The Triumph of Fear: Connecting the Dots about Whistleblowers and Surveillance
David L. Altheide
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David L. Altheide: School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism (IJCWT), 2014, vol. 4, issue 1, 1-7
Edward Snowden was castigated by government officials and mainstream mass media as a traitor, spy, and international criminal when he released information about the National Security Agency (NSA) secret and massive surveillance of virtually all U.S. electronic communication. More than â€œwiretappingâ€ is involved in the spin being put on Snowden's revelations. A lot of institutional duplicity has been revealed. The reaction of United States officials can be seen as a dramatic performance to demonstrate their moral resolve and complete power (even as Snowden challenged it) in order to dissuade other whistleblowers from following suite, as well as maintain authority and a discourse of fear about terrorism that justifies surveillance and other forms of social control.
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