Media outlets have been abuzz for the past few weeks, scandalizing the revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) has vast records, even on Americans. The question of security versus surveillance has provided much room for debate, even inviting comparisons to oppressive regimes. Perhaps even more heavily, the popular media is fascinated by the Edward Snowden, the Booz Allen contractor responsible for the leaks.
In engaging in such pervasive surveillance, the government is overstepping its bounds. While the actions of these agencies are likely legal, they are not necessarily appropriate. President Obama and other officials have repeatedly insisted that these actions are not made explicitly illegal by the word of law. Rather, they have been sanctioned by all branches of the federal government. Is this enough? Continue reading “Looking into the Prism: Surveillance, Secrecy, and Snowden”