Eisenhower’s military-industrial warning rings truer than ever
March 29, 2014
The latest in the Snowden and NSA revelations show the reach of the military-information complex
‘The NSA and the internet companies ultimately share the same business model, namely intensive surveillance.’ Photograph: Alex Milan Tracy/Corbis
On 17 January 1961, the outgoing US president, Dwight D Eisenhower, went on TV to deliver his valedictory address to the American people. Ike had been a relatively uncontroversial president. He had overseen a period of astonishing prosperity and economic growth. He had impeccable military credentials, having been supreme commander of allied forces in the second world war. So nobody could have accused him of being a radical.