Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Domestic Surveillance and Spying

I just finished reading the article on domestic spying by Jane Mayer in the New Yorker, that I just mentioned in the last post.  It is a must read article, at least the first half.  The changes that occurred in our government after 9/11, and the futility experienced by many dedicated government staffers, who opposed the changes but finally just retired/resigned in frustration, will curl your hair.

But what is most frightening and depressing is that the changes toward domestic spying on a massive scale are being institutionalized by the Obama administration, and its opponents prosecuted.  All the changes toward accountibility and limitation on abuse of government power put in place in the 1970s are now gone, and, in fact, they are far worse. 

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