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|Photo of NSA building by nsa.gov|
According to CNBC you can find 87% of the population with only a zip code, a birthplace and gender. The NSA has worked out deals with data companies and social networks for a back door into everyones profile, or cellular device. Some companies truly try to keep your information safe, while others profit from selling your information to the NSA. According to Dr. Etzioni a Professor at The University of California at Berkley these companies include Facebook, Gmail, Verizon and many more. They take this information they have found in emails, profiles, and texts to put together files of whom you speak to and are in contact with. These files are used to monitor and oversee who works with questionable contacts overseas. The government has a black budget that goes to the NSA and CIA and other intelligence based organizations. With the NSA’s portion of the budget they have upgraded staff, facilities and equipment over the past few years.
The NSA is not all bad though. They are working overseas to keep our homeland safe. The NSA has worked tirelessly over the past few years with the JSOC or Joint Special Operations Command, to find and kill terrorists in Iraq. Both the NSA and the JSOC have worked together for the USA’s assassination program. Over the past few year the NSA and the JSOC have found, located, and killed 100’s of people working to destroy our homeland. The NSA would intercept electronic signals or phone calls, give them to the JSOC and walk away. A senior command officer from the JSOC said “ We had a field day”(Business Insider) because the NSA was taking all the phone calls from the iraqi people.
The NSA is working to keep it’s homeland safe. With the their new facility in Utah they have the capacity to store as much information as they want. According to Philip Bump a writer for Yahoo news we just don’t know how much the NSA receives in a budget and how much they spend. The NSA does work with the JSOC to stop terrorism but if they are willing to intercept everyones phone calls in a distant foreign nation, what will stop them from intercepting all of our phone calls. The NSA was created in a time when security was simpler and physical. Now that the world has become digital the NSA must change as well, and sometimes change is not for the best. The NSA is designed to protect us, however they need to keep us safe while still preserving the rights of the people they defend.
Updated: November 14, 2013
I now know what the NSA does to protect me. This blog project has really opened my eyes to see past the simple layer of what the government tells me and to look deeper and find what the truth really is. I am left with a few moral questions about the choices with my government, however I do see the reasoning for most of the choices they make. While I do know that the government is here to keep me safe I now because of this project know that I have to constantly search about who can I trust, weather its a politician or a simple online site. The biggest surprise to me during the whole blog project was that social network site will sell your information to other companies and make huge profits off this. The light beam software really caught my attention because of how many people will look at what I search after just a few searches on the internet regardless of cause weather for school or for fun. In the future I plan on using these skills I have learned in this class to make designs about who to trust and who to vote for.