‘Dark Mirror’ shows the depth of America’s surveillance on citizens

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The Mercury recently ran an editorial by the Pittsburg Post-Gazette Editorial Board titled “Traitor of Patriot? Rethinking the Case of Edward Snowden.” At the time, I had just finished reading “Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State” by Barton Gellman.Snowden is the former government contractor who provided Gellman and two other individuals, filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald, classified files that exposed the depth of surveillance against American citizens by the National Security Agency. To avoid arrest and prosecution, he fled to Hong Kong and then to Russia where he remains to this day.Dark Mirror is more than just an account of what Snowden did — it is an inside account of the vast global surveillance network that pervades the lives of Americans. Gellman exposes the hidden framework that connects our government’s espionage with Silicon Valley and reveals who is spying on who and why. No one today should be surprised that America’s government and tech giants such as Google and Facebook have unprecedented access to and knowledge of its citizens.Gellman documents the surveillance programs that the NSA used to collect metadata on Americans caught up in the web of PRISM, MAINWAY, STELLARWIND …

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