US Mass Surveillance: New Documents Shed Further Light on the Unethical Practices of the US Intelligence Agencies The American Civil Liberties Union has released new documents, which further detail the mass surveillance carried out by the United States over foreign and its own citizens. In particular, the documents show how the US intelligence community relies on an Executive Order – issued by President Reagan in the 1980s – to spy upon the global populace. Much of the discussion in the US has focused on amendment or reform to the PATRIOT Act and FISA. However, it is clear now that this is insufficient. Newsclick examines the contents of these new documents and what it means for the rest of the world in this discussion with Prabir Purkaystha, convener of the Just Net Collation and Chairperson of the Society for Knowledge Commons. Notably, the documents show the kind of obfuscation and ambiguity that the intelligence agencies thrive on – by discarding commonly accepted definitions of various terms and replacing them with jargon that only those versed in deception can detect, intelligence agencies manage to avoid public scrutiny and debate
Given that the US intelligence agencies essentially have no limitations on spying on 96% of the worlds citizens, what can we do to protect ourselves, our economies and societies from this unprecedented dragnet surveillance?