From Philippines to NSA: 111 Years of the US Surveillance State

http://truth-out.org/news/item/17278-from-philippines-to-nsa-111-years-of-the-us-surveillance-state

In the government’s desire to maintain secrecy, the Obama administration has invoked the Espionage Act of 1917 to silence whistleblowers and prevent leaks to the press. Five people were prosecuted in 2010, all for leaks to the press, and more recently cablegate whistleblower Private Bradley Manning. The Espionage Act of 1917, based on the Defense Secrets Act of 1911 – which was in turn based on the British Official Secrets Act – prohibited any interference with military operations or recruitment and, in a particularly vague provision, any perceived support of America’s enemies during wartime.

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