They Know Everything We Do

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Abby Zimet

In an ominous sort of pilot program for global off-the-shelf surveillance no longer constrained by cost or local technological savvy, an exhaustive new report from Human Rights Watch confirms years of speculatiion by detailing for the first time how the poor but U.S.-allied regime of Ethiopia has established an abusive, widespread, state-of-the-art surveillance regime using products from the US and other countries. "They Know Everything We Do" explores how Ethiopia, under the guise of fighting terrorism, has suppressed political opposition within its borders and beyond, even spying on exiles now living in the U.S. One victim is suing his native country with the help of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. More cases here and here.

 

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