Richard Clarke warns that NSA could enable police surveillance state

n13-iconZDNet reports: The NSA is so good at collecting intelligence that it has the potential to create a police surveillance state that could never be shut off, counter-terrorism expert Richard Clarke said during his keynote address at the Cloud Security Alliance Summit taking place Monday at the RSA Conference.

“We are not there yet, but the technology is,” said Clarke, the former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-Terrorism for the United States and advisor to presidents dating back to Ronald Reagan.

Since such technology is available around the world to many governments, “the task of controlling them is more important than it has ever been,” Clarke said.

He concluded his talk by saying, “I believe we can have both security and civil liberties, but we can only do that if we keep a very close eye on the government and demand transparency and oversight and tell them we are not willing to trade our civil liberties for greater security.” [Continue reading...]

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  1. Perhaps Mr Clark might also answer the question of just why does the Government believe that it’s in the best interests to create a “Police State” to begin with? Destroy the U.S. for what/who?