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Friday, August 13, 2010

Greenwald: The Digital Surveillance State: Vast, Secret, and Dangerous

This country is going downhill so fast, it's alarming. Just as glaciers the size of Manhattan are crumbling, causing frightening warming patterns, so we are falling apart, as well. What to do? What to do? Where is the moral imperative, the intellectual acumen? The concern for the suffering of others we know and can never know. Corporate greed, encouraged by the malignent growth of uber capitalism, is destroying the planet, along with the violent insanity of religion. The poor and middle classes continue to shoot themselves in their feet, believing absurd and corrupt political propagandists and religious leaders, as people sicken from the black waters of the Gulf and grow ill with incurable cancer and other deseases from the ashes of coal and other forms of avoidable pollution and poisonous mutant vegetables. Wisdom without money and power (never mind control of the media) is a dung heap of concepts. Time for a revolution of will, action, and courage. There are so many non-profit organizations,  devoted (respectively) to saving humans, animals, reforming media, safeguarding constitutional rights, and changing all sorts of disastrous policies.  It might be a good idea for all of them to form a huge non-profit with a mission to address, with effective ACTION,  all of these related concerns.  No? 
This article:

"It is unsurprising that the 9/11 attack fostered a massive expansion of America’s already sprawling Surveillance State. But what is surprising, or at least far less understandable, is that this growth shows no signs of abating even as we approach almost a full decade of emotional and temporal distance from that event. The spate of knee-jerk legislative expansions in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 trauma — the USA-PATRIOT Act — has actually been exceeded by the expansions of the last several years — first secretly and lawlessly by the Bush administration, and then legislatively and out in the open once Democrats took over control of the Congress in 2006. Simply put, there is no surveillance power too intrusive or unaccountable for our political class provided the word “terrorism” is invoked to “justify” those powers." .........

Greenwald: The Digital Surveillance State: Vast, Secret, and Dangerous

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