Wake up, folks. It’s all been done before.
And it’s not about “national security” and “your safety,” but about the controllers of state power defending themselves from “insider threats” - i.e. a democratically aware and engaged citizenry, one that demands accountability from those whom claim to be serving them.
“Technical eavesdropping was one of the Stasi’s major sources of information.”
“It was of the gravest importance to keep a lid on certain things, never to let serious criminal offenses to become known to the general public. To create the illusion that law and order ruled in this country.”
The basic motive for collaboration “is the subjectively felt pressure to conform to society… But basically, everyone asked to collaborate was aware of the risks of refusal; that the long arm of the political apparatus could reach into their careers and private lives at any time, and sooner or later, cause them personal harm.”
Unaccountable surveillance institutions will inevitably end up waging “a cold civil war against it’s own people.”
And to think that the even the former head of “one of the more infamous departments in the infamous Stasi” is “appalled” what the NSA is doing today.
[Wolfgang Schmidt] pondered the magnitude of domestic spying in the United States under the Obama administration…
The dark side to gathering such a broad, seemingly untargeted, amount of information is obvious, he said.
“It is the height of naivete to think that once collected this information won’t be used,” he said. “This is the nature of secret government organizations. The only way to protect the people’s privacy is not to allow the government to collect their information in the first place.”
Read more in McClatchy’s Memories of Stasi color Germans’ view of U.S. surveillance programs.