Nyligen publicerade Washington Post det arbete som dess journalister ägnat sig åt i två år för att kartlägga USA:s hemliga nätverk av säkerhets- och underrättelsetjänster. Sammanlagt jobbar nästan en miljon människor i den innersta verksamheten, en verksamhet som allvarligt brister i såväl rättssäkerheten som i effektiviteten i dess syften. Libertarianer har redan tidigare kritiserat utvecklingen mot ett övervakningssamhälle där rättssäkerheten sätts ur spel. Sheldon Richman på The Freeman kommenterade Washington Posts avslöjande här:
”Those who understand the exploitative nature of big government suspected that the U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks had little to do with the security of the American people and much to do with power and money. Still, the magnitude of the scam, as revealed by the Washington Post last week, is astonishing.
Naturally, the politicians justify the growth in intelligence operations on national security grounds. To make sure such attacks never happen again, they said, new powers, agencies, personnel, and facilities were imperative.
Now the truth is out: the post–9/11 activity has been an obscene feeding frenzy at the public trough. Any resemblance to efforts at keeping Americans safe is strictly coincidental.
“The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work” the Post’s Dana Priest and William Arkin write. “After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine.””
Richman skriver i en annan kommentar om explosionen av rättsosäkra ”national security letters”:
”There’s a country that earlier generations might not recognize in which the national government’s criminal investigative agency can execute its own warrants without court approval; present them to private companies and demand information about people who are not necessarily suspected of criminal wrongdoing; and — if that were not enough — forbid those companies from telling anyone — not even the target of the investigation.
The country I have in mind is not a Latin American banana republic or a Middle Eastern dictatorship. It’s the United States of America.
The warrant-like orders requiring no judge’s signature are called national security letters. In the last nine years the FBI, Defense Department, and CIA have issued well over a hundred thousand national security letters. The FBI has exceeded even the broad powers granted by Congress, and that overreach continued for years after it came to the attention of bureau lawyers. Earlier this year the inspector general of the Justice Department documented the FBI’s frequent violations of the law. (See it here in pdf form.) If the government is now operating within the law, that is no reason for complacency: The law itself is an abuse.”
2005 rapporterade New York Times om hur The National Security Agency på order från president George W Bush ägnade sig åt avlyssning utan domstolsutslag. 14 jurister, bland dem libertarianske juridikprofessorn Richard Epstein, publicerade ett öppet brev till kongressen i New York Review of Books där de ifrågasatte verksamhetens konstitutionella legitimitet.
Det är tråkigt att konstatera att inte heller EU eller Sveriges regering bryr sig om farorna med övervakningssamhället.