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Sunday, November 10, 2002
The Surveillance State is Coming Along Nicely
The Pentagon is constructing a computer system that could create a vast electronic dragnet, searching for personal information as part of the hunt for terrorists around the globe — including the United States.If you have any interest in this topic at all you really should read the whole story. Last month the AP did a story on this entitled "This is one real life Truman Show."
The technological specifics of surveillance are constantly changing but for good overviews of the philosophical and political issues involved you should read David Lyon's The Electronic Eye: The Rise of Surveillance Society (University of Minnesote Press, 1994) and Reg Whitaker's The End of Privacy: How Total Surveillance Is Becoming a Reality (The New Press, 1999).
I'm not sure what to think of the fact that during college I probably spent more time listening to music and reading books such as these that I had checked out from the library than I did reading assigned texts and doing other homework.