Australia: The End of Freedom? We are Sleepwalking into a Surveillance State

By STEVEN TRITTON The leaked classified documents by Edward J. Snowden beginning in June 2013 unleashed waves of alarming revelations across the world of covert government mass surveillance and data mining on a global scale. Considered “the most spectacular intelligence breach in history” by one publisher,1 Snowden’s disclosures tore a wide opening in the veil of international secret government spying and surveillance. The bombshell leaks catalysed immediate protest on pressing concerns of … [Read more...]

Spying, Prying & Lying: The Rise of Global Digital Surveillance

By PATRICK HENNINGSEN Books have been written about [US] President Eisenhower’s famous farewell warning in 1961 about the “military-industrial complex,” and what he described as its “unwarranted influence.” But an even greater leviathan today, one that the public knows little about, is the “intelligence-industrial complex.” – Michael Hirsh, National Journal1 In our interconnected global digital society, there appears to be no escape from the issue of digital surveillance. Regardless of … [Read more...]