They were East Germany’s dreaded secret police. They spied on ordinary East Germans, tapped their phones, intercepted their mail, assessed their ‘reliability’, used informants, kept dossiers on persons of interest and ordinary citizens alike.
The hated Stasi fell with the Berlin Wall but they live on – in today’s RCMP, the Royal Conservative Mounted Police, Harper’s personal security apparatus. Today the RCMP, in conjunction with our official spy agency, CSIS, and the Canadian Border Service Agency, operate a domestic spying network called the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, INSET.
And just whose security is INSET enforcing? Yours? (Read more…)
Or, to update the metaphor, computers being destroyed by the govenment:
The message is clear: citizens do not have the right to material that would allow them to decide for themselves whether the overarching and illegal domestic spying being carried out by western ‘democracies’ is justified.
Following revelations of the baseless detainment of Glenn Greenwald’s partner at Heathrow Airport on Sunday for nine hours, along with the confiscation of his computer equipment, we are now learning that Britains’s GCHQ raided the offices of The Guardian to destroy computers containing data leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Like many others, I have been deeply troubled by the Edward Snowden’s revelations about domestic spying conducted by the NSA. Watch the following video if you would like to know the true source of the problem.
By the way, Gordon Klingenschmitt, as you will see if you click on the link, has had an interesting career.
…. I’m sure there would be reports of seismic activity in the vicinity of their graves over this question asked of Glenn Greenwald by Meet the Press host David Gregory about the propriety of his bringing Edward Snowden’s story to the world:
Following news of leaks by NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden, Obama was asked by a reporter about massive NSA surveillance that involves not just phone tracking, but all types of online user communications. In the course of his defense of this unparalleled invasion of privacy, Obama dropped the “Big Brother” term with irony – as though it is somehow far fetched to cast his administration in that light.
“Big Brother” understates the case. Leaked documents indicate that the U.S. government is increasingly engaged in “offensive cyberwarfare” – not just to target alleged suspects and deter attacks on the U. (Read more…)
While Edward Snoden will undoubtedly be portrayed in the days and weeks to come as a traitor to his country, his courageous revelation of the domestic spying that the NSA is engaged in earns my admiration. Not only has he demonstrated his personal courage and convictions by his willingness to be publicly named, he has also shown for those who have any lingering doubts that, despite his high-flown rhetoric, U.S. President Barack Obama is a complete fraud in portraying himself as a moderating agent of change:
“I understand that I will be made to suffer for my (Read more…)
First, the mainstream/corporate media largely abdicates its raison d’être, i.e. reporting facts, the truth and keeping checks on the Powers-That-Be.
Second, corporations collude with politicians not only to make policy, but to facilitate increased surveillance of citizens (typically without warrants), in addition to being accomplices in stifling free speech (including on the internet).
I have an extremely busy day today and so I will not be able to write anything decent – my apologies.
However, I offer to you good folks the following, which recapitulates quite succinctly what I have been writing about recently (and to my fellow Canadians: do note that this is coming along as well for us, eh?):
Slouching Towards Tyranny
By: Bruce Fein
Behold the authoritarian mind-set in it’s awful glory (emphasis added):
The Harper government is bracing for a backlash over a border security agreement it is negotiating with the United States, anticipating it will spark worries about eroding sovereignty and privacy rights, a document obtained by The Globe and Mail shows.
The Department of Public Safety communications strategy for the “per…
I hereby submit to you folks for consideration a new term which, in my humble opinion, characterizes the first decade of the 21st century by not only embodying the resurgence of the barbaric commission of war crimes, the dismissal of basic human rights, the shredding of the Geneva conventions, as well as the rapid erosion of basic civil rights (habeas corpus, privacy, freedom of speech), by so-…