The National Security Agency (NSA) is a branch of the government responsible for monitoring the public for potential risks. Although intelligence departments are nothing new, the NSA expanded its description following September 11, 2001. One key issue for the public is how much power the NSA should be allowed to have. New factors that have impacted the NSA are the invention of the internet and the use of cellular phones. In the past, there were laws that prohibited wiretaps and the NSA challenges those for the sake of national security. The NSA is newsworthy due to ongoing discussions about how to help the NSA become compliant with the Freedom of Information Act.