Why we must fight the surveillance regime

Surveillance is an especially attractive weapon in a democracy with explicit constitutional limitations on invasions of free expression, because sanctions are submerged. It is “only” and investigation of the “facts,” we are told; it neither enjoins nor punishes political expression and activities. Yet it can hardly be denied the the self censorship which it stimulates is far more damaging than many express statutory or administrative restraints. It yields a maximum return of repression for a minimum investment of official power.

Frank Donner


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