USA National Security

// Posted by on 02/21/2014 (11:49 PM)

At the first moment, I would dare to think that USA government might be exaggerating its actions of the great surveillance of the Internet under the argument of protecting their citizen’s security. However, I might be watching the situation only from my citizen position. If I start thinking from USA position as a State, its actions might be understandable till certain extent, even if it implies to seek an enemy everywhere. First of all, NSA’s mission is already stipulated (as it is shown in its website): this organization will be in charge of protecting “America’s vital national security information”, whatever it takes. Besides, it is stated in the 4th Amendment of the Constitution that “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”. Emphasizing the part of “but upon probable cause”, actions carried on by Snowden and Assange are totally a reason to “violate their right to be secure”, as the State is acting supported by “reasonable searches”.
Of course that, from our citizen position, NSA’s interference is definitely against the moral and our right to privacy. However there have to be limits on what is published in the Internet and what is not. For example, according to an article by Glenn Greenwald, it was said that, among all of the documents disclosed by WikiLeaks, there were some that could uncover USA military plans in the Middle East. In this case, seek for national security is well supported. Let’s take into account that the State is acting to preserve itself, if we analyze the situation from a realist position, where power is the only thing that matters. In that case, WikiLeaks does represent a threat for USA national security, even if that was not their promoters’ intention, as, maybe, they just wanted let Americans get notice of the invasive actions of their government.
Despite of everything, I consider that Assange and Snowden were very brave by challenging USA government and its agencies, even when they knew these were really powerful. By that reason, I don’t think I would dare to do something like that, also because I wouldn’t have the courage to leave my family and friends due to my exile from the country (and not knowing if I will ever come back).

Karina Cantú
Tec de Monterrey

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