The cache of documents revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed that the U.S. used surveillance methods to monitor the emails and phone calls of its closest foreign allies including Germany, France and Brazil. The revelations have severely damaged the U.S.'s relationship with these countries even though State Department officials have insisted that these surveillance programs have thwarted many terrorist threats worldwide.
Yes, however limit the access which the USA has into certain governments with consent given. However, if there is a potential threat to National Security detected, then the NSA should be given free rein to investigate the threat.
Yes, however limit the access which the USA has into certain governments with consent given. However if there is a potential threat to National Security detected, then the NSA should be given free reign to investigate the threat.
The NSA should of course only be used for good. If we can't use it for good, then we shouldn't use it, but we unfortunately cannot trust the NSA to always do that even if they plan on it. This is the reality we live in.
Observational data collected at the NSA needs to be accessible for the relevant Departments for real time applications. Secondarily it must be preserved for declassification later; providing invaluable access to researchers in the future who will utilize data to find more accurate generalizations and valuable data points.
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