Media Lack of Concern Over Snowden "Stasi Culture" Revelations

    On the 19 July, the Guardian posted a transcript of a meeting between its Editor, Alan Rushbridger, and its defence and intelligence correspondent, MacAskill, with Edward Snowden. It has been referred to in a number of publications, including deVeers Online as it contains a particularly clear and careful description of NSA's culture:

    "When you’re an NSA analyst and you’re looking for raw signals intelligence, what you realise is that the majority of the communications in our databases are not the communications of targets, they’re the communications of ordinary people, of your neighbours, of your neighbours’ friends, of your relations, of the person who runs the register at the store.

    They’re the most deep and intense and intimate and damaging private moments of their lives, and we’re seizing [them] without any authorisation, without any reason, records of all of their activities – their cell phone locations, their purchase records, their private text messages, their phone calls, the content of those calls in certain circumstances, transaction histories – and from this we can create a perfect, or nearly perfect, record of each individual’s activity, and those activities are increasingly becoming permanent records."

    What is extraordinary is how little concern is voiced by almost any section of the media at the Stasi culture that these disclosures expose. And perhaps worse that they are duplicated in every critical detail here in the UK by GCHQ, yet there are no calls to end these massive violations of the public's right to privacy, to a secret ballot, to private beliefs.

    And most obvious to all is that while this is being done to an undefined, vast "public", it is being done to journalists, lawyers, accountants, trade unionists, all those in fact whose jobs involve the protection of the public and the public interest.