Marcin Kotowski (Institute for Quantum Computing, Waterloo, Canada), http://www.math.uwaterloo.ca/~mkotowsk/
Slides (in Polish)
Post-9/11 human rights infractions, surveillance and general assault on personal freedoms by Bush's administration are quite well known. However, Bush's presidency is far from being an isolated event in this respect - similar attempts at curtailing freedom and persecuting selected ethnic and social groups had been successfully attempted in the past. In my talk, I covered briefly similar periods of increased surveillance and scapegoating, bringing to light several dark and less known periods in American history. I began with the First World War and repressions against German Americans, then moved to the first "Red Scare" - a wave of persecution of socialists, workers and leftists organizations perpetrated in the name of "national security". Then I described attacks on Mexican and Japanese minorities (including interment of 100,000 Japanese Americans during WWII). The rest of my talk was devoted to McCarthyism and surveillance operations initiated by FBI, including the notorious COINTELPRO programs
- Dana Priest, William M. Arkin "Top Secret America"
- a book describing results of a 2 year long investigation for "The Washington Post" on the cancerous growth of post-9/11 security/counterterrorism complex
- Richard Hofstadter "Anti-Intellectualism in American Life "
- analysis of anti-modern and anti-intellectual currents in American thought and society (from 17th century on)
- Jay Feldman "Manufacturing Hysteria: A History of Scapegoating, Surveillance, and Secrecy in Modern America"
- history of government surveillance and repressions from the First World War to the 1970s
- see also my review