Many Americans were not surprised by recent revelations, based on documents taken by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, that the NSA is spying on them. The widespread use of undercover agents, informants, and surveillance in Muslim-American communities has been well publicized.
In the months after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush authorized eavesdropping on domestic telephone, Internet, and e-mail communications of Americans and others inside the US without court approval.
Information about Bush’s “Terrorist Surveillance Program” was leaked to USAToday and The New York Times in 2006. Americans learned that telecommunications companies, including AT&T, MCI, Sprint, Verizon, and BellSouth, were handing over to the NSA personal and business phone records for tens of millions of Americans.
Under US law, the NSA cannot legally target US citizens — although the agency has done precisely that and has been rebuked by federal judges for doing so.
The program was criticized and challenged as illegal because the NSA had not obtained warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court. Bush’s program was discontinued in 2007.
According to a stunning series of reports, first published on June 5 by The Guardian, The Washington Post, and other media outlets, under President Barack Obama the NSA has continued collecting the phone records of millions of Americans.
A top-secret court order issued on Apr. 25, 2013, also released by Snowden, required Verizon, on an “ongoing, daily basis,” to give the NSA
information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.
In Uganda, some people are being spied on too by security agencies. Unfortunately, most of these are innocent, but sometimes govt of Uganda uses such info to concoct charges against them.
What is the best way to structure a spying agency in a developing country such as Uganda?
How do we protect innocent Ugandans from falling victim of security agents that concoct charges against them, mainly with the sole purpose of pleasing president Museveni?