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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, June 24, 2013

Para-state control apparatus

Edward Snowden's major achievement is, according to the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger, "that he revealed the extent to which state-run anti-terrorism programmes are networked with private surveillance companies. Thanks to him we know that such companies have become a fixed component of the surveillance apparatus, and that hundreds of thousands of 'privatised' agents carry out tasks that would normally fall to the state. The outsourcing of highly sensitive state responsibilities has its roots in the Reagan era, and reflects the deep distrust of the state felt by those on the political right. So it will come as no surprise that these very people are now justifying the extensive para-state control apparatus. The dire thing is, however, that this reflex plays into the hands of the publicity-shy Obama government, and so prevents any debate on the limits of surveillance."

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