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From " Journeyman Pictures" , a very clear, powerful, clever and articulate interview of Edward Snowden with the transcript.
He explains why, on moral grounds, he has risked his life and freedom 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"
"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.
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
A.C.L.U. Files Suit Over Phone Surveillance Program | @scoopit http://sco.lt/8MBPw9