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Banksy Takes on British Eavesdropping

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April 14, 2014

The Guardian reports that the graffiti celebrity artist Banksy has been at it again, this time at the expense of the British counterpart to America’s NSA, the super-secret GCHQ, which, too, is deeply implicated in the surveillance state disclosures of Edward Snowden.  Notice the artistic emphasis on listening as the essential sensory perception in espionage, a… Read More ›

Sensuous Spies – The Ears and Eyes of Mass Surveillance

Julian Barnes, in his Levels of Life (2013), notes the unique artistic perspective on 19th century ballooning of Odilon Redon.  In 1878 Redon completed a charcoal drawing, Eye Balloon.  Here is Barnes’ description: At first sight it seems just a witty visual pun: the sphere of the balloon and the sphere of the eye are… Read More ›

General Keith Alexander’s Secret Empire

    Following the first wave of disclosures from Edward Snowden about the mass surveillance state assembled by General Keith Alexander, this essay for Tropics of Meta emphasized the scope of the danger.  It also highlighted the gold rush in cybersecurity and the proliferation of enormously dangerous cyberweapons that are Alexander’s legacy as head of the NSA… Read More ›

Dropping a Dime on Madiba

Mandela’s capture, arrest, show trial and nearly three decades of incarceration by the apartheid forces of South Africa started with a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency tip.  This essay repeats that inconvenient truth during the commemoration following Madiba’s death.  

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