Communications Media and Privacy: Destroying the Right to be Left Alone

Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Corporate Controlled Media, Media & Arts with 1 Comment

By Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood (

In the U.S. these days, privacy is so been-there-done-that.  Just  this week, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a secret outfit  that hears only the government side of any argument and has generally  been a rubberstamp for surveillance requests, declassified an opinion backing the full-scale collection and retention of the phone records  (“metadata”) of American citizens.  That staggering act was, the judge  claimed, in no way in violation of the Fourth Amendment or of American privacy.  She also gave us a  little peek at corporate courage in our brave new surveillance world, writing that “no holder of records [i.e., telecommunications company] who has  received an order to produce bulk telephony metadata has challenged the  legality of such an order.”

That story, like so many others in recent months, arrived thanks to the revelations of Edward Snowden about the ever-widening powers of the National Security Agency (NSA), led by a general who, we now know, lives in a world of intergalactic fantasies of power and control out of Star Trek: The Next Generation and once even worked in an Army  intelligence war room created by a Hollywood set designer in the style of that show.  As Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood indicate today, however, gigantic as the NSA’s intrusions on privacy  might be, they are only part of an uncomfortably large story in which  many U.S. agencies and outfits feel free to take possession of our lives  in ever more technologically advanced and intrusive ways.

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  1.' alphonse pomerleau says:

    je pense que ça remplace la confession

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