The age of citizen spies is upon us
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Citizen spies are the hallmark of totalitarian regimes, fomenting distrust and suspicion between what should be friendly neighbors in order to keep everyone in line.
This has now expanded to countries that are billed as bastions of freedom (laughable though that may be) like the United States and the United Kingdom.
The citizen spy apparatus compliments a total surveillance state which is unfolding in America at a disturbing pace (also, see here and here).
These programs draw from precedents like the Ministry for State Security or Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (MfS), also known as the Stasi of East Germany.