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[3]: Comment by marcp
by oskeladden on Sun 23rd Jun 2013 18:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by marcp"
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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.

Dietrech Bonhoffer


The quote is not from Bonhoeffer, but from Martin Niemöller.

Unlike Niemöller, who initially welcomed Hitler's assumption of power, Bonhoeffer opposed him from the very start - two days after Hitler took power, Bonhoeffer delivered a radio address condemning "the leader who makes an idol of himself." There was no doubt of whom he spoke. Bonhoeffer was one of the very first to call upon the Church to act against the Nazi persecution of the Jews, in his essay "The Church and the Jewish Question", published less than three months after Hitler came to power.

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