surveillance state

Someone call Nixon’s plumbers. We need them again.

Summary: Marcus Ranum looks to our past — the government’s history of surveillance — to see the future which the government’s vast surveillance machinery makes possible, and perhaps will help bring into being. Article deleted at author’s request.   Some of the latest revelations about NSA cyber-surveillance – and cyber-war “The Secret War“, Wired, 12 …

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What they mean when the government says “We do not have ‘direct’ access to your info”

Summary: Even the best journalists and national security experts have difficulty with technical stories like the recent NSA revelations. Today Marcus Ranum (bio) cuts through the government’s lies, explaining the truth behind the NSA’s tapping vital telephone and email communication systems. . Article deleted at author’s request.   For More Information Background: An archive of …

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America’s wise men defend the government’s surveillance programs

Summary: Our reaction to the revelations about the NSA spying on us reveal much about America. Here we review some of the more interesting ones. See our New America in the mirror.   Contents The usual suspects defend the government against us Our best & brightest defend the government, not us A real hero replies …

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The US government spies on us because America is a democracy

Prediction: Nothing will change as a result of the recent revelations about NSA spying on US citizens. There will be no substantial restrictions on its programs or slowing of its growth. This is a key moment in the birth of a New America, when we feel the harness on us — and accept it. America …

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