In 2005, government contractor, Edward J. Snowden, leaked classified documents to the public, revealing a classified government surveillance program headed by our own National Security Agency. This leakage confirmed that the NSA has stolen trillions of U.S. citizens’ emails, phone calls, and other information from both the Internet and our phones. It is understood that the collection and analysis of all information is part of the NSA’s mission to keep the United States safe, however, it’s troubling that our own government has to sneak around us. Regardless of whether or not U.S. citizens’ are committing illegal crimes, we should be concerned that the government and NSA steal our private information without our consent. As the government continues to violate our constitutional rights, normal Americans second-guess the freedoms they were once guaranteed. When information about the National Security Agency surfaced to the media, Americans found out that certain constitutional protections were broken. With the government’s initial intrusion upon our privacy, our fourth amendment rights were violated. Because U.S. citizens’ information was unlawfully stolen, the NSA disregarded our fourth Amendment rights, which states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”(AMENDMENT IV). Because normal U.S. citizens’ information was stolen without reason or consent, the NSA disregarded our fourth Amendment rights to privacy. Though the NSA claims to have not analyzed the content of our data, “it is illegal for the government, without a warrant, to seize your text messages even if it is never read; to record your phone call even if it never listens to it; or to videotape your bedroom...
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