June 7, 2013 by History in a Hurry
Now More Than Ever, Everybody’s a Target in the American Surveillance State
by John W. Whitehead
“Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.” ~ A senior intelligence official previously involved with the Utah Data Center
The recent revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers, with the complete blessing of the Obama administration, should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention over the past decade.
As I document in my new book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State (available now at Amazon.com), what we are witnessing, in the so-called name of security and efficiency, is the creation of a new class system comprised of the watched (average Americans such as you and me) and the watchers (government bureaucrats, technicians and private corporations). What too many fail to realize, consumed as they are with partisan politics and blinded by their own political loyalties, is that the massive bureaucracies – now computerized – that administer governmental policy transcend which party occupies the White House.