As reported in the December 20 edition of FAS’ Secrecy News, the White House advisory group on intelligence surveillance said that reducing undue secrecy was one of its main objectives. Is this advisory group sincere, or is it merely playing a role to placate the unprecedented awareness and unrest over government spying practices?
As history unfolds, governments will be judged by their willingness to the dismantle “smart” grid spying infrastructure, which according to industry documentation (such as this) is intended to be the technological platform to put the entire world in a resource-rationed fish bowl, relegating the 2013 NSA wireless/internet spying scandal to “tip of the iceberg” status.
Reports such as these, and the resultant “promises to reform”, will likely remain as window dressing — or be utilized as part of a problem-reaction-solution dialectic — unless and until the mainstream rises in awareness and takes informed action to hold accountable the corrupt corporate criminalistic element which has usurped representative government.
From FAS Project on Government Secrecy, 20-Dec-2013:
“A central goal of our recommendations is to increase transparency and to decrease unnecessary secrecy, in order to enhance both accountability and public trust,” the report of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies stated (p. 80). “Excessive surveillance and unjustified secrecy can threaten civil liberties, public trust, and the core processes of democratic self-government (p. 12)”
View PDF report:
Liberty & Security in a Changing World: Report and Recommendations of The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies