I know many people, especially libertarians, overuse the phrase ‘police state’. I have rarely ever used the phrase. However, after reading these two stories today, I could not help but thinking that the USA really is becoming a police state…
Documents: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge
Washington Post, June 6, 2013
The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.
The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers. But there has never been a Google or Facebook before, and it is unlikely that there are richer troves of valuable intelligence than the ones in Silicon Valley.
And there is this little bit….
An Obama administration ‘blueprint’ targets free expression on campuses.
Weekly Standard, June 10, 2013
It’s a well-known fact that on most college campuses, supposedly havens of academic freedom, you really have to watch what you say.
The vast majority of America’s universities, both public and private, have speech codes that regulate the utterances of their students, professors, and administrators.
The Cathedral can no longer win arguments. It knows it. Plan B: silence and censor critics. Soon we’ll all be longing for the good ole quaint days of USSR.