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Master of Arts (MA)
Weir, Sara J.
Neem, Johann N.
The theory of a National Surveillance State, as provided by Balkin and Levinson, provides a broad framework for understanding the increased use and implications of electronic surveillance by the United States government. This thesis traces the development of electronic surveillance in the United States and evaluates how certain provisions of the Patriot Act have reduced privacy rights and have empowered the Executive branch with greater authority. As established by the theory of a National Surveillance State, the need for electronic surveillance is evident, yet it should be conducted within the context of constitutional protections of individual rights and political checks and balances.
Western Washington University
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Rubio, Brett, "Defining the contours of the national surveillance state: analyzing the development of electronic surveillance" (2011). WWU Masters Thesis Collection. 172.