Clashes between the Ukrainian government and demonstrators continued Friday, despite President Viktor Yanukovych offering to give a little ground. The government’s creative use of text messaging earlier in the week, not to mention violence, had something to do with the ongoing calls for regime change.
A declassified 2011 secret court ruling found the federal government had offered “substantial misrepresentation(s)”—in laymen’s terms, it lied—in legal filings to the judges assigned to oversee the NSA’s secret surveillance programs.
For well over a century, what might be called “surveillance blowback” from America’s wars has ensured the creation of an ever more massive and omnipresent internal security and surveillance apparatus. Its future (though not ours) looks bright indeed.