Washington is reeling from revelations that the NSA is turning the country into a virtual Panopticon. Americans are now learning that all our phone calls are turned over to the feds, who also have their tentacles in the servers of the major internet providers. The whistle-blower, 29-year-old Edward Snowden, a remarkably articulate former CIA employee and contractor with the NSA, also happens to be a Ron Paul supporter.
From somewhere in Hong Kong, Snowden has provoked a national debate over the Surveillance State, and the lines are now being redrawn politically. It’s no longer liberals versus conservatives, but authoritarians versus anti-authoritarians, the regime versus the dissidents. You know—like in the old Soviet Union.
A couple of weeks before the Snowden story broke, the ACLU fled a lawsuit on behalf of myself and Antiwar.com’s webmaster, Eric Garris, asking for documents related to FBI surveillance of our site and organization. We know they have such documents because of a Freedom of Information Act release granted to another party.
The revelation of a system described by Snowden as enabling him to spy on anyone, up to and including a federal judge or even the president (“if I had a personal email”), casts a new and sinister light on my relationship to the FBI. If indeed...