In the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act gave the U.S. president broad powers to combat terrorism. Using these powers and those he claimed were inherent presidential powers under Article II of the U.S. Constitution as the commander-in-chief, President George W. Bush issued an executive order authorizing the National Security Administration (NSA) to launch a program it called the Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP) in an attempt to prevent more terrorist attacks on the United States.
Take some time to research the NSA TSP Program, and the PATRIOT Act. With this information along with the materials in the e-text and required resources please answer the following:
Was the NSA’s Terrorist Surveillance Program conducted illegally?
Does the NSA’s program go to far?
Or is it all necessary and legal?
And what about President Obama’s use of NSA to retrieve the data (without reading the actual material) from American’s phone use through the providers?
Was there a legitimate national security interest in tracking these calls?
Or was this an invasion of our privacy?
Be sure to support your position with a very detailed explanation or a source citation.