The Purpose of Surveillance

It is odd how things change. In the 1970s I visited the United States of America. The security checks were friendly and the people at immigration were polite and generally helpful. Of course, the security was not one hundred percent; I was on one flight in which the crew had captured a person who wanted to hi-jack the plane and locked him in the lavatory while the plane proceeded normally to its destination, without fuss and without a plethora of armed intervention when we arrived at our destination. Continue reading

Opening Other People’s Mail

The Guardian has reported that America’s National Security Agency has a secret program which enables it to trawl through computers holding our emails, on line chats and browsing histories without getting our permission or without getting a search warrant. This was one of the matters revealed by Edward Snowden. Continue reading