April 2015 Bar Bulletin
Loading
 
Skip Navigation Links
CLE / Education
For Lawyers
Judicial
Legal Help
Membership
Special Programs
YLD
 
MyKCBA Login


April 2015 Bar Bulletin

Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

By G. Michael Fenner

 

First of two parts

Is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor? Let me work my way up to an answer to that question.1

A Brief History of the U.S. Surveillance of Domestic Communications

I will start with an oversimplified history of American surveillance of domestic communications: not surveillance of communications taking place outside the U.S. As someone once said, "Outside the United States, the CIA prowls the alleys without a leash."2

If your data leave the country-even if only routed through an outside server-our intelligence community can access it at will. We learned not so long ago that the CIA got ahold of Mayer, Brown & Platt attorney-client privileged documents because the client was outside the U.S. and the documents were captured outside the U.S.

CIVIL WAR: Domestic surveillance by the Federal Government was first used on a significant scale under President Lincoln during the Civil War. But, of course, this was surveillance of an enemy that was operating domestically.

WWI: During WWI, a Military Intelligence Division (MID) was created within the Army. Its charge included locating German spies and saboteurs. It didn't find many enemy agents, so it turned its attention to the investigation of Americans MID considered dangerous: real or suspected labor unionists, pacifists, socialists, Communists, and civil rights activists.

AFTER WWI: After the war, MID joined with the newly created FBI. They compiled dossiers on thousands of American citizens, conducted illegal raids, made illegal arrests, and subjected many citizens to interrogation. They helped local authorities crush labor strikes and suppress racial disturbances.


...login to read the rest of this article.


Return to Bar Bulletin Home Page

KCBA Twitter Logo KCBA Facebook Logo KCBA LinkedIn Logo KCBA Email Logo

King County Bar Association
1200 5th Ave, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98101
Main (206) 267-7100
Fax (206) 267-7099

King County Bar Foundation Home Page

Charitable Arm of the Bar

Jewels Page

Pillars of the Bar Page


All rights reserved. All the content of this web site is copyrighted and may be reproduced in any form including digital and print
for any non-commercial purpose so long as this notice remains visible and attached hereto. View full Disclaimer.