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It's not often that you get to witness the birth of a new philosophy. However, according to the UK Home Office, a new philosophy is at the heart of their new Surveillance Camera Code of Practice, published this month, and currently subject to a badly publicized consultation process. The name of this new philosophy? Surveillance by Consent. An extended version of this piece is available on the No CCTV website . Of course, the term is not really new, nor is it a philosophy.
The NSA warrantless surveillance controversy (AKA "Warrantless Wiretapping") concerns surveillance of persons within the United States during the collection of foreign intelligence by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) as part of the war on terror . Under this program, referred to by the Bush administration as the " terrorist surveillance program ", [ 1 ] part of the broader President's Surveillance Program , the NSA was authorized by executive order to monitor, without search warrants , the phone calls , Internet activity (Web, e-mail , etc.), text messaging , and other communication involving any party believed by the NSA to be outside the U.S., even if the other end of the communication lies within the U.S.