Edward+Snowden1Gisteren en vandaag beheerste (voor wie het wilde horen) Edward Snowden het nieuws. In een whistle blower case die deed denken aan het Watergate schandaal (hoewel de Washington Post zich toen heel wat journalistieker toonde dan het de afgelopen dagen heeft gedaan), onthulde Snowden hoe de Amerikaanse National Security Agency (NSA), structureel zoveel mogelijk burgers afluistert, nationaal en internationaal, of het nu gaat om mail, Facebook, SMS of welk ander online verkeer dan ook.

Er zijn genoeg mensen die vinden dat als ze niets te verbergen hebben, de overheid alles van ze mag weten en in de strijd tegen terrorisme gaat dan niets ver genoeg.

Voor hen, en ook voor alle andere lezers, het volgende, toepasselijke puzzeltje: waar kent u de onderstaande tekst van?

Behind Winston’s back the voice from the telescreen was still babbling away about pig-iron and the overfulfilment of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

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