Government Surveillance of American Citizens

Contributed by Christel Lefort

Since the attacks of September 11, National Security has been a priority for the US government. Much effort, time and money has been spent in the interest of National Security. Many organizations and departments of the government are involved in national security measures and many committees have been formed. To add to this, many laws and acts have been put into place to allow the government to use electronic and technological surveillance in order to stay on top of what the terrorists are up to. This paper is not a political paper but some political background, including laws, is necessary to give perspective. The intent of this paper is to talk about the types of technology that are in use and the legal framework that supports this.

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