Ahaa

Alternative Media

America’s Surveillance State

America's Surveillance State

This six part documentary series, America’s Surveillance State, dissects the United States’ present surveillance condition. The thesis statement of the series is that privacy as we understand it is an antiquated fantasy – that we need to adjust our way of living to factor in that someone, somewhere is very likely watching our every move for one reason or another. The US Government is often attributed with being the most usual subject for leading the charge on invading its citizen’s privacy, but the film quickly points out that there is every bit as likely a chance that a corporate entity is snooping around in your digital sandbox with the intent of turning a profit on the knowledge they seek to amass.

That stated, the first installment spends a great deal of time looking at the government’s efforts. Notorious whistleblower Edward Snowden is often mentioned for having done so much to bring this issue into the public eye. A government programmer, Brad Sumrall, who worked extensively in a similar position to Snowden, is interviewed about his experience sifting through mountains of data whether it was relevant to national security or not. That is the chief debate about these agencies’ objectives – whether or not there is genuine validity in their reasoning for examining and compiling data from any source they see fit, including the average citizen. The surface justification is safety, but critics insist that is simply not the case.

Since the historic events of 9/11 realigned the US approach to homeland security, a $60 billion a year industry has come to be. 70% of that, around $42 billion annually, goes to private contractors. That spells an awful lot of private, fiscally-driven interests in maintaining this costly approach to intelligence gathering and analysis, which in turn means there is $42 billion dollars of corporate motivation to be listening in on phone calls and reading emails regardless of whether there is any actual safety-oriented purpose for doing so.

The series maintains this trajectory throughout, scrutinizing the National Security Agency (NSA) and similar entities and programs in hopes of at least posing the question of whether US citizens are better or worse off in having a watchful eye on them at all times.

Watch the full documentary now (playlist)

 

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “America’s Surveillance State

  1. I like Lena from what I have seen and heard from her….she does seem forthright and honest…….After reading this excerpt from her proposed book I am shocked ….I guess this is where her age (20 something) really shows……totally ignorant of what the real world is like ….that is a very sad excerpt from her book………Shame on Lena……

    I think David Mamet is on crack !!!! lol … 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  2. From Lena’s book ….

    The sad part of this chapter, pages 28-36, is that Palestine is invisible. Dunham is visiting Palestine but isn’t aware of it. She spends a lot of time in occupied territory (East Jerusalem, Mount of Olives) and gets a lesson about “marauding Bedouins” on her cab ride to the Dead Sea– surely an Israeli driver describing Palestinians as violent. Her friend flirts with a soldier with a semiautomatic weapon, she buys a Guns ‘n Moses T-shirt, and she notes that Israelis “are really moralistic and aggressive.” But she doesn’t put that together with the unending occupation. She has a driver she describes as an “Arab man.” Well, he was Palestinian. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2012/12/for-lena-dunham-palestine-is-invisible#sthash.UiebJP3q.dpuf

    Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.

ultimatemindsettoday

A great WordPress.com site

The Get Involved Group at Possability People

A user-led group which aims to ensure disabled peoples’ voices are heard when services are planned and changed in Brighton and Hove.

The Extinction Protocol

Geologic and Earthchange News events

Freedom Is Just Another Word...

Rules?? What Are rules? I don't need no stinking rules!!!

Shishjamo

Random Commentary.

riotthill's blog

just sayin' :: wen e scott

The Dude With A Blog

Todays News Yesterdays History

Counter Information

Uncovering the mainstream media lies

Humanity777's Blog

The Church of Christ

REMINGTON CENTER FOR MEDICINES MANAGEMENT AND HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES

House No.1 Majwala Estate Kamulegeya Close, Kiwatule, Nakawa. P.O. Box 33081 Kampala Uganda. +256700801063/+256755553201. remingtonhealthtraining@gmail.com| Extraordinary Competency Training [Short Courses 1 – 5 Days] in Health Services Management| EVERYONE IS ELIGIBLE| PUBLIC & CORPORATE TRAINING|

Dreamwalker's Sanctuary

A Sanctuary for Enlightenment and Peace through Poetry and Inspirational Thoughts as we go through Life

PICZLoad pics a la carte

Watchout Loud and Have PICBliss!

criticaldispatches.com/

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @RichyDispatch

Big Red Carpet Nursing

Fun & Progress!

Steve McSteveface

just a guy, writing stuff on a blog - hoping people will read it

The Year of the Dragon

Adventures in a far off land

araneus1

Short Stories, essays, and photos -- on stuff that interests me

In search of Harris

With a little bit of help from Harris and numerous others

Learning from Dogs

Dogs are animals of integrity. We have much to learn from them.

promisewords

Taking the Promise Giver at His word.

The Creative Mind behind James Creative Arts and Entertainment Company

People who have contributed to society, Social Musings 101

ADHD Made Me Do It

Survive Life with Laughter

The Writer in the Woods

All sorts of thoughts

Ladies Bulletin

Beautiful ladies make beautiful families

tina dunks perceptions

a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present

The World according to Dina

Notes on Seeing, Reading & Writing, Living & Loving in The North

Dreaming the World

On the Arts and Healing in Difficult Times

weyfairing

way·far·ing [wey-fair-ing] , noun - traveling, especially on foot.

The Artist and The Dancer

The Dancer, The Artist and their Relationship with Nature

Cardinal Guzman

Encyclopedia Miscellaneous - 'quality' blogging since August 2011

Get It Write

Derek Dubolski: A Writer's Blog:

Uncle Spike's Adventures

Opinion, photography & travel blogging from a small rural farm in Türkiye

Kyopos all around the world.

________Hey, where are you from?

The GOLDEN RULE

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act” – George Orwell

MIRAGE

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a persistent one. So get a few laughs and do the best you can. Don't have an ideal to work for. That's like riding towards the mirage of a lake.

Luke Buchanan's blog

Luke Buchanan keeps his finger on the pulse of D.C.'s housing market.

%d bloggers like this: