What effect does mass surveillance have on journalism in the US? We're finding out. It's not good


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I wonder if people will slowly become more and more indifferent about the feeling being watched. Some even say now there is no point in fighting it. I like the defiant tone of that NSA mass surveillance disclosures-related song by German-Lebanese rapper MoTrip:
Guten Morgen NSA (Good morning NSA)

Guten Morgen NSA, yeah
Guten Morgen NSA, heut schon Facebook gecheckt?
Wahrscheinlich habt Ihr damals schon mein' Game Boy gehackt
Hab das Handy am Ohr, ihr wisst eh, wo ich steck' - Ah

Guten Morgen NSA, ich bin ein Insider
Doch Ihr seht mir alle zu, das bedeutet wohl, ich bin keiner
Ihr lest mein Tagebuch, sie wissen jetzt so einiges
Es ist int'ressant -- besonders, wenn es ein Geheimnis ist
Sie wissen, ob Du pleite bist, sie wissen, ob Du Scheine machst
Ohne Papier kommst Du nicht raus - Reisepass
Treff' den Typ von Wikileaks und lege eine Beichte ab
Und dann werd' ich verurteilt von dem Land, das ich verteidigt hab
Ich weiß, Ihr überwacht mein Handy von da oben
Ich räche mich und treffe mich mit Manning oder Snowden

Good Morning NSA, checked out today's facebook yet?
Suppose you used to hack my Gameboy back then
Holding my cell to my ear, you know where I am anyway

Good Morning NSA, I'm an insider
You still watch me, so I guess I'm not
you're reading my diary, they know quite something now
so interesting - even more if it's a secret
they know if you're broke, if you make some cash,
without papers you can't get out - passport
I'm meeting the wikileaks guy and I confess
And the country I've been defending convicts me
I know you're tapping my cell from up there
I take revenge and meet Manning or Snowden

There's a video on youtube but I can't post video links yet.


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"Mass surveillance of the kind practiced by the NSA produces a chilling effect on journalism, because sources do not feel they can have a private conversation with a reporter."

Government response: "Excellent."


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"because sources do not feel they can have a private conversation with a reporter."

because people do not feel they can have a private conversation with a psychiatrist.
because people do not feel they can have a private conversation with a lawyer.
because people do not feel they can have a private conversation with a Samaritan.
because people do not feel they can have a private conversation with a doctor.
because people do not feel they can have a private conversation with a friend.
because people do not feel they can have a private conversation with a lover.
because people do not feel they can have a private conversation with a gynaecologist.
because people do not feel they can have a private conversation with the police.
because people do not feel they can have a private conversation with someone else going through the same thing.
because people do not feel they can have a private conversation.
because privacy means able to physically touch each other, away from computers and smart phones and windows. In the dark, with the taps on. In the womb with the blinds drawn.

For a brazillian dollars, we've protected you from almost nothing, at the cost of almost everything that makes life worth living.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/08/nsa-bulk-metadata-surveillance-intelligence


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If I were a reporter, or a whistleblower, I'd be very concerned that anything recorded anywhere could and probably would be read by our NSA Peeping Toms and that lying asshole Clapper. Why wouldn't these creeps spy on reporters? We seem to have learned nothing from the McCarthy period and our hidden overseers are happily trotting down that path without a care in the world.


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