27 Edward Snowden Quotes About U.S. Government Spying That Should Send A Chill Up Your Spine

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By Michael Snyder, the economic collapse

Would you be willing to give up what Edward Snowden has given up? He has given up his high paying job, his home, his girlfriend, his family, his future and his freedom just to expose the monolithic spy machinery that the U.S. government has been secretly building to the world. He says that he does not want to live in a world where there isn’t any privacy. He says that he does not want to live in a world where everything that he says and does is recorded. Thanks to Snowden, we now know that the U.S. government has been spying on us to a degree that most people would have never even dared to imagine. Up until now, the general public has known very little about the U.S. government spy grid that knows almost everything about us.

But making this information public is going to cost Edward Snowden everything. Essentially, his previous life is now totally over. And if the U.S. government gets their hands on him, he will be very fortunate if he only has to spend the next several decades rotting in some horrible prison somewhere. There is a reason why government whistleblowers are so rare. And most Americans are so apathetic that they wouldn’t even give up watching their favorite television show for a single evening to do something good for society. Most Americans never even try to make a difference because they do not believe that it will benefit them personally. Meanwhile, our society continues to fall apart all around us. Hopefully the great sacrifice that Edward Snowden has made will not be in vain. Hopefully people will carefully consider what he has tried to share with the world. The following are 27 quotes from Edward Snowden about U.S. government spying that should send a chill up your spine…

#1 “The majority of people in developed countries spend at least some time interacting with the Internet, and Governments are abusing that necessity in secret to extend their powers beyond what is necessary and appropriate.”

#2 “…I believe that at this point in history, the greatest danger to our freedom and way of life comes from the reasonable fear of omniscient State powers kept in check by nothing more than policy documents.”

#3 “The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to.”

#4 “…I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”

#5 “The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything.”

#6 “With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your e-mails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your e-mails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.”

#7 “Any analyst at any time can target anyone. Any selector, anywhere… I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge, to even the President…”

#8 “To do that, the NSA specifically targets the communications of everyone. It ingests them by default. It collects them in its system and it filters them and it analyzes them and it measures them and it stores them for periods of time simply because that’s the easiest, most efficient and most valuable way to achieve these ends. So while they may be intending to target someone associated with a foreign government, or someone that they suspect of terrorism, they are collecting YOUR communications to do so.”

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Fliqués par Internet… et contents de l’être !

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Par Marie Delarue, Boulevard Voltaire

Changement d’époque, changement de paradigmes, tiraillements entre désirs et nécessités, revendications libertaires et désir fou de protection tous azimuts. Chacun se « facebookise », se met en scène, « tweete » à tout va. Croit se planquer derrière des pseudos pour balancer sur la Toile tout ce qui lui passe par la tête, ses coups de cœur comme ses humeurs. Il y a là-dedans du plaisant et du déplaisant, du zélateur et de la délation, de l’info et de la désinfo…

On s’angoisse parce que la Toile, comme celle de l’araignée – son modèle -, est une extraordinaire machine à piéger. Plus efficace encore, elle ne se contente pas de retenir dans ses rets ceux qui s’y précipitent, mais elle remonte le fil jusqu’à sa source. Nous tenons là, sans même souvent en avoir conscience, la véritable machine à remonter le temps.

Les États-Unis excellent en cette matière. Piégeurs en chef, on sait qu’ils sont désormais planqués à l’entrée et à la sortie de tous les réseaux, avec leurs gigantesques oreilles intergalactiques et leurs filets à papillons intersidéraux. Le jeune informaticien qui, la semaine dernière, a révélé au monde les dessous du programme PRISM autorisant la NSA et la CIA à fliquer toutes nos connections, vient de révéler son identité au Guardian. Il s’appelle Edward Snowden, a 29 ans, et est parti se réfugier à Hong Kong. Petit frère du soldat Bradley Manning, le fournisseur des données à WikiLeaks dont le procès se tient actuellement, Snowden pense lui aussi avoir rendu service à la planète. Il avoue : « Je n’ai aucune idée de ce que sera mon avenir”, espérant simplement ne pas être extradé vers les États-Unis. Nul doute que pour avoir dénoncé la surveillance, ses faits et gestes seront les premiers surveillés. Il va être – il est déjà – l’homme le plus traqué, physiquement et virtuellement. Au nom de la sûreté nationale, il sera attrapé, même si, comme il le dit, il envisage de demander l’asile à l’Islande. Mais à quel titre, au fait ? Réfugié politique ? Réfugié numérique ?

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