Patraeus scandal really about ‘surveillance state run amok’

So Gen, David Petraeus, ex-CIA chief, was screwing around with his biographer Paula Broadwell, was was sending mildly harassing e-mails to “socialite” Jill Kelley, who was sexting with another four-star general. Kelley got mad about the e-mails to her and called in an FBI friend to investigate. Result: instant scandal. Glenn Greenwald’s perspective on this circle jerk:

…So not only did the FBI – again, all without any real evidence of a crime – trace the locations and identity of Broadwell and Petreaus, and read through Broadwell’s emails (and possibly Petraeus’), but they also got their hands on and read through 20,000-30,000 pages of emails between Gen. Allen and Kelley.

This is a surveillance state run amok. It also highlights how any remnants of internet anonymity have been all but obliterated by the union between the state and technology companies..

2 Responses to Patraeus scandal really about ‘surveillance state run amok’

  1. imhotep November 15, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    The rich are different than the rest of us. Let’s not be naive, heh Glenn. This has nothing to do with the “surveillance state run amok.” That’s a right wing talking point adopted by the Left because they think they’re “sticking it to the man” by saying it. In “polite circles” everybody knows everybody. (The “Swells” (1%) doesn’t include all that many people.) They use those connections to fuck with each other all the time. In this case their catty behavior took a very bad turn and ended up burning a couple of generals to the ground. Which worked out very nicely for the Left because Petraeus was tuning the CIA, an intelligence gathering organization, into a para-military assassination bureau and needed to go anyway.

  2. just me November 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Surveillance state! Whatever do you mean?

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