NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, G8: Global country club, ‘Minority Report’ is here
On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks to Thomas Drake, former NSA senior executive and whistleblower, and Jesselyn Raddack, National Security Director for the Government Accountability Project, about whistleblower Edward Snowden, the dangerous climate surrounding classified information in the US, how the full extent of the NSA spying program has yet to be revealed, and how the mantra ‘if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear,’ is false. Abby then goes over the 2013 G8 summit in Northern Ireland, pointing out the groups’ lack of progress in the developing world, and talks to RT correspondent Polina Boiko about the protests at the event. Abby also calls out the UK government’s decision to prop up fake storefronts to ‘fluff up’ the town of Enniskillen, a town that was religiously segregated in the past. BTS wraps up the show with a look at law enforcement’s use of facial-recognition technology at mere traffic stops and while taking photo IDs, and how the practice represents another step towards a total surveillance state.