Recent National Security Agency (NSA) leaks reveal that the United States intelligence organization collected hundreds of millions of personal email contact lists globally and secretly taped phone calls made in France. The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius “immediately” summoned the US ambassador on Monday after the leaks were made public by local newspaper La Monde.
The NSA has been severely criticized for its unwarranted mass data mining ever since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on surveillance programs spying at home and abroad, such as PRISM, Boundless Informant and XKeyscore. Obama’s administration came under national and international criticism for violating constitutional rights, invasion of privacy and the sovereignty of foreign countries.
However, despite frequent snooping leaks and reports by Snowden, there isn’t much that has been done to hold the NSA accountable.
On Sunday, it was reported that the NSA spied on the Mexican President for years by breaking into his email account. In June, Snowden revealed the NSA actively monitoredLondon G20 summit in 2009. In September, the intelligence agency was accused of spyingon Brazil's biggest oil company, Petrobras.
These were just “some” of the “many” secret NSA documents disclosed by Snowden. They keep on emerging in the news in different publications. Journalists and news organizations are lauded for their contributions for uncovering secret NSA snooping programs. However, no effective legal measures have been taken to curb the main problem, that is, data mining.
While the leaks are important, it is essential that the NSA should be held accountable for its breach of global privacy.
Will the Obama administration ever address the violation of fundamental rights of American citizens under its rule?
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