Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Surveillance State: 1984 Comes a Bit Late

The latest stupid heavy handedness in the Snowden affair comes courtesy of the Brits. Glenn Greenwald, writing for The Guardian, has been the main reporter of the Snowden leaks, and the Brits detained and interrogated his partner David Miranda, for a day in a London Airport, confiscating his laptop, phone etc.

In this story, Alan Rusbridger recounts the bizarre story story of how government agents destroyed laptops and hard drives in the Guardian's basement. The heavy-handedness and clumsy ineffectuality of both incidents suggest either gross incompetence or an effort at intimidation, or both. It's hard to know what the hell Cameron and Obama think they are doing here, but they sure aren't covering themselves with glory or credibility.