For some reason I ended up reading about Signals Intelligence not that long ago. It is quite interesting to see how data collection can win wars and what an impact it has had historically. It is certainly relevant in today’s 1984 environment. The loss of privacy we are experiencing is grotesque, yet maybe it is necessary due to how the “battlefield” has changed? The idea of giving away all civil liberties and especially how the CIA and other “spy institutions” can potentially abuse their power is frightening. Yet this man has a point. It is a massive blow to our defence when whistleblowers either reveal our vulnerabilities and/or leak sensitive information. It might be justifiable in the name of liberty but it is certainly not in the name of national security and military superiority.