As regular readers of this blog know, a central theme of mine is Post-Constitutional America, the third great era of our history. The Way It Was In the first era, the colonial years, a unitary executive, the King of England, ruled without checks and balances, allowing no freedom of speech, due process, or privacy when [...]
|By: emptywheel Sunday April 13, 2014 1:59 pm|
Back in July 2012, long before Edward Snowden’s leaks heightened the general public’s concern about online privacy, then Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin set off on a picaresque quest to find some kind of online privacy. The chronicle of that quest, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Surveillance, serves as a kind of user’s guide for our new dragnet world.
|By: DSWright Wednesday December 18, 2013 9:15 am|
According to a report from the New York Times, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Obama that the actions of the NSA reminded her of those done by the notorious East German spy agency, the Stasi. The Stasi were the secret police unit of the East German Communist Party and gained notoriety for their all invasive surveillance tactics, among other things. Merkel grew up in communist-controlled East Germany.