It would be nice if the NSA were only tracking out-of-country calls going to Iraq, but the truth is that the NSA is spying on all of us, even this post, on this site. By spying on everything we do online, including taking all the data records of all the people's health care, jobs, downloads, and even searches, the NSA is violating the constitution looking for something that is three times less likely to happen than getting struck by lightning, even factoring in 9/11 and all the prevented attacks. You know the movie captain America: the winter soldier? It's actually closer to the truth than you may think, as the president has the power now to ORDER DRONE STRIKES ON PEOPLE SUSPECTED OF TERRORISM based on the information gathered online. Even scarier: the U.S has used this power on people who turned out to be innocent. (P.S: The movie captain America is not the proof I used, it was just an analogy, so if anyone wants to say I'm brainwashed by movies, just try.) You can have your own opinion, but I see no benefit in giving government officials more power because we are afraid, the very thing terrorism is trying to accomplish, and they're doing a very good job of making people scared.Wake up. See the trick.
The NSA surveillance is harming us by making us feel spied upon. It is making us feel that we are losing control of our country. It also makes us feel that we have no say in what goes on in our country and that the government will do whatever it wants.
In more ways than one, NSA surveillance is harming the American public. Most people are outraged that these snooping programs exist, as they should be. There's no reason the NSA should be spying on American citizens. The agency can easily use this data to crush freedom of speech and target completely innocent citizens in various ways.
I do think that the NSA surveillance is harming us because we have no privacy. It makes people paranoid. I think that it hurts us psychologically, not physically. People are losing their faith and trust in other people and their own government. I think the NSA has a lot to do with that.
We have no way of knowing what the NSA is finding out from spying on us or how they will use what they find. So it seems harmful, but this is just a theory right now. It is more of a harm that might be sprung on us at some time in the future.
Yes, the surveillance of the NSA is harming the United States. It is causing distrust in the U. S. Government. In addition, it is a gross violation of citizens' right to privacy. If that were not enough, the keeping of such a large database of citizens' information is just inviting hackers to hack it and procure that information for ill.
The way that NSA surveillance is being conducted is harming us to the very core.One of the most basic tenets of the American way is the right to a type of privacy.If our very government is spying on us at all times then we can't really be sure about who else is spying on us .
1.Politicians in Europe are especially outraged. Citizens are angry with the US and losing faith in American brand names. Foreign companies are already using their non-American status as a competitive advantage. Some plan to redesign networks specifically to bypass U.S. Companies. The NSA continues to spy on Europe despite the fact they are aware of it, and the spying could result in multibillion euro consequences for American companies because of weakened trade relations. NSA is also eavesdropping on 34 other foreign leaders as well.
2.Revelations of the extent of U.S. Spying on its European allies is also threatening to undermine one of President Obama's top trans-Atlantic goals: a sweeping free-trade agreement that would add an estimated $138 billion (100 billion euros) a year to each economy's GDP.
A growing number of European officials are calling for the suspension of the "Safe Harbor" data-sharing agreement, which is vital to more than 4,200 American companies doing business in Europe, including Apple, Google, Face book, Microsoft, and Amazon. All these companies including internet companies operate globally. They get revenue from China, Japan, Russia, Germany, France and everywhere else. Angering foreign countries will badly affect these companies, and the people who work for them.
3.For the Internet companies named in reports on NSA surveillance, their bottom line is at risk because European markets are crucial for them. For example, Facebook has about 261 million active monthly European users, compared with about 195 million in the U.S. And Canada, and 22% of Apple’s net income came from Europe in the first quarter of 2013.
4.GM is an American multinational holding corporation that produces vehicles in over 37 countries, and has over 13 car companies under its branch including Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, and Pontiac. This multi company has already awe most gone bankrupt recently do to major trouble in Europe, if trade relations worsen it will make the problem even worse for this multi company including others having trouble in Europe such as Ford, Suzuki, and Toyota, even though Toyota only has about 10% of their total sales in Europe they need this % badly because of their major decrease in sales since 2012.
5.Leonid Barshefsky states “The infrastructure set up by the NSA however, may only be good for gathering information on the dumbest, weakest, and lowest-ranking terrorists. The Prism surveillance program focuses on America’s largest Internet companies such as, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and I Cloud. These are not the services that truly dangerous terrorist use. It would be funny to see a terrorist make an instagram full of pictures, and selfies from recent terrorist missions, and would make the job of finding them a lot easier, but dangerous terrorist aren’t stupid.”
People seem to forget that there are Americans and other westerners that join al qaeda. The group has members all over the globe. The NSA only analyzes data of people that are in contact with known terrorists. Then they inform the FBI of the phone number of that person. They do not listen to the calls of the US citizen. Why would the government waste time and MONEY looking at some random persons texts? The persons name isn't even shown, only the phone number. And as for PRISM, they looked at internet activity with probable cause and a court order . These policies do not harm us in any way. These policies COULD have prevented 9/11, because terrorists from Yemen were in contact with some of the hijackers that were staying in America before the attacks.