How Republicans and Democrats Strengthen Secret Surveillance in the United States


Abstract

The purpose of the paper is to assess the relationship  between secrecy and transparency in the pre- and post-Snowden eras  in the United States. The Author analyzes, from both political and legal perspectives, the sources and outcomes of the U.S. politics of  national security with a special focus on domestic and intelligence  surveillance measures. The core argument of the paper is that, due  to the role of the executive which has always promoted the culture   of secrecy, there is no chance for the demanded transparency in  national security surveillance, despite the controlling powers of the legislative and judiciary. As the analysis proves, the United  States in the post-Snowden era seems to be the most transparent and  secretive state, at the same time.


Keywords

politics of surveillance; secrecy; transparency; national security; separation of powers; United States; Snowden

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Laidler, P. (2020). How Republicans and Democrats Strengthen Secret Surveillance in the United States. Political Preferences, (25), 5-20. https://doi.org/10.31261/polpre.2019.25.5-20

Paweł Laidler  pawel.laidler@uj.edu.pl
Jagiellonian University, Poland  Poland
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1338-3285




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