Some of us are very worried. If you regularly read this blog, you are likely one of the worriers.
From the Walpole Peace and Justice Group, which is hosting me tonight at the Walpole Public Library:
Eben Moglen, professor at Columbia Law School, has published video and text from his not-to-be-missed lecture, 'Snowden and the Future', given in two parts during October 2013 at Columbia.
This morning at Boston's South Station I saw surveillance cameras covered up with plastic bags. Are these new cameras that have yet to be fully unwrapped? Or did someone play a funny prank on the surveillance state? Perhaps it's an art project?
Whatever the explanation, I prefer it to the naked camera.
Newly released documents pertaining to the FBI’s surveillance of the editors of an anti-war news site shed new light on how the government has long kept the existence of information derived from foreign intelligence surveillance secret from criminal defendants.
“But this secrecy...has become a god in this country, and those people who have secrets travel in a kind of fraternity...and they will not speak to anyone else.” - Senator J. William Fulbright, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, November 1971
The next mayor of the City of Boston, who will be elected to office today, has the opportunity to stem the rising tide of an increasingly militarized police force. He should seize it.
My how Edward Snowden has changed things.
Back in 2009, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told CNBC that "if you are doing something you don't want anybody to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."
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