Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Jun 2013 19:08 UTC
Legal "Britain's spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world's phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency. The sheer scale of the agency's ambition is reflected in the titles of its two principal components: Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation, aimed at scooping up as much online and telephone traffic as possible. This is all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate." Woah.
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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by Gullible Jones on Sat 22nd Jun 2013 14:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
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I would also draw another analogy: power over others is the One Ring. Wear it for too long, and you will become a slave to it, no matter how strong-willed and ethical you start out.

Spying programs like this definitely qualify IMO. Government officials can become invisible, as it were; they can learn everything about citizens, without any public oversight. This is incredibly corrupting stuff.

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