Whom does surveillance help?

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Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance – NYTimes.com.

I know a lot of people seem to think that the kind of surveillance is necessary, that it somehow keeps us safer, and that if you have nothing to hide then you should have nothing to worry about.

Unfortunately, none of those things are true.


Here’s a test for those of you who say you have nothing to hide…..

Can I come over and look through all your dresser and desk drawers?

Can I read your diaries?

Can I tell everyone exactly who you have phoned in the last year and how long you spent talking to them? (Can I tell your employer? Your wife/husband/partner? Parents? Children? Church?)

How about telling everyone where you spent money and how much?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, then you too must say no to surveillance.

Before it’s too late.

 “First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

-Martin Niemoeller (1892-1984)

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