The Duck of Minerva

Global Governance, Big Surveillance, and Intelligence Cooperation

5 July 2013

Menwith Hill Radome ECHELONMy very quick search suggests that there’s insufficient work on this subject. I know that Alexander Cooley has turned up some pretty amazing things on older intelligence cooperation, Mark Laffey and Jutta Weldes have done some great work on policing and global governance, and there’s a lot of cognate stuff under the rubric of bio-politics (e.g.) and permanent states of exception, but it seems to me that more direct analysis is called for. 

Because, for example:

France’s foreign intelligence service intercepts computer and telephone data on a vast scale, like the controversial US Prism programme, according to the French daily Le Monde. ….Connections inside France and between France and other countries are all monitored, Le Monde reports. ….The UK spy agency GCHQ is reported to run a similarly vast data collection operation, co-operating closely with the NSA.

And, as I noted earlier, the UK isn’t the only one involved in cooperative Big Surveillance (a term already in use, alas) arrangements with the US.