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US spying spawns a dystopian epidemic

By David Isenberg at Asia Times

Considering revelations in recent years ranging from renditions, the overseas Central Intelligence Agency prison system, torture during interrogations and National Security Agency wiretapping, aka “warrantless surveillance”, it is difficult to claim, a-la Claude Rains in the movie Casablanca, that anyone is “shocked, shocked” to find the United States intelligence system so cumbersome that oversight is virtually impossible.

According to a Washington Post report last month, in a three-part series titled “Top Secret America” by Dana Priest and William Arkin, following a two-year investigation, “The government has built a national security and intelligence system so big, so complex and so hard to manage, no one really knows if it’s fulfilling its most important purpose: keeping citizens safe.”

The fact that the Post described a bureaucracy resembling the Oceanian province of Airstrip One in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four – a world of perpetual war and pervasive government surveillance that allows the party to manipulate and control the public – is just icing on the cake for those who relish irony.

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August 3, 2010 Posted by | CIA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption | , , , , | Leave a comment