GCHQ: this is a pivotal moment: democracies are becoming national security states

[…] Will the revelation that GCHQ [Government Communications HeadQuarters] taps every internet communication that enters or leaves the UK mark the moment when ordinary citizens stop and say: “Oh, now I get it.” A moment when people realise that the stuff that nerds and activists had been droning on about might actually affect them?

My hunch is that it isn’t such a moment. Most people will just shrug their shoulders and get on with life. They will accept the assurances of those in authority and move on. […]

via GCHQ: this is a pivotal moment: democracies are becoming national security states | Comment is free | The Observer.

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