- Edward Snowden and the Emerging Police State!
by Michael Welch, Tom Burghardt, Julie Lévesque, and Stephen Gowans, http://www.globalresearch.ca/
“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.” (George Orwell, from the novel ’1984′)
There has been extensive reporting in the mainstream and alternative media with regard to the leaked information about NSA surveilllance of hundreds of millions of people in dozens of countries around the world. These leaks came through NSA technical contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden. The Guardian Newspaper was allowed access to Snowden’s documentation and has disclosed this information in a series of articles beginning June 6.
Snowden disclosed, among other revelations, that the NSA was clandestinely accessing data including email content, live chats, search history and file transfers through major internet companies through a surveillance program known as PRISM. NSA can access this information DIRECTLY without a court order and without requesting it from the service providers and notably without the consent or knowledge of the users.
The companies implicated in this disclosure, including google, apple and facebook, span the vast majority of email, video and other global communications networks.