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.