Surveillance Blowback: Bringing the War Home

The American surveillance state is now an omnipresent reality, but its deep history is little known and its future little grasped.  Edward Snowden’s leaked documents reveal that, in a post-9/11 state of war, the National Security Agency (NSA) was able to create a surveillance system that could secretly monitor the private communications of almost every American in the name of fighting foreign terrorists. The technology used is state of the art; the impulse, it turns out, is nothing new. For well over a century, what might be called “surveillance blowback” from America’s wars has ensured the creation of an ever more massive and omnipresent internal security and surveillance apparatus.  Its future (though not ours) looks bright indeed….

One thought on “Surveillance Blowback: Bringing the War Home”

  1. Acute paranoia on the part of our “fearless leaders”. What a burden all that fear must be. And how oppressive to live under such conditions in the land of the free, home of the brave. So much innocence, so little faith and trust in the goodness of humankind.

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