The process of the NSA implementing their domestic surveillance by using their PRISM surveillance program through Google searches directly effects the American people, and thus merits the right of the American people that should know about this because:
1. Learning how the NSA operates can enable the public and legislators to see flaws in an already established system regarding privacy and security issues.
2. Can cause awareness between the public and government officials that, its maybe time for reform.
3. The inner-workings of the NSA PRISM program can help illustrate how information gathering on the American public has been done for over the past decade.
4. Disclosure of such information about the NSA, could lead the NSA in the future to be less likely able to, or compiled to, cause or be involved in false positives.
5. Disclosure and understanding of this information about the NSA’s leaks, will help in the starting process of healing the broken trust and resentment the American people share towards this governmental agency and also it’s counterparts.
1. “The greatest effect has been that erosion of trust, and this has manifested itself in a number of ways, ranging from the closing down of businesses to at least one bizarre spectacle.”
Devine asserts that this is one of the most damaging effects, the NSA leaks has on our society (Devine, 2013).
2. “In 2013, the agency’s mathematical sciences program offered more than US$3.3 million in research grants.”
Finkbeiner reports, that the NSA supports constant research all over the USA in order to propel their intelligence gathering programs, like PRISM (Finkbeiner, 2013).
3. “A privacy consultant hired by the American Bankers Association estimates that more than 50% of the financial institutions take inadequate steps to prevent fraud”.
This staggering data that was collected from quite a reputable source provided and illustrated by Mr. Mckim in the article proves that privacy is a major issue in America, no matter the form it takes (Mckim, 2001).