Initially it is always the country’s dissidents and marginalized who bear the brunt of surveillance, leaving those who support the government or are merely apathetic to mistakenly believe that they are immune. And history shows us that the mere existence of a mass surveillance apparatus, regardless of how it is used is in itself sufficient to stifle dissent. A citizenry that is aware of always being watched quickly becomes a compliant and fearful one
Glenn Greenwald, No Place to Hide (via mouthbeef)