In short, they’re asking the public to grant them significant new powers that could put all of our communications infrastructure at risk, and to trust them to not misuse these powers. But they’re deliberately misleading the public (and the judiciary) to try to gain these powers. This is not how a trustworthy agency operates. We should not be fooled.–ACLU
We are plunging into a dark world of anti-intellectualism, civic illiteracy, and a formative culture conditioned to comply with the violations of privacy and power imposed by state surveillance and authoritarianism. The embrace of ignorance is at the center of political life today, and reactionary forms of mass media and public pedagogy have become powerful forces of indoctrination. Civic illiteracy is the modus operandi for depoliticizing the population and disarming it.
The production of ignorance and secrecy are primary weapons of authoritarian governments that want to make state power invisible. An ignorant public constitutes one major quest of the security state, which refuses to be held accountable for its illegal and often murderous acts.
The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America’s Disimagination Machine. (Giroux, Henry A.)
The architects of power in the United States must create a force that can be felt but not seen. Power remains strong when it remains in the dark; exposed to the sunlight it begins to evaporate.
==Samuel P. Huntington
[The technetronic era] involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled and directed society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite whose claim to political power would rest on allegedly superior scientific know-how. Unhindered by the restraints of traditional liberal values, this elite would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing public behavior and keeping society under close surveillance and control. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.
This whole battle over the FBI forcing Apple to assist in opening the San Bernardino terrorist’s Iphone is a total charade, as is all of the associated “battle lines” being drawn in Silicon Valley and the rest. The only ones whose voices should be heard are the civil libertarians defending privacy rights over the government’s stated needs. The rest is a total Kabuki dance, one utilized to push the public and legal framework of the total surveillance state’s invasion of all personal privacy in America further over the lines of the covert to the overt and acceptable.
From a nation with the most robust technological intellectual capital comes this absurd argument designed to achieve judicial and legislative backing for the sole purpose of allowing the police powers to achieve the most insidious of fascist statements: The Ends Justify the Means.
It is very, very likely that almost all of what we are being told to believe is true today, especially when it deals with the Security State and our political reality, is anything but. Trust nothing or be one with the Borg.
Edward Snowden, the whistleblower whose NSA revelations sparked a debate on mass surveillance, has waded into the arguments over the FBI’s attempt to force Apple to help it unlock the iPhone 5C of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Is the FBI v Apple PR war even about encryption?
The FBI says that only Apple can deactivate certain passcode protections on the iPhone, which will allow law enforcement to guess the passcode by using brute-force.