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Alfred McCoy is the J.R.W.
Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A TomDispatch regular, he is
the author of Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the
Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State, which is
the source for much of the material in this essay.
The US president’s recent NSA speech makes it clear that genuine “change” or “reform” isn't on the agenda, that...