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It’s time for some FISC-al responsibility

Surveillance is a fact of life. Instead, let's talk about transparency and accountability.

By Liam McLaughlin  

On 6th June, the Guardian and the Washington Post revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) was authorised by a “secret court” to gather the telephone records of Verizon customers. Later they announced that the PRISM scheme has seemingly allowed the NSA to gather online communications from users of sites like Google and Facebook.

The outrage provoked has been enormous with the US establishment being compared to the Stasi. Sales of…

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