Thursday, July 18, 2013

If You Think The NSA Is Bad, Wait To You See South Korea’s Surveillance State

SEOUL, South Korea — Americans are apparently blasé about government eavesdropping.

In the days after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that Washington spies extensively on its own citizens, polls found that about half of Americans have no problem with such snooping, as long as it protects them from terrorism.

But a scandal unfolding here in South Korea illustrates how such domestic snooping can easily harm a democracy. The imbroglio has sparked student protests and candlelight vigils around Seoul... (more)