The US Government has turned the Internet into something it was never intended to be: a system for spying on us in our most private moments. By tapping Internet cables, undermining security standards, and getting our data from companies in secret, the National Security Agency has built the largest surveillance apparatus in history and is collecting information on most Internet users.
This is a watershed moment for our freedom to live our lives and the privacy to be who we are. With NSA surveillance programs, the US Government now has the power to arbitrarily track, target, and go after any one of us — our friends, family, the journalists and activists we depend on — because they don’t like our ideas. In a world without privacy, anything you’ve written, done, or seen can be used against you, making your life a nightmare. Spying IS censorship. Now that we know, WE decide what happens next.
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.