I'm not going to write about this in any great detail but I think it worth a mention to start up a discussion on an issue which must concern us, an issue that has been highlighted by the revelations of a US whisteblower regarding the surveillance undertaken by the USA NSA and its "Prism" programme.
I don't know much about computor technology - it's all I can do to make a link - but the scale of the surveillance by the state of all electronic communications has now reached breathtaking and unprecedented proportions and will continue to do so, as is demonstrated by the prism programme. From what I can understand of it, the US spy agencies have access, with the complicity of Google, Facebook and the rest of them, to all our electronic communications including all phone, mobile and landline, communications. They also seem to have direct access to fibre optic lines in a way that I don't understand. I did use to think that there was so much information it would be too difficult for them to process it all but it seems that they can do so very easily and very quickly and that they are refining this process all the time. They can also store everything or pull it from the providers as and when.
One method of working seems to be that investigation, the first investigation done electronically is by a buzz-word that may be of interest to the policing authorities say for example "Somalia". Further words are looked for, say, "attack", "embassy" or "imperialism", and so on. Another aspect could be "protest", "strike", etc., and there are any number of possibilities and permutations that are constructed by different words but which are rapidly, very rapidly, classified. In this way a full picture can be built of what the communications are about and where the communications are coming from and going to. Thus it's very easy to imagine that the bourgeoisie can quite specifically categorise any threat that it feels is leveled against it. For example, one category could be "greens" and their protests, another., elements organising social movements, yet another leftists, trotskyists and communistsand the differences between them. The bourgeoisie looks like it has separate banks of information that it can add to, further refine by percieved threat and it can bank them and pull them up at will.
There is no absolute security of course. Even very high levels of class struggle do not favour it as the murders of Luxemburg, Liebknecht and hundreds of others at the height of class struggle in Germany showed. But we should at least be aware of this element of the totalitarian state.
That the "Great Black Hope" Obama should be sitting on this pile of shit is quite instructive. I saw him on TV with his 'you have nothing to fear" defence (echoed by the police state everywhere) and he actually adoped some of the mannerisms and affectations of George W Bush - at one stage, despite his colour, he really did look like him. His recent visit to Germany showed the indignation in the variety of anti-Obama slogans such as the ubiquitous "Yes We Scan" and other such witticisms. And his "address to the German people" was a million miles from Kennedy's with a steel-fenced, security-riven heavy kettle of 4000 flag-waving invitees while thousands more protesters were pushed out of earshot.
Although this has been given a certain anti-American slant - particularly agaiinst Google and so on - all nations are at it. Britain and others sharing stuff direct from the US and Germany and France with their own systems. And India has just set up its own version of Prism.