The new arms trade: dirty buggers who spy on all of us

The Lima arms love-in over, watch out for other dirty buggers

People are morally outraged by the traditional arms trade, but they don’t realize that the sale of software and equipment that allows oppressive regimes to monitor the movements, communications and Internet activity of entire populations is just as dangerous. [Sophisticated technology] is facilitating detention, torture and execution and potentially smothering the flames of another Arab Spring.
Privacy International,
a London-based group that seeks to limit government surveillance