Quotes About Domestic Surveillance

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Quotes About Domestic Surveillance

The government must give proper weight to both keeping America safe from terrorists and protecting Americans privacy. But when Americans lack the most basic information about our domestic surveillance programs, they have no way of knowing whether were getting that balance right. This lack of transparency is a big problem.
— Al Franken —

From that point on, the extraordinary system of spies and informers which has played an important part in the political work of the French state into our own time took shape. (Sartine, who became lieutenant general de police in 1759, is supposed to have said to Louis XV, "Sire, when three people are chatting in the street one of them is surely my man.") Eighteenth-century police manuals like those of Colquhoun in England or Lemaire in France are no less than general treatises on the government's full repertoire of domestic regulation, coercion, and surveillance.

— Charles Tilly

The domestic NSA-led Surveillance State which Frank Church so stridently warned about has obviously come to fruition. The way to avoid its grip is simply to acquiesce to the nation's most powerful factions, to obediently remain within the permitted boundaries of political discourse and activism. Accepting that bargain enables one to maintain the delusion of freedom - "he who does not move does not notice his chains," observed Rosa Luxemburg - but the true measure of political liberty is whether one is free to make a different choice.

— Glenn Greenwald

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