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Snowden revelations: We need a rational debate on security

Too many commentators conclude that we are sliding into a society where behavior is restricted by even the possibility of state surveillance

By David Omand  

Demonstrators against PRISM wearing Edward Snowden masks: Have the whistleblower’s revelations led to undue paranoia?

© Mike Herbst

The latest Snowden revelation: the NSA has the capability—codenamed MINDPRISM—to mine the thought patterns of millions of people simultaneously, collection that may involve thousands of Americans.  The Powerpoint slide has the logo of an eagle’s claw clutching a human brain. “With  MINDPRISM, we can stay one step ahead of communication itself. If the target can think it, we can collect it,” an NSA official commented. “We used to know what Putin was…

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