In the wake of released documents detailing the extensive surveillance the NSA has been conducing this past summer by Edward Snowden, the United States has begun to have a little talk about surveillance and privacy. I think we all have an idea that Big Brother is watching us but now, we actually know that Big Brother is watching us – two different things.
A similar logic is taken with the most recent developments regarding the United States spying on other nations. Evidence of said spying and assumption of said spying are again, two different things.
They say, “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” which is why Spain, Germany, France and Brazil, among others, are a little bit upset with the Obama administration. Or maybe it’s all just a big misunderstanding. Time and time again, intelligence officials have assured the American people, and now the global community, that we’re not listening to what is being said, but instead just keeping track of who is being contact and when.
I suppose the million-dollar question is how much surveillance is too much? So maybe the question we should be asking is not whom are we spying on, but who aren’t we spying on? Iceland? Luxembourg? Cambodia? I couldn’t tell you for sure.
What are your opinions on the expansive surveillance conducted by the NSA? Should the NSA be more transparent or does it warrant itself to be a clandestine operation?