Tag Archives: surveillance

Handing Trump the Keys to the Turnkey Totalitarian State

As the Electoral College gathers across the country to cast ballots for the 45th president of the United States and the reality of a Trump administration draws closer, an overriding concern – beyond the questionable appointments of oil executives, billionaires and bankers to top cabinet posts – is what the Trump presidency might mean in […]

The Abject Failure of the ‘War on Terror’

Last week’s attacks in Paris offered a painful and tragic reminder that despite the unprecedented counterterrorism measures implemented since the attacks on New York and Washington 14 years ago, citizens in the West remain as vulnerable as ever to the threat of extremist violence. This may come as a bit of a shock to those […]

NSA’s knowledge is power

In the fall of 2002, the American public’s post-9/11 trauma-based complacency was briefly shaken when the Pentagon’s Total Information Awareness program was revealed to the country. Suddenly, a population that had seemingly resigned itself to a host of new inconveniences at airport security checkpoints and the government monitoring its library reading habits decided that there ought […]

Nothing to hide

Whenever the subject of government surveillance comes up, the refrain I most often hear is, “If you have nothing to hide, what’s there to worry about?” This attitude strikes me as wrong on so many levels, it boggles my mind that so many otherwise intelligent people would freely offer it as a justification for their […]