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Government Surveillance

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From Phrenology to Data Mining
Paranoid America – by which I mean its governors – has long dreamed of foolproof technology to guard the Homeland from subversion, or penetration by alien hostiles. In its latest variant, the vaunted technology comes in the form of the sweeps by the computers of the National Security Agency, programmed to intercept hundreds of millions... Read More
CounterPunch Diary
The FBI was probably tapping Edward Said's phone right up to the day he died in September of 2003. A year earlier, when he was already a very sick man, Said was scheduled to speak at an event at the Kopkind Colony summer session near Guilford, Vermont. The morning of Friday, August 2, the day... Read More
The New York Times and the NSA's Illegal Spying Operation
Lowe's magnificent editorial was written in response to the claim of a government minister that if the press hoped to share the influence of statesmen it "must also share in the responsibilities of statesmen". It's a long, sad decline from what Lowe wrote in 1851 to the disclosure by the New York Times on Friday... Read More
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