[nexa] Economist: "Secrets, lies and America’s spies"
J.C. DE MARTIN
demartin at polito.it
Tue Jun 18 10:14:55 CEST 2013
Uno dei migliori commenti che abbia letto finora su questa vicenda.
Secrets, lies and America’s spies
A government’s first job is to protect its citizens. But that should
be based on informed consent, not blind trust
Jun 15th 2013 |From the print edition
CONSTANT vigilance: that is the task of the people who protect society
from enemies intent on using subterfuge and violence to get their way.
It is also the watchword of those who fear that the protectors will
pursue the collective interest at untold cost to individual rights.
Edward Snowden, a young security contractor, has come down on one side
of that tussle by leaking documents showing that the National Security
Agency (NSA) spied on millions of Americans’ phone records and on the
internet activity of hundreds of millions of foreigners.
The documents, published by the /Guardian /and the /Washington Post/,
include two big secrets (see article
One is a court order telling Verizon, a telecoms company, to hand over
“metadata”, such as the duration, direction and location of subscribers’
calls. The other gives some clues about a programme called PRISM, which
collects e-mails, files and social-networking data from firms such as
Google, Apple and Facebook. Much of this eavesdropping has long been
surmised, and none of it is necessarily illegal. America gives wide
powers to its law-enforcement and spy agencies. They are overseen by
Congress and courts, which issue orders to internet firms.
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