Americans have been spying on each other since the earliest days of the republic. This interactive timeline is an attempt to highlight some of the most important events in that history, though it is by no means comprehensive: each event, in turn, has its own string of relevant events, nearly ad infinitum. Still, one spin through this timeline demonstrates that the most recent NSA scandal is far from unheard of, that public memory is depressingly short, and that significant public outcry is rare. Surveillance, by now, is an American tradition.
From our founding founders was the fear of an ever present, over stepping, monolithic dominating government.
It seems we have arrived, since all USA citizens are now considered a suspect enemy of the state.
I am not secretly ease dropping on you. I am microscopically 'analyzing' your communication and saving it for further 'analysis' on the premise you "might" be a terrorist. The word analysis makes it legally ok. ~US Gov.
While there have been numerous cases of domestic espionage to point to throughout history, NONE can compare to the profound implications of the current NSA 'project'. First, the sheer volume of information being gathered. And second, and I think, more importantly, the ability to put it to use. If this amount of information was being gathered twenty+ years ago, I wouldn't be as concerned as I am today. Because today's technology makes it possible to sift through all that information without too much effort. Twenty years ago it would have taken an army to search the calls, files and records of every US citizen to find something useful. Now it just takes a supercomputer with the correct algorithm.
If J. Edgar Hoover could hold power in Washington for 50 years regardless of which party was in the White House simply by holding a few dusty dossiers on the peculiarities and peccadilloes of the ruling class, how powerful would an agency be that was combing through and retaining the digital lives of a digital society?
"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both." - Ben Franklin.
Today's magic is tomorrow's technology.
Some people worry about what conversation or data might be found..
One of the greatest problems with this program is data can be falseified\exagerated
and if you are call a 'possible terrorist' you loose your rights and thereby can be punish,
removed from the local area from legal recources of your own rights, then punish and forever
There is extremely almost nothing oversight of this program, which opens
the door for it to become corrupt absolute!
I am not secretly eavesdropping on you. I am microscopically 'analyzing' your communication and saving it for further 'analysis' on the premise you might be a terrorist. The word analysis makes it legally ok. ~US Gov.
Very good point. And you can add to that their newfound 'legal' drone strikes to kill you from above without due process. Truly, big brother, that lives in the sky.
I do not recognize this country anymore. From society as a whole to the way the government has encroached in every way, from mandating purchases to watching every digital word we say. What's next bedcams? You know, they have to prevent domestic violence, child abuse, bigotry and so on. By their new criteria, prevention is all the justification they need to stick a camera in your house. And you don't even need to be suspected. They'll argue that it's just a preventive measure. I know I sound like I'm exaggerating and paranoid, but seriously, if this NSA stuff continues and becomes an acceptable part of our culture, how long do you think it will be until the same people who are trying to tell us how much soda is allowed to be sold in a glass, or how to raise our kids or why I can't own a gun to defend myself with, is going to start pushing preventive camera snooping in every home? I'll tell you what, I feel sorry for the future generation, who will never experience a true free society. At least I can remember what it was like, but the kids growing up today will never know true freedom. They'll only think they do thanks to the indoctrination process in the schools. But there will be another time, another place, when people finally stand up and fight for what we are giving up today and the process will start all over again.
Some years ago I read this thing about the progression of a democracy. Back then I thought, well, we are a republic so it wont happen to us. Now, I'm not so sure. Here is how it goes:
About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2000 years earlier:
"A democracy is always temporary in nature: it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government."
"A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.
During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith.
2. From spiritual faith to great courage.
3. From great courage to liberty.
4. From liberty to abundance.
5. From abundance to complacency.
6. From complacency to apathy.
7. From apathy to dependence.
8. From dependence back into bondage.
Today's magic is tomorrow's technology.
"....The Times was able to identify one company that has established such a team in the past: Skype. The Microsoft-owned company, the Times' sources claim, established a small team of employees to work on the "legal and technical issues in making Skype calls readily available" to the NSA and other law enforcement agencies. The effort, called Project Chess, was established in 2008 -- long before Microsoft acquired the company, the Times' sources say...."
I am not secretly eavesdropping on you. I am microscopically 'analyzing' your communication and saving it for further 'analysis' on the premise you might be a terrorist. The word analysis makes it legally ok.
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I always wonder how those complacent people in the pic think that they, or their family, will be immune to surveillance. Do they think, I guess, their political adversaries would be willing to pay an arm and a leg to get their hands on certain indiscretions which will turn up sooner or later. But then, as Kerry said, Americans (and by extension Brittons) have a right to be stupid.