LONDON GUARDIAN OPED
Jan 10, 2015
IF CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACK WAS A STRIKE AGAINST FREE SPEECH, WHY IS THE RESPONSE MORE SURVEILLANCE?
By Trevor Timm
Let’s not avenge the deaths of journalists by trying to curtail the very rights for which the world has praised them
Here are some excerpts from Mr Timm’s excellent column…
“the threat of terrorism has led to draconian laws all over the world over the last decade – but this time around, the speed and breadth by which politicians praised free speech out of one side of their mouths, while moving to curtail rights out of the other, has been quite breathtaking.”
“Former NSA director (and prolific liar) Michael Hayden went on national television to argue the NSA collecting the phone records of every single American “doesn’t look so scary now”, despite the reality that its decade-old mass surveillance program that violates the privacy of hundreds of millions of people every day has never having stopped a terrorist attack.”
“Similarly, the New York Post called on the NYPD to re-institute its suspicionless surveillance program that blanketed the city’s entire Muslim population, while forgetting to mention that in the years it was active, the program never produced a single promising lead, let alone stopped an attack.”
“And Fox News was wall-to-wall “more guns, more surveillance, more race profiling”.
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AND THE BEAT GOES ON…