监控和美国的自由

美国剑桥—自从爱德华·斯诺登披露美国国家安全局一直在搜集来自美国公民和非公民的大量电子通讯数据以来,人们的目光一直集中在他的个人状况。但更重要的问题——即使在俄罗斯授予他临时庇护之前——应该是美国公民的自由状况。美国真的像俄罗斯、中国和其他人职责的那样伪善吗?

为了回答这个问题,很重要的一点是区分在公共争论中常被混为一谈的两个问题:针对外国实体的电子间谍和针对政府本国人民的国内监控。

在斯诺登披露之前,网络间谍已成为中美关系争论的一大要点。今年6月的“习奥会”就讨论了这个问题,两国政府同意成立特别工作组处理这一问题。

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