Paris Terror Attacks: More Proof That Mass Surveillance Does NOT Work
In the wake of the recent Paris terror attacks, it would be tempting to give in to our instincts. To once again limit our own freedoms. To allow the government still greater control over our lives. To allow them to watch over us… or to just watch us. To give in to fear.
When bad guys rear their ugly heads, we assume that government mass surveillance will keep us warm, comfy and safe… but is this true? Let us look at their track-record before we leap into the fire.
In the wake of France’s 2014 Charlie Hebdo terror attack, Edward Snowden pointed out that mass-surveillance programs don’t work because they are “burying people under too much data”. Indeed, just a year before, France had imposed one of the harshest and most intrusive surveillance laws in the entirety of Europe which would allow them to collect boatloads of data.
It did not “work”.
In fact, TWO of the terrorists were not only known to French and U.S. authorities… one of them even had a prior terrorism conviction, while the other was monitored for YEARS by French authorities… monitoring which stopped less than a year before the attack on the magazine. They had REAL dirt on these men, NOT your naked social media photos, and yet still they failed to act.
After Charlie Hebdo, the French government called for all-powerful “Big Brother” surveillance powers. When your freedom of speech is being threatened, why not let the government help the terrorists and take it away for them?
Despite their earlier failure, they wanted you to believe that even stronger surveillance was the solution.
It did not “work” AGAIN.