Everything We've Learnt About the Surveillance State

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Wed, Aug 28th, 2013 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

The independent media site Crikey looks at everything that has been learnt about the surveillance state and puts it in this easy -- and disturbing -- list. Among them:

5. The most senior officials and politicians lie about NSA surveillance. The head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, lied about holding data on US citizens. National Director of Intelligence James Clapper perjured himself before Congress in claiming there was no surveillance of Americans. US President Barack Obama’s carefully parsed claim that “no one is listening to your calls” (as distinct from collecting vast troves of data about the calls) was proven to be wrong by the NSA’s own audit, which revealed thousands of domestic calls a year are intercepted by the NSA. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee claimed Edward Snowden was lying about the capacity of the NSA to place any American under surveillance without a warrant, until the capacity of the XKeyscore program to query internet content of any email address with a pro forma justification was revealed.

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