Oh, what a tangled web they’ve weaved….
Posted on June 20th, 2013

Michelle Alexander

The Government of the USA has been rocked by the allegations made by Mr. Edward Snowdon on the practices of the NSA. As the saga continues, more political and diplomatic embarrassments appear to be in the pipeline. However, putting aside the ongoing revelations and whether or not Mr. Snowdon is a traitor, this saga underlines deeper issues.

  • The actions of Mr. Snowdon reveal a major lapse in security as the fundamental principal is authorized intelligence officers should have access only to the material they need to do their jobs.
  • Was an in-depth background check carried out on Mr. Snowdon before he was hired?
  • Was there a level of complacency in the security systems and protocols by the NSA, which would have allowed Mr. Snowdon to work within the system without being noticed?
  • Would the NSA have knowledge of major crimes that have taken place both locally and internationally? If that is so and details have not been passed on to the relevant agencies, wouldn’t that make the NSA complicit in these crimes
  • Has the program really been successful?  It was reported that this program helped prevent several terror threats, yet it did not prevent the Boston Marathon bombing.
  • Would other parties now be able to hack into the system and obtain information relating to the general public in order to use it against them
  • Did the NSA consider the ramifications pertaining to relations with other countries should such a breach happen.

The coming weeks and months will reveal the true extent of the political and diplomatic damage caused by these revelations. For us regular Jane’s and Joe’s, how can we protect our privacy? maybe we should go back to the good old days of sending letters!

One Response to “Oh, what a tangled web they’ve weaved….”

  1. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    At the start of the cold war between the US and the Soviet Union outside of the US military might and economic powerhouse her basic ideology that justified many wars was her Democratic principals especially the freedom to the right to speech, the freedom of the right to privacy and the ending words of the Gettysburg Address made by President Abraham Lincoln ” a government for the people, by the people and to the people” is now reversed in favor of the government. What Mr. Edward Snowdon did was to expose the duplicity of the US government by exposing PRISM which spies on her citizens who elected most of these government officials, and spied on the world thereby making a mockery of the Constitution and the values held in the Gettysburg address. When a leader loses his integrity it also loses those he leads for they will not trust such a leader. The US through PRISM lost all of her integrity as a nation that uphold the lofty ideals of Democracy. China and Russia never claimed such lofty ideals and their rise to power was the use of power at the expense of their people. Unlike the US they have nothing to lose. The exposer of PRISM is a massive diplomatic victory for China and Russian and and equal disaster for the US

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