Too many commentators conclude that we are sliding into a society where behavior is restricted by even the possibility of state surveillanceby David Omand / April 29, 2014 / Leave a comment
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 planning before he called anyone we were covering now we’re just getting a lot of hummed Russian advertising jingles—even in the run-up to the Crimea invasion. We’ve lost a huge asset here.” Before readers reach for their keyboards, yes, you can read all about it on the Lawfare blog—for 1 April.