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Sun Aug 9, 2015, 12:13 PM

93. Police State of the Art

They do pick up everything and I mean everything. And they use algorithms to reduce the noise-to-signal ratio.



The goal of wholesale surveillance, as Arendt wrote in “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” is not, in the end, to discover crimes, “but to be on hand when the government decides to arrest a certain category of the population.” And because Americans’ emails, phone conversations, Web searches and geographical movements are recorded and stored in perpetuity in government databases, there will be more than enough “evidence” to seize us should the state deem it necessary. This information waits like a deadly virus inside government vaults to be turned against us. It does not matter how trivial or innocent that information is. In totalitarian states, justice, like truth, is irrelevant. -- Chris Hedges


As you know, nilesobek, the ones who know this stuff are the threat to their gangster arses. Ironic, as that's how democracy is supposed to work.

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