The Glossary of Surveillance has been updated after falling by the wayside for a few months. 27 new entries were added bringing it to a total of 60.
The information that continues to pour from the Snowden leaks, alongside the drama that is now ramping up on the Hill, has ensured that, even some 10 months later, this is an issue that won’t be so easily suffocated. The tide has risen to such a point where the idea of reform does not seem so alien anymore, and even the highest office in the land has maybe seen the writing on the wall. However, we can already see this is a box not so easily closed. Much of Obama’s proposed reforms stick to the bulk collection of domestic call data, which itself is only a small part of the vast surveillance infrastructure that reaches out from the American heartland. Take even a curious scroll through the Glossary posted here, pick an entry at random, and see where it takes you. While Americans may rest easy in hoping someday they may be shielded by a system of checks and balances against unwarranted surveillance, the rest of us living under this wide umbrella are not so lucky. The bulk collection of American phone data may fall, but the rest is definitely here to stay.
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Compiled here is a quick primer on many of the most significant pieces of the surveillance revelations and debate. It should answer most questions on the specifics or at the very least give one a jumping off point in their own research. I will attempt to add onto and modify this as the changes come, so check back for future updates when/if new information rolls around. For now, you can check out ProPublica’s FAQ on the NSA’s Surveillance Programs. And also be sure to check out the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s timeline of NSA Domestic Spying, which reveals how persistent and common the issues we’re running into now really are.
Updated 2/11/2015: Added entries for EONBLUE,
Recently REPRIEVE, a human rights organization, released a video starring Yasiin Bey AKA rapper Mos Def undergoing the force-feeding procedure used on detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. He doesn’t last long, but who can blame him. A lot of reports on the video made the connection to the late and stubborn Christopher Hitchens, who volunteered to be waterboarded, lasted 11 seconds, then summarily renounced the practice as torture. The point to REPRIEVE’s video is much the same; Put an individual of status through a practice and give the audience an unfiltered view of what occurs every day in our darkest of places. It’s a hard video to watch, and it should be. Current force-feeding procedures involve feeding a long tube through an individual’s nose, then down their esophagus into their stomach, where a kind of gel is secreted to provide the individual nutrients or medication. For further details see the National Post‘s excellent graphic (top image).