Surveillance and Scandal: Weapons in an Emerging Array for U.S. Global Power
Keywords:State Repression, Media, Movements
AbstractDuring six riveting months in 2013–2014, Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA) poured out from the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Guardian, Germany's Der Spiegel, and Brazil's O Globo, revealing nothing less than the architecture of the U.S. global surveillance apparatus. Despite heavy media coverage and commentary, no one has pointed out the combination of factors that made the NSA's expanding programs to monitor the world seem like such an alluring development for Washington's power elite. The answer is remarkably simple: for an imperial power losing its economic grip on the planet and heading into more austere times, the NSA's latest technological breakthroughs look like a seductive bargain when it comes to projecting power and keeping subordinate allies in line.
This article can also be found at the Monthly Review website, where most recent articles are published in full.
Click here to purchase a PDF version of this article at the Monthly Review website.
Please see here for reprint requests.