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America's 'Undemocratic' Surveillance is More Invasive than China's (Epoca, Brazil)


"E-mails from none other than President Dilma Rousseff may have been read by the American intelligence services, as part of a gigantic operation that makes interference with computer networks by the Chinese state seem like a harmless joke. Drawing from news reports that have by now spanned the globe, the control exerted by the American government - not just in the United States but on every continent - seems larger, more powerful, and more invasive. ... A world in which we have no right to privacy is not a free world."


Translated By Brandi Miller


October 9, 2013


Brazil - Epoca - Original Article (Portuguese)

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff addresses the 68th opening of U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 24.


UNITED NATIONS VIDEO: In one of the most confontational speeches one is likely to hear at one of these events, Brazil President Rousseff criticizes the U.S over its mass surveillance of other countries, particularly hers, Sept. 24, 00:22:55RealVideo

Every one of us is subject to the snooping of the American government. The worst part is that we don't know how.


Until recently, the villains of espionage and invasions of privacy were authoritarian governments in countries like China or North Korea - and not without reason. In such places, the state isn't known for pressing respect of citizen privacy. They unceremoniously open drawers, run over family memories, and trample on the personal secrets of people who cannot defend themselves, all in the name of protecting the interests of the fatherland, socialism, or whatever.


In 2006, a German film directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, The Lives of Others, flung open the nightmare of how the Stasi, East Germany's Cold War secret police, bugged apartments on a whim, under any pretext, and spied on ordinary people while they took baths, read the newspaper, or made love. The Lives of Others (Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2007) shocked audiences with its meticulous and terrifying profile of a state that could do anything it wanted against its silenced citizens. From this modest work of art, and from factual reports that today are amply proven by history, we learned a lesson we have no right to ever forget: what separates a democracy from a totalitarian regime is transparency.


In a democracy, the law requires private life to be impenetrable, and requires the state to be transparent. In totalitarian regimes, the government is opaque, does what it wants, and is above the law. It can chew people's intimacy like a horse in a pasture chews grass. In a democracy, we, the citizens, have the right to our intimate secrets in the same way that we have the right to know every detail about our public administration. In totalitarianism, the opposite occurs: state officials can hide whatever they want from the public, in addition to having the tools to penetrate the privacy of whoever they like. The obvious conclusion: there is more democracy where the state is most transparent, and where privacy is the most respected; and the more authoritarian the state, the more opaque it is and the more likely citizens are helpless to protect their personal information from the authorities.


Until, in effect, the other day, situations of government savagery like those in the film The Lives of Others only occurred in countries under dictatorship. Democracies, or alleged democracies, were safe from this type of perversion, because they ensured free expression and the right to privacy. When the Internet came along, it was hailed by many as a genuinely democratic invention - a technology that dictatorships could never control. The Internet was, then, the perfect marriage of cutting edge technology and the most advanced democracy. One was the realization of the other.


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Just recently, in April of this year, The Economist, in a report on the Internet in China, recalled a phrase uttered by Bill Clinton when he was still president of the United States. Asked about the possibility that the Chinese government would closely monitor Internet communications, he said: "That would be like nailing jello to the wall." With his witty, light, and easy style, Clinton prophesied that the Internet couldn't be administered by the claws of the state, summing up the view of the alleged "free world" on "closed societies" - a superior, confident and slightly ironic perspective.

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This was all quite recent. Today, the landscape has been turned upside down. TV Globo's Fantástico revealed that e-mails from none other than President Dilma Rousseff may have been read by the American intelligence services, as part of a gigantic operation that makes interference with computer networks by the Chinese state seem like a harmless joke (by the way, contrary to Clinton's prediction, China monitors the flow of information on the Web reasonably well). Drawing from news reports that have by now spanned the globe, the control exerted by the American government - not just in the United States but on every continent - seems larger, more powerful, and more invasive. And pay attention: it isn't only the president of Brazil suffering under this form of violent invasion. Each of us is subject to similar snooping. The worst part is that we don't know how this is done, since the opaque American government doesn't say.


A world in which we have no right to privacy is not a free world. A so-called democratic government that uses the Internet to invade privacy, well … we didn't have one until, in effect, the other day.


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Posted By Worldmeets.US Oct. 9, 2013, 05:48am