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The creation of a surveillance state is also a form of expulsion, according to Sassen, as citizens are expelled from their civil rights. However, the surveillance system is extremely ineffective when it comes to the persecution of terrorists. Recently, a secret department of the NSA has been disclosed with 4.000 employees who are to surveil other NSA personel. The main profiteer from this absurd system is the surveillance industry. The US is not yet a fascist state, says Sassen, but there is a number of „predatory formations“ which might be put together to a „turnkey state“.


Saskia Sassen, professor of sociology at Columbia University, New York, visiting professor at the London School of Economics, author of "The Global City"