A prime aim of the growing Surveillance State

Summary: 
"...the common thread in the Swartz and Manning persecutions -- as well as similar cases such as ..., the FBI's ongoing investigation of pro-Palestinian peace activists, and even the vindictive harassment of White House/DADT protester Dan Choi -- is the growing efforts to punish and criminalize non-violent protests, as a means of creating a climate of fear that will deter similar dissent."
Media Outlet: 
Salon