Sunday, December 16, 2007

"The Surveillance State"

Glenn Greenwald on the nature of the US spying on its own citizens.

Let's be clear, here, since many people, especially Republicans, continue to spout the Administration talking point that it is only foreigners (i.e., "potential terrorists") calling from overseas who are getting spied upon. This is a lie. Literally millions of records of Americans are being collected for no reason at al (excepting, of course, that the government is paranoid).

I don't want to overstate the problem, but I don't want to understate it either. Truth be told, what the US government is doing right now has parallels in totalitarial societies, and has no place in democratic ones, even ones mistakingly feeling as if they are under attack.

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