Limitless Surveillance

Glenn Greenwald reporting:

Let’s repeat that last part: “no digital communication is secure”, by which he means not that any communication is susceptible to government interception as it happens (although that is true), but far beyond that: all digital communications – meaning telephone calls, emails, online chats and the like – are automatically recorded and stored and accessible to the government after the fact. To describe that is to define what a ubiquitous, limitless Surveillance State is.

A better way to think about how bullshit this is, is to think about it this way: how would you feel if you found out the government (any government) opened all postal mail, copied it, filed the copies, resealed the envelope, and sent it along the way. If you think that is overstepping, well, there is no difference between intercepting postal mail and intercepting email or other digital communications.

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by Ben Brooks
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Glenn Greenwald reporting: Let’s repeat that last part: “no digital communication is secure”, by which he means not that any communication is susceptible to government interception as it happens (although that is true), but far beyond that: all digital communications – meaning telephone calls, emails, online chats and the like – are automatically recorded and […]