The man behind the largest leak of classified information in the history of the US National Security Agency (NSA) has chosen to make his identity public, despite the potential consequences for himself and his loved ones.
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WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its “dragnet” collection of logs of domestic phone calls, contending that the once-secret program — whose existence was exposed by a former National Security Agency contractor last week — is illegal and asking a judge to both stop it and order the records purged......
The program “gives the government a comprehensive record of our associations and public movements, revealing a wealth of detail about our familial, political, professional, religious and intimate associations,” the complaint says, adding that it “is likely to have a chilling effect on whistle-blowers and others who would otherwise contact” the A.C.L.U. for legal assistance............
....Congress never openly voted to authorize the N.S.A. to collect logs of hundreds of millions of domestic phone calls, but the administration notes that some lawmakers were briefed on the program. Some members of Congress have backed it as a useful counterterrorism tool, while others have denounced it.
“The administration claims authority to sift through details of our private lives because the Patriot Act says that it can,” Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, Republican of Wisconsin, wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Sunday. “I disagree. I authored the Patriot Act, and this is an abuse of ............
......Still, even with such restrictions, privacy advocates say the mere existence of the database will inevitably erode the sense of living in a free society: from now on, whenever Americans pick up a phone, before dialing they now face the consideration of whether they want the record of that call to go into the government’s permanent files.
Moreover, while use of the database may currently be limited to terrorism, history has shown that new powers granted to the government for one purpose often end up being applied to others. An expanded search warrant authority that Congress granted in the Patriot Act justified by the Sept. 11 attacks, for example, was used far more often in routine investigations like ......
The dangers of a surveillance state: Clear, powerful interview of Edward Snowden, NSA Whistle-blower : - ... | @scoopit
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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.
"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.
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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