over what information the Government are collecting on its citizens and how this information is being disseminated in order control and even silence its citizens.
If you want to understand the full scope of how the U.S Government is spying on all of your communications and activities then watch the lead video in this article.
Do you think the U.S Government are destroying the Constitution with laws that allow them to spy and control its citizen or is all of this simply one big conspiracy theory? Please leave your comments below.