Empire of Secrets is a 47 min documentary that assesses the growing level of surveillance from the United States’ Government on their own people, especially on the topic of the abuse of privacy. From the Shamrock Project, to Echelon Project, to Stellar Wind Project, with each new name the right to privacy and the fourth amendment of the constitution are disregarded in the name of national security. But recently the question has risen: should people be more concerned with foreign, or domestic threats? Since transparency is a key condition for democracy, what does it mean when everyone that questions the government is either arrested or must flee the national borders?
More up-to-date on the recent Snowden case, Cenk Uygur approaches the same topic and makes a comparison on how greatly the United States People’s rights have decayed since the Nixon government. An accurate word would be immensely. Is the United States becoming a dictatorship like so many others in the history of the world? A police-state which censors free-speech and public opinion through police and military action and fear? If one analyses the evolution of the domestic-surveillance issue it sure as hell seems to be going that way. As someone once said: Democracy dies behind closed doors.