Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Surveillance state on steroids
So now, after all the expansion of electronic surveillance authorized in the new law passed just before Congress emulated the Iraqi parliament and took off for an August vacation, the Bush administration has announced that it wants to make information from military spy satellites available to local law enforcement. The mindset here verges on the totalitarian: that there is simply nothing that Americans do that should not be known to the government, perhaps in real time. That's close to the very definition of a total state. That it should come under a Republican president who still claims to believe in limited government is beyond ironic.