Increasingly Unchecked Surveillance State

by  Murtaza Hussain 

Companies could face fines if they refuse to share client data requested by government agencies. (Photo: EPA)The most egregious rights violations tend to happen against the voiceless; those who have neither the platform nor resources to articulate their grievances to the broader world.

Last week, however, the US Department of Justice was caught in a very public transgression against the freedom of an influential and empowered private organisation when it was revealed that it had  engaged in a spying campaign against the Associated Press (AP) – one of the country’s largest news agencies.

In what has been described as a massive and unprecedented intrusion”, AP revealed that Obama’s Department of Justice had engaged in a surveillance campaign targeting its reporters and editors. This campaign included the covert acquisition of phone records from AP staff; including from their home and personal cell numbers.

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