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Ukshep

Long Time Mass Surveillance Defenders Freak Out Now That Trump Will Have Control

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 Ukshep    17,190

The Lawfare blog, run by the Brookings Institution, has long reliably been a good source to go to for reading what defenders of mass surveillance and the surveillance state are thinking -- in a non-hysterical way. While I disagree with much of what's posted on there, it tends to be thoughtful and interesting reading. Its founder and Editor-in-Chief is Ben Wittes, who's always good for an impassioned defense of the NSA's surveillance on Americans, and was all in on forcing tech companies to break encryption. He wasn't worried, you see, because he was quite sure the NSA would never spy on him. Because, you know, he's a good guy.

And... yet. Something seems to have changed. And that something is who is suddenly about to be in charge of the surveillance state apparatus:

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When we founded this site more than six years ago, I never in my wildest dreams imagined myself writing these words about a man who will take the oath of office as President of the United States. We began Lawfare on the assumption that the U.S. federal executive branch was a tool with which to confront national security threats. While I accepted that its manner of doing so might threaten other values—like civil liberties—or prove counterproductive in protecting national security goods, I never imagined I would confront the day when I ranked the President himself among the major threats to the security of the country.

Today, we have to confront that possibility.

Your lack of imagination is really f***ing us all over now, isn't it Ben? This is exactly why so many of us -- the people he likes to mock -- have said all along that the concern with the surveillance state is always based on the fact that you have to imagine what will happen when the people you trust the least are in power.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Long_Time_Mass_Surveillance_Defenders_Freak_Out_Now_That_Trump_Will_Have_Control/55223/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Heads up. Good read!

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 Cinnamon    19,992

haha This whole thing is fixing to blow up in their faces, all of them.  We've been called conspiracy theorists for instinctively knowing what they do. BOTH SIDES! 

 

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