police state |pəˈlis ˈsteɪt|
a totalitarian state controlled by a political police force that secretly supervises the citizens’ activities.
Well, not so secret actually we still have some transparency.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, resolving years of internal debate, is on the verge of backing a Federal Bureau of Investigation plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws that would make it easier to wiretap people who communicate using the Internet rather than by traditional phone services, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.
In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, former FBI counterterrorism agent Tim Clemente said that the FBI could listen to phone calls between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his wife. “Welcome to America,” he said. “All of that stuff is being captured as we speak whether we know it or like it or not.”
The next day, Clemente returned to CNN, saying that “there’s a way to look at digital communications in the past” and that “no digital communication is secure.” Clemente specified that this type of surveillance can’t be used in a criminal investigation but is used in “major terrorism investigations or counterintelligence investigations.”
At what point is it enough? When? Are we not sitting under a metaphorical Panopticon?