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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

Abstract: 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 “wiretapping†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.

Date: 2014
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