Sunday November 1, 2020

The price of security just became much too high

The world's governments now seem to be able to invade our privacy and limit our civil rights in the name of protecting us from terrorist actions, writes Tom McGurk.

15th June, 2013
In his interview with the Guardian, Snowden was chillingly straightforward and unambiguous. 'I can wiretap you, I can wiretap your accountant. I can wiretap presidents. I can wiretap anyone, anywhere, any time!.

Colonel Paul Tibbets piloted the Enola Gay aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, killing in the first instance an estimated 160,000 civilians. In his biography, Tibbets recalled that on the way home after dropping the bomb, the crew in the aircraft grew unusually silent.

Obviously those on board were still turning over in their minds the astonishing sights they had just witnessed, but there was something else. "We were trying to come terms...

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