The old adage says that when America sneezes, Europe catches the cold. How true! In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, America went hysterical and overreacted by enacting the USA Patriot Act of 2001. Europe, always eager to emulate America’s silliest mistakes within a delay of a few years, adopted the European Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC). Of course, this directive is currently being turned into national laws by barely resisting parliaments… and there is nothing we can do to stop this Orwellian madness, because even the staunchest champions of civil liberties, once in a position of power, are slowly caving in to the tremendous pro-surveillance pressure.
So, the cat is finally out of the bag. Whistle blower platform WikiLeaks started the release of confidential and secret diplomatic cables from US Embassies all around the world to the State Department on cablegate.wikileaks.org (Update 2010/12/14: mirror). As I’m writing this, 598 cables out of 251,287 are available online with more to come every day.