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NSA Secrets

Author : The Washington Post
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The NSA's extensive surveillance program has riveted America as the public questions the threats to their privacy. As reported by The Washington Post, in their Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of whistleblower Edward Snowden's NSA leaks, NSA SECRETS delves into the shadowy world of information gathering, exposing how data about you is being gathered every day. From his earliest encrypted exchanges with reporters, Edward Snowden knew he was a man in danger. Sitting on a mountain of incriminating evidence about the NSA surveillance programs, Snowden was prepared to risk his freedom, and his very life, to let the world know about the perceived overreach of the NSA and the massive collection of personal information that was carried out in the name of national security by the U.S. government. The Washington Post’s complete coverage of the NSA spying scandal, which it helped break, is now collected in one place to give as comprehensive a view of the story as is known. From the first contact with Snowden to the latest revelations in worldwide cellphone tracking, the award-winning reporters at the Post have vigorously reported on the scope of the NSA’s surveillance. Snowden called the internet “a TV that watches you,” and accused the government of "abusing [it] in secret to extend their powers beyond what is necessary and appropriate." Here, the secrets are revealed of those who tried in vain to remain in the shadows.

Beyond Snowden

Author : Timothy H. Edgar
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Safeguarding Our Privacy and Our Values in an Age of Mass Surveillance America’s mass surveillance programs, once secret, can no longer be ignored. While Edward Snowden began the process in 2013 with his leaks of top secret documents, the Obama administration’s own reforms have also helped bring the National Security Agency and its programs of signals intelligence collection out of the shadows. The real question is: What should we do about mass surveillance? Timothy Edgar, a long-time civil liberties activist who worked inside the intelligence community for six years during the Bush and Obama administrations, believes that the NSA’s programs are profound threat to the privacy of everyone in the world. At the same time, he argues that mass surveillance programs can be made consistent with democratic values, if we make the hard choices needed to bring transparency, accountability, privacy, and human rights protections into complex programs of intelligence collection. Although the NSA and other agencies already comply with rules intended to prevent them from spying on Americans, Edgar argues that the rules—most of which date from the 1970s—are inadequate for this century. Reforms adopted during the Obama administration are a good first step but, in his view, do not go nearly far enough. Edgar argues that our communications today—and the national security threats we face—are both global and digital. In the twenty first century, the only way to protect our privacy as Americans is to do a better job of protecting everyone’s privacy. Beyond Surveillance: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSA explains both why and how we can do this, without sacrificing the vital intelligence capabilities we need to keep ourselves and our allies safe. If we do, we set a positive example for other nations that must confront challenges like terrorism while preserving human rights. The United States already leads the world in mass surveillance. It can lead the world in mass surveillance reform.

Domestic Surveillance

Author : Tamara Thompson
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Readers explore the worth of domestic surveillance and how it impacts the country. This volume also looks at the ethics of the National Security Agency as well as whether or not domestic surveillance needs more oversight. Fifteen different essays provide debate on both sides of every issues, allowing readers to sharpen their critical thinking skills.

Mass Government Surveillance

Author : Andrew Coddington
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The Patriot Act, which was passed shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, has allowed the government to monitor communication by phone, email, or social media, to access credit and bank reports, or to track activity on the internet. This book examines the new methods used by the government to spy on citizens, the reasons it became necessary, and the tradeoffs between increased safety and a loss of privacy, and the moral arguments for and against these tradeoffs.

Constitutionality and Legality of National Security Agency Surveillance Program

Author : Bradley L. Brandt
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"Recently, the top-secret surveillance programs of the National Security Agency (NSA) has again brought the constitutional protections of the Fourth Amendment to the forefront of national debate. At the heart is the battle between protecting civil liberties while enhancing the security of the United States against foreign and domestic enemies, particularly terrorists. Fueling that battle are different perspectives of what constitutes privacy and what limitations, if any, should be placed on the government's collection capabilities. Currently, there is no amendment or law forbidding the surveillance of foreign governments, institutions or individuals. However, the constitutionality of NSA surveillance programs collecting on American citizens associated with our enemies comes into question. Despite the bad press the NSA has received lately, the surveillance programs do not violate the principles or intent of the Fourth Amendment, however, the United States government needs to introduce more transparency to quell its critics and provide peace of mind to Americans."--Introduction.

NSA Secrets

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The NSA's extensive surveillance program has riveted America as the public questions the threats to their privacy. As reported by The Washington Post, in their Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of whistleblower Edward Snowden's NSA leaks, NSA SECRETS delves into the shadowy world of information gathering, exposing how data about you is being gathered every day. From his earliest encrypted exchanges with reporters, Edward Snowden knew he was a man in danger. Sitting on a mountain of incriminating evidence about the NSA surveillance programs, Snowden was prepared to risk his freedom, and his very life, to let the world know about the perceived overreach of the NSA and the massive collection of personal information that was carried out in the name of national security by the U.S. government. The Washington Post's complete coverage of the NSA spying scandal, which it helped break, is now collected in one place to give as comprehensive a view of the story as is known. From the first contact with Snowden to the latest revelations in worldwide cellphone tracking, the award-winning reporters at the Post have vigorously reported on the scope of the NSA's surveillance. Snowden called the internet "a TV that watches you," and accused the government of "abusing [it] in secret to extend their powers beyond what is necessary and appropriate." Here, the secrets are revealed of those who tried in vain to remain in the shadows.

Strengthening Privacy Rights and National Security

Author : Committee on the Judiciary United States
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In the years since September 11th, Congress has repeatedly expanded the scope of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and has given the Government sweeping new powers to collect information on law-abiding Americans. Americans have learned that one of these authorities-Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act-has for years been secretly interpreted to authorize the collection of Americans' phone records on an unprecedented scale. Information has also been leaked about Section 702 of FISA, which authorizes the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect the communications of foreigners overseas. In the wake of these leaks, President Obama said that this is an opportunity to have an open and thoughtful debate about these issues. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has acknowledged that he provided false testimony about the NSA surveillance programs during a Senate hearing. It is far too difficult to get a straight answer about the effectiveness of the Section 215 phone records program. Whether this program is a critical national security tool is a key question for Congress as it considers possible changes to the law. The bulk collection program has massive privacy implications. The phone records of every American resides in an NSA database. It has been reported that the bulk collection of Internet metadata was shut down because it failed to produce meaningful intelligence. We need to take an equally close look at the phone records program. If this program is not effective, it has to end.

Edward Snowden

Author : Gerry Boehme
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Edward Snowden worked as a subcontractor for the National Security Agency collecting information culled by domestic surveillance programs. Disturbed by the spying on US citizens, he fled to China and leaked classified documents that were published in newspapers. Living now in Russia and the subject of a 2016 film titled Snowden, he has been charged with violations of the Espionage Act. This book examines the ways the NSA spied on citizens, the moral arguments for doing so, and presents arguments about why Snowden is a hero and a traitor.

Edward Snowden Nsa Whistle Blower

Author : Melissa Higgins
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This biography examines the life of Edward Snowden using easy-to-read, compelling text. Through striking contemporary photographs and informative sidebars, readers will learn about Snowden's early life, education, and experiences as a government whistleblower. Informative sidebars enhance and support the text. Features include a table of contents, timeline, facts page, glossary, bibliography, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

The Snowden Reader

Author : David P. Fidler
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When Edward Snowden began leaking NSA documents in June 2013, his actions sparked impassioned debates about electronic surveillance, national security, and privacy in the digital age. The Snowden Reader looks at Snowden’s disclosures and their aftermath. Critical analyses by experts discuss the historical, political, legal, and ethical issues raised by the disclosures. Over forty key documents related to the case are included, with introductory notes explaining their significance: documents leaked by Snowden; responses from the NSA, the Obama administration, and Congress; statements by foreign leaders, their governments, and international organizations; judicial rulings; findings of review committees; and Snowden’s own statements. This book provides a valuable introduction and overview for anyone who wants to go beyond the headlines to understand this historic episode.