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Newsy's video: France Running Secret Surveillance Program, Report Says

Newsy's video: France Running Secret Surveillance Program, Report Says | Brainfriendly motivating comprehension resources for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it
An investigative report by Le Monde has discovered its government is running a secret operation much like PRISM.

 

A video + TRANSCRIPT

 

Newsy's crossed sources:

 NB: http://www.worldcrunch.com/ is an excellent source of news , many from European newpapers .

 

http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2013/07/04/revelations-sur-le-big-brother-francais_3441973_3224.html

"Si les révélations sur le programme d'espionnage américain Prism ont provoqué un concert d'indignation en Europe, la France, elle, n'a que faiblement protesté. Pour deux excellentes raisons : Paris était déjà au courant. Et fait la même chose.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23178284

France 'has vast data surveillance' - Le Monde reportTelecom network cables in France The DGSE data is said to be accessed by other French intelligence agencies

France's foreign intelligence service intercepts computer and telephone data on a vast scale, like the controversial US Prism programme, according to the French daily Le Monde.

The data is stored on a supercomputer at the headquarters of the DGSE intelligence service, the paper says.The operation is "outside the law, and beyond any proper supervision", Le Monde says.

 

 http://www.worldcrunch.com/ is an excellent source of news , many from European newpapers .

http://www.worldcrunch.com/world-affairs/exclusive-french-intelligence-has-its-own-version-of-prism/dgse-prism-secret-service-france-big-brother-/c1s12643/ (source: Le Monde)
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/05/world/europe/france-surveillance-claims/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
http://www.zdnet.com/france-has-its-own-prism-system-report-7000017694/

 

A comment from a reader on http://www.zdnet.com:

Could be part of the reason why..."...Edward Snowden is having a hard time finding a government that will give him asylum. Normally, the French would be more than happy to thumb their noses at the Americans, but it doesn't make a lot of sense to if they have a PRISM program of their own.

Notice how eager the Russians are to help Snowden out (not at all).John L. Ries 5 July, 2013"


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The dangers of a surveillance state: Clear, powerful interview of Edward Snowden, NSA Whistle-blower : - transcript B2 & over

The dangers of a surveillance state: Clear, powerful interview of Edward Snowden, NSA Whistle-blower : - transcript B2 & over | Brainfriendly motivating comprehension resources for ESL EFL learners | Scoop.it

12 mn58  Also on youtube  http://youtu.be/VD4_fGS1TYs  ;    

 

From " Journeyman Pictures" , a  very clear, powerful, clever  and articulate interview of  Edward Snowden  with the transcript.

 

He  explains why  he has risked his life and freedom on moral grounds to expose  the secret world of US-sponsored digital snooping.  He is convinced  such politics  pose  a grave danger  for democracy , how it could gradually lead to tyranny.

 

From the Canadian newspaper "The Globe and Mail"

 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/secret-and-sweeping/article12433947/

 

"Prism appears to be an extension of a similar program put in place during the last days of the George W. Bush presidency. According to classified presentation slides obtained by The Washington Post and The Guardian, Microsoft was the first of the major companies to be included in the program, back in late 2007, followed by Yahoo in 2008, Google, Facebook and PalTalk in 2009, YouTube in 2010, and Skype and AOL in 2011. Most recently, Apple was added in October of 2012. On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama defended the surveillance, saying it was approved by Congress and subject to judicial oversight."

 

Other countries such as Canada, Great Britain, seem to go in this Orwellian direction which  clearly go against the basic rules of democracy and the preservation of individual freedom.

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/editorials/canadians-need-proper-debate-about-monitoring-of-phone-and-internet/article12445818/

 

Is  George Orwell turning in his grave?

 

 Who would have thought such an incredible  surveillance system would have secretly appeared in a democratic country....

 

"It's the largest intelligence leak in a generation. PRISM whistle-blower Edward Snowden has exposed a secret world of US-sponsored digital snooping. Now he explains his motives and his fear of reprisal. 

Edward Snowden is a wanted man: "all my options are bad" he mutters. And as a former NSA contracter with a decade of experience for the US Secret Services, he's got a good idea of what to expect.

 

"Yes, I could be rendered by the CIA. I could have people come after me. Or any of the third-party partners."

 

It may sound like paranoia. But Snowden knows that the biggest and most secretive surveillance organisation in America, the NSA, along with the most powerful government on the planet, is looking for him.

 

Despite this, he decided it was a moral imperative that he reveal his identity. "I have no intention of hiding who I am because I have done nothing wrong." Instead he hopes to add credibility to his claims through his decision to go public.

 

As far as Snowden is concerned, the stakes are just too high. "They'll say that because of the dangers that we face in the world, some new and unpredicted threat, we need more authority. We need more power. And there will be nothing the people can do at that point to oppose it. And it will be turn-key tyranny"."

 

And also an article and two videos:

 

"The surveillance state" NSA taps in to internet giants' systems to mine user data, secret files reveal | @scoopit  http://sco.lt/79LQrx

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