Radiohead, like most of us humans, weren’t too thrilled to discover that Big Brother’s been keeping tabs on our every move. I imagine Thom Yorke & co. will hate this even more: A new report by The Intercept claims that Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters has been operating an extensive surveillance program under the code name “Karma Police”. Oh, the irony.
ok NSA .. so where am I right now? 'incidentally' ? look I'm waving ... http://t.co/8ETgZb1Xnm— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) December 5, 2013
According to documents obtained by The Intercept through NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden (via Pitchfork), operation “Karma Police” was launched about seven years ago (seemingly unchecked and “without any public debate or scrutiny”), and has successfully collected over one trillion records of people’s browsing histories, instant messages, texts, emails, and more. The goal of the program is to create “profiles” of each internet user and follow closely those who appear “suspicious.”
The “Karma Police” name wasn’t explained or discussed in the documents, so it’s entirely plausible that GCHQ came up with it on their own. Radiohead have yet to comment on the report.
Below, revisit “Karma Police” (the OK Computer song, that is).