NORMAN SOLOMON – The National Security Agency depends on huge computers that guzzle electricity in the service of the surveillance state. For the NSAâ€™s top executives, maintaining a vast flow of juice to keep Big Brother nourished is essential — and any interference with that flow is unthinkable. But interference isnâ€™t unthinkable. And in fact, it may be doable.
NORMAN SOLOMON – At the top of the federal government, even a brief shutdown of â€œcore NSA operationsâ€ is unthinkable. But at the grassroots, a permanent shutdown of the NSA should be more than thinkable; we should strive to make it achievable. And since “Total Information Awareness,” in the form of content storage at the NSA’s Bluffdale, Utah, complex, is technologically within reach, we should at least demand closure of the agencyâ€™s mega-Orwellian center in Bluffdale.
NORMAN SOLOMON – Thereâ€™s something profoundly despicable about a Justice Department that would brazenly violate the First and Fourth Amendments while spying on journalists, then claim to be reassessing such policies after an avalanche of criticism — and then proceed, as it did this week, to gloat that those policies made possible a long prison sentence for a journalistic source.
NORMAN SOLOMON – The part of the First Amendment that prohibits â€œabridging the freedom â€¦ of the pressâ€ is now up against the wall, as the Obama administration continues to assault the kind of journalism that can expose government secrets.