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Friday, March 15, 2013

Big brother over us

There are at least 10,000 buildings across the US, with a massive concentration in Washington, DC, engaged in ongoing surveillance of all people residing in the territory of the US.
Surveillance and counter-terrorism activities employ about one million professionals with top level secret clearance.
One estimate has it that every day over two billion emails are tracked.
And on and on along these lines.
The basic logic of such a surveillance system is that for the citizens´security all are being surveilled, or potentially so.
That is to say, the logic of the system is that all must be considered suspect in a first step in order to ensure safety.
Who, then, have the citizens become, or turned into?
The massive surveillance system built up over the last 10 years is the domestic companion of overseas drone killings.
Drone killings and unlawful imprisonment are at one end of that spectrum of degradation, and the rise of the power, economic destructions and unaccountability of the financial sector are at the other end.
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