The Surveillance Apparatus State

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Leonard Pitts writes about the tyranny of the Surveillance State in the Miami Herald:

If ever tyranny overtakes this land of the sometimes free and home of the intermittently brave, it probably won’t, contrary to the fever dreams of gun rights extremists, involve jack-booted government thugs rappelling down from black helicopters. Rather, it will involve changes to words on paper many have forgotten or never knew, changes that chip away until they strip away, precious American freedoms.

…People think tyranny will be imposed at the point of a gun. Paranoids look up in search of black helicopters. Meanwhile, the architecture of totalitarianism is put into place all around them, surveillance apparatus so intrusive as to stagger the imagination of Orwell himself.

What Pitts doesn’t mention is that not so long ago we were considered to be “paranoids” for thinking there was a surveillance apparatus state.

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