Through our posts we strive to explore the relationship between National security and the freedom of individuals. We intend to explore through the eyes of the individual and through the eyes of the state, while also connecting on a global level. The NSA states on their website That “through carrying out its missions, [it] helps save lives, defend vital networks, and advance our Nation’s goals and alliances, while strictly protecting privacy rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and laws,” pertaining to intelligence. While the NSA is first to come to mind when Americans think national security, national security is an umbrella under which fall other facets, including: economic security, monetary security, energy security, environmental security, military security, political security, and security of natural resources.
Since 9/11, Americans have become not only more concerned, but more aware of their own perceptions of national security and how it affects their daily lives.
George Orwell’s book 1984 was published in 1949, yet it deals with issues of national security that we find very applicable to today. The term “Big Brother” arose from this book as a symbol of the government watching every action that you commit. Even thought and speech is something the government of this novel tries to monitor and regulate. Nowadays in the United States we have the NSA, which is the National Security Agency, and some people feel like it is, indeed, Big Brother.