History Of NSA – Book Report/Review Example
History of NSA Introduction The NSA surveillance controversy which was locally known as ‘warrantless wiretapping’ majorly concerns the surveillance of persons within United States of America during the time of collection of allegedly foreign intelligence by the NSA. This was as part of touted terror war. Under this program that was part of the major President’s surveillance program, by executive order, NSA was authorized to monitor, without any search warrants, all the phone calls, text messaging. Additionally, they were to monitor all internet activities as well as any other communications, which involved any party that believed to be outside U.S.
Harvard Law School NS Journal
A PHD student, Austen D. from King’s college London, write in the National Security Journal about the NSA Surveillance and I do find him credible as he contributes to ways in which the ‘ratchet effect’ which aired many controversies regarding the NSA strategy of data-mining of all domestic call records in America. Austen explains how this ratchet effect will have a great impact on the anti-terrorism laws, of which it will be more difficult to scale back.
He continues to explain that the ratchet effect tends to be a unidirectional change in a legal variable of which may become entrenched as time goes by. He also goes ahead giving an example that he finds consistent with the controversial ratchet effect to other papers that argued that anti-terrorism laws seem to erode the civil liberties and establishing new baselines of legal normalcy of which even further measures that seem to be extraordinary may spring in the future crisis. I strongly agree that both of these suggest stickiness to the laws concerning anti-terrorism of which will ultimately be harder scaling back to their original provisions (Austen, 2013).
Despite his contributions, I did not agree with Austen when he was not in a position to prove or disapprove that the recent NSA surveillance controversy did illustrate the ratchet effect. Furthermore, he strongly pressed on how the ratchet effect may affect the anti-terrorism laws ignoring the fact that the ratchet effect may influence the laws but the impact may not be as bad as he considers it.
This article would be imperative to those who are in the law enforcement because even when the future anti-terrorism laws may change, Scholars can benefit in exploring how these anti-terrorism laws evolved and took shape.
Austen D. The NSA Surveillance Controversy: How the Ratchet Effect Can Impact Anti- Terrorism Laws, Harvard law School, NS Journal 4 on July 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm