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News Archives 3821-3840
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3821 Pentagon & US State Department Launch Unhinged War On WikiLeaks 12/08/2010 09:24:51
3822 Fallibility Of DNA Evidence Exposed - AGAIN! 13/08/2010 14:48:07
3823 NVIC Launches New Volunteer Section Of Website! 13/08/2010 15:07:28
3824 After Avandia: Does The FDA Have A Drug Problem? 13/08/2010 15:14:17
3825 WHO Swine Flu 'Experts' Linked To Vaccine Producers 13/08/2010 15:19:31
3826 Doctors Kept In The Dark About Flu Vaccine Fiasco 13/08/2010 15:22:33
3827 How WikiLeaks Is Changing The Face Of Journalism 13/08/2010 15:39:49
3828 Journalism Warning Labels - Contents Not Verified 16/08/2010 09:18:32
3829 Call To Examine Drug Dealer Connections Of Australian Swine Flu 'Experts' 16/08/2010 09:22:46
3830 WikiLeaks Julian Assange On Amnesty International & The Wall Street Journal 16/08/2010 10:01:59
3831 WikiLeaks Refuses To Be Threatened By Pentagon 16/08/2010 10:05:02
3832 UK Government Scapegoating The Sick & Disabled 17/08/2010 10:56:48
3833 Diabetes Drugs Cause Increased Bone Fracture Risk 17/08/2010 11:00:04
3834 The Digital Surveillance State 17/08/2010 11:03:44
3835 Clueless Commentators Think That It's Possible To Stop WikiLeaks 17/08/2010 11:07:38
3836 Soldier Who Found Rocket Launcher At WikiLeaks Scene Says No Attack Was Being Planned 17/08/2010 11:10:08
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3838 XMRV Virus In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients Confirmed By US Government 18/08/2010 11:20:42
3839 Mother Launches Lawsuit Against Gardasil Vaccine Manufacturer 18/08/2010 11:23:36
3840 US Department Of Justice To Investigate Pharma Bribes Abroad 18/08/2010 11:25:49

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The Digital Surveillance State
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The digital surveillance state

08/16/2010

Cato Take a look at an excellent extended essay about surveillance in the USA, by Glenn Greenwald over at the Cato Institute. From the piece, two brief quotes to demonstrate the applicability to the debate we're having here:

there is no surveillance power too intrusive or unaccountable for our political class provided the word “terrorism” is invoked to “justify” those powers.

And

the Surveillance State already collects so much information about us, our activities and our communications — so indiscriminately and on such a vast scale — that it is increasingly difficult for it to detect any actual national security threats.

True for the States, and true here too. It's well worth reading the whole thing - it's a researched and scholarly piece. You'll be struck by a few facts - for example,

Every day, collection systems at the National Security Agency intercept and store 1.7 billion e-mails, phone calls and other types of communications.

One interesting coda. Greenwald talks about the fact that post-9/11 unlawful surveillance uncovered by the New York Times was "immunized" by Congress in 2008, and that "that same Congress twice legalized the bulk of the warrantless eavesdropping powers which The New York Times had exposed." As we well know here in the UK, we have had "warrantless" covert surveillance for some time - and it's been in the hands of local councils, to boot. A pledge by the Coalition to enact a warrant requirement has, as yet, not been realised.

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