The government has been keeping an eye on society for decades. People from many generations have been recorded and documented ranging from men and women in power like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, to terrorist like Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, Muammar Gaddafi to entertainers like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G to your everyday citizen like me and you. No I’m not comparing hip hop legends to terrorist and African American leaders, I’m just stating the fact that everyone is watched. One of the ways the government keeps track of people in society today is by PRISM.
What is PRISM you ask? According to the reading, the term “is a tool used by the US National Security Agency (NSA) to collect private electronic data belonging to users of major internet services like Gmail, Facebook, Outlook, and others. It’s the latest evolution of the US government’s post-9/11 electronic surveillance efforts, which began under President Bush with the Patriot Act, and expanded to include the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) enacted in 2006 and 2007.” (T.C. Sottek and Joshua Kopstein) this idea allows the NSA (National Security Agency) to retrieve information from major email/ social media companies Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, Apple and Gmail to name a few.
I just found out the other day that Google has a tracker that can show where you’ve been in the last 30 days. The device is called (Location history.) The tracker design can be found under maps on Googles main page. How is this possible? We have tracking devices in our cell phones which is planted and programmed by our service provider which is provided by our every move. We also have a device called (on star which is located in our vehicles) that’s used by the government to watch your location. When you think about it, surveillance by the government is dangerous and suffocating. But let me explain why this is a good/bad thing. Imagine taking your family on a road trip and you catch a flat tire in the middle of nowhere. With on star services, you are one click away from being found, helped and protected. You’ve been happily married for a few years but you are starting to have your doubts about your significant other. You can pull up their information by using Gmail’s tracking system which goes in to great detail. I know a girl that hacked into her boyfriend’s phone from her personal computer. She suspected him of cheating. She called his phone numerous times and he wouldn’t answer. At one point, he turned his phone off. Because he had a Gmail account, she was able to power his phone back on. He was so scared; he had no choice but to answer.
There is a whole lot wrong with big brother always watching. Don’t get me wrong, people have been getting spied on for decades.Is it really for our safety? I don’t think so! Just last week, the (NSA) was able to track down an Ohio man who was eying the white house. They were able to see in great detail his plan to buy ammunition and heavy artillery. They even went so far to track the owner of the gun shop the criminal was going to buy his weapons from. As soon as he walked in the door he was arrested. This was all made possible by (PRISM). My views on this matter are for/against government surveillance to an extent. But what about those motion censored cameras that follow you around at the liquor store? Racially profiled! False accusations! I can go on and on about this topic. I understand we all grew up differently, in different societies ect.. We all have different experiences.What do you think? Can it be a little over bearing at times? Would you feel safe without big brother watching your every move?
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