Jan 24 2014

Alfred McCoy on the NSA and History of Political Surveillance

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This week on CounterSpin: An independent review board has concluded that the National Security Agency’s surveillance program poses threats to citizens’ civil liberties, isn’t really working to catch terrorists and should be ended. But while much debate centers on the data collected being misused, what about what happens if it’s used as intended? We’ll talk with Alfred McCoy, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin/Madison about the history of spying by the US government–and the actual reasons they do it.

–“It’s About Blackmail, Not National Security,” by Alfred McCoy (TomDispatch, 1/19/14)