English 2.28 - Intro .docx

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54% of American citizens disapprove of the US government’s current collection of telephone and Internet data as a part of anti-terrorism efforts, so why isn’t anything changing? The extent of United States government surveillance was only recently revealed in 2013 by Edward Snowden, a former intelligence analyst for the National Security Agency. Today, the United states continues to monitor its citizens and those non-citizens who live in the country without their consent. Surveillance has long been used by governments to collect data about its citizens to help intercept possible threats. The United States has been collecting information about its citizens’ telephone calls since 1878, just two years after the telephone was invented (Agur, p. 42, 2013). As technology grew, so did surveillance. The US government today has technology that can collect information about phone calls, intercept emails, and view photos. This data allows the
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