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Countries take action against NSA article analysis

The article I have chosen to analyze is about countries governments and companies start to take legal action against organizations such as the NSA (National Security Agency) for the illegal surveillance and “wire-tapping” scandal that was exposed by Edward Snowden. The article’s focus is not specifically on the scandal itself but the way in which people are reaction to it and its broader moral implications.

The advantages of the surveillance and “wire-tapping” by government’s security agencies include the possibility of exposing threats to a countries people. For instance exposing terrorist or un-authorized government cells operating in a country can be found and dismantled and attacks prevented. Another possible positive aspect is the ability to  locate people should they go missing or be needed by the police/government.

One disadvantage of the surveillance is that once other governments and their people realized they were under threat of being illegally monitored they began to take legal action against the governments these security agencies represent. For example as can be seen in the excerpt, companies are starting to take action against the NSA for possible breach of Privacy, violation of law, and theft of Intellectual Property.

The main impact of this is worsening relations between countries/continents due to the fear of being “spied on” by one another. This has already been seen when later in the article it discusses the action taken against the NSA by the Swiss government.

Another disadvantage is people no longer trusting their governments. This issue is lightly touched upon in the article but it creates a strong possible moral argument against illegal surveillance. In certain western countries for example, certain groups have emerged after learning of the illegal inelegance gathering techniques and have stated that they no longer feel that they can trust their government. This creates a moral divide between a people and their elected government, which raises fear of riots, protests and civil unrest.

Both the arguments for and against the surveillance techniques used by the NSA, Prism and other agencies have been explained above. There is a strong moral and ethical dilemma when the discussion of privacy comes into debate. One side shows that there are many aspects of intelligence that these methods could provide that may save lives, on the other side however, people have a basic need to trust their government.

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