Clinton Recommends Expanding State Surveillance -

Clinton Recommends Expanding State Surveillance


Hillary Clinton has come out in support of extending the surveillance state in response to the Orlando Mass Shooting in a recent interview with NPR. Her Proposals include a dedicated task force applied to preventing “self-radicalization,”  more “integrated intelligence use” among the different levels of law enforcement, working with silicon valley to “prevent online radicalization” and broadening the scope of federal watch lists, gun control related databases, and surveillance.

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Clinton Expresses Support of State Surveillance, Both Candidates Dislike Encryption


In the interview with NPR, Clinton makes several statements in support of current and future programs that surreptitiously collect information on US citizens:

“This Killer Was interviewed by the FBI three times … If someone comes to the attention of the FBI not once, but three times, that suggests that law enforcement needs to know, that people need to be more aware. Do we need to push the Congress harder, to pass a law forbidding anybody on the no-fly list from buying a weapon in our country?”


She reasons further that had there been more rigorous surveillance or an “expanded database” in place, it could have prevented the tragic event, and that the issue should be something that Americans should be voting on in the coming presidential election:

“I think it’s only fair, that Americans take into account who can keep them safe, who has the best ideas for defeating ISIS, and protecting us here at home. I think I have laid out what I believe would work…”


This is not the first occasion the Democratic presidential candidate has hinted at expanding state surveillance as part of her platform. She mentioned a desire to initiate a “Manhattan-like project” against encryption and other technological privacy measures during the third democratic debate in December of last year:

“I would hope that, given the extraordinary capacities that the tech community has and the legitimate needs and questions from law enforcement, that there could be a Manhattan-like project, something that would bring the government and the tech communities together to see they’re not adversaries, they’ve got to be partners. It doesn’t do anybody any good if terrorists can move toward encrypted communication that no law enforcement agency can break into before or after. There must be some way. I don’t know enough about the technology, to be able to say what it is, but I have a lot of confidence in our tech experts.”

SurveillanceDonald Trump has expressed very different ideas about the causes of/solution to the Orlando Shooting and ones similar to it, but came out in similar fashion against encryption previously, during events following the San Bernadino Shooting, regarding the Apple vs. FBI case:

“These are two people radicalized who were given a wedding party by the people that they killed. There’s something going on. We have to be very careful. We have to be very vigilant. But to think that Apple won’t allow us to get into her cellphone,” he continued. “Who do they think they are? No, we have to open it up.”

State supported surveillance and undermining of encryption is a complicated and contentious issue, of particular concern to those with cryptocurrency holdings, as many rely on strong encryption and network privacy to conduct business and safeguard their assets. It will be interesting to see how each candidate develops their position on these issues in the coming months.


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Interview Source; Images Courtesy Wikimedia Foundation

Tyson O'Ham

  • rjf

    Keep us safe? What a crock of crap from a useless criminal who wants all the power just so she can better her cheating, lying husband. Has everyone forgotten that we are a “free” country? Does anyone know what that means? It means taking the good with the bad, making your own choices, living life as you wish and, not having to fear the government is always spying on you. This is crap, just like trying to outlaw encryption is crap. Neither one of these so called “presidential candidates” deserves to win the office nor, even run for it.

  • noname

    says the heinous low standard sloppy butcher who hired cult of siduri on the darknet to hack the elections then got outes by a siduri who hacked her and got proof that satanic hillary is a poof raping a 9 year old. no wonder hillary wants us off the dw. no hillary.

  • noname

    all hillary does is make the world worse for her low standard sloppy walmartopia satanic wasteland