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Stealing Consciousness: Using Cybernetics for Controlling Populations

Geoffrey R. Skoll
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Geoffrey R. Skoll: Buffalo State College, Buffalo, New York, USA

International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism (IJCWT), 2014, vol. 4, issue 1, 27-35

Abstract: In light of the recent revelations about the electronic surveillance by the US National Security Agency, this essay analyzes such surveillance as part of state strategies to control populations. It also examines the use of terror scares—that is, fear mongering—by states as the rationale for their control practices. It contrasts the origins of terrorism in the French Terror to contemporary terrorism, and shows how cybernetic control and surveillance steal human communications and thereby steal consciousness.

Date: 2014
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