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Snowden Says His Mission Is Accomplished

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes | about 4 months ago

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Edward Snowden met with reporters from the Washington Post for fourteen hours and in his first interview since June reflected at length about surveillance, democracy and the meaning of the documents he exposed. “For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished. I already won,” says Snowden. ““All I wanted was for the public to be able to have a say in how they are governed. That is a milestone we left a long time ago. Right now, all we are looking at are stretch goals.” Snowden says that the NSA’s business is “information dominance,” the use of other people’s secrets to shape events. But Snowden upended the agency on its own turf. “You recognize that you’re going in blind, that there’s no model,” says Snowden, acknowledging that he had no way to know whether the public would share his views. “But when you weigh that against the alternative, which is not to act, you realize that some analysis is better than no analysis. Because even if your analysis proves to be wrong, the marketplace of ideas will bear that out." Snowden succeeded because the NSA, accustomed to watching without being watched, faces scrutiny it has not endured since the 1970s, or perhaps ever and says people who accuse him of disloyalty mistake his purpose. “I am not trying to bring down the NSA, I am working to improve the NSA. I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don’t realize it.” Snowden also said he is confident he did not expose secret documents to Chinese intelligence in Hong Kong and he did not bring them to Russia. “There’s nothing on it,” Snowden said, turning his laptop screen toward his visitor. “My hard drive is completely blank.” Snowden says " there is no evidence at all for the claim that I have loyalties to Russia or China or any country other than the United States." “If I defected at all,” says Snowden, “I defected from the government to the public.”"

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Government *OF* the people (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#45773617)

âoeIf I defected at all,â says Snowden, âoeI defected from the government to the public.â

The government of the United States of America has turned into a monster.

Instead of a government *OF* the people, it's a government consists of willing slaves to the ruling elites, and they have worked so hard to fulfil the wishes of their masters.

Re:Government *OF* the people (1)

macpacheco (1764378) | about 4 months ago | (#45773845)

Like as if this started now or even after 9/11.
Let's compare today with 20 years ago, the early internet times, there was no slashdot, no tweeter, no facebook, no google, e-mail was used by very few people, no VOIP.
Trying to pin this on Obama is wrong.
And 9/11 only formalized a long standing practice.
There's nothing new, except all of it was secret before.
That's why I don't believe one word from the head of the NSA, from Obama, or the Republican and Democrats supposed to oversee that, even the FISA judges, they don't care about being honest with you, they will lie and lie and lie to protect their belief that this must continue.

The real difference is enhanced online communications is making the role of the NSA even more important, so we're starting to care.

In my opinion the issue shouldn't be if the NSA is capturing the information, but instead what the punishment will be for govt oficials that use the information even in a slightly improper manner. People must be accountable. Not only the NSA as a whole, but individuals with power to access that information.

But there has to be a real clear difference between capturing meta data and capturing the data itself.
There's plenty of evidence the whole data is being captured.
There would be no need for the enormous NSA data centers being built if they were capturing only meta data.
They must declare what they will capture, make the game crystal clear.

Re:Government *OF* the people (1)

AHuxley (892839) | about 4 months ago | (#45774185)

Its the entire US conversation to look for key words, the voice prints. Your US political views, social connections and who your calling or called you.
Its not kept as a message but every very interesting aspect is logged over your life ready to be recalled when needed :)

Re:Government *OF* the people (1)

macpacheco (1764378) | about 4 months ago | (#45776045)

Exactly, and this isn't being admitted to.
So the whole public argument is pointless, because the NSA and the ones supposed to watch over them are still lying in saying they're only collecting meta data.

There hadn't been any accountability (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#45774767)

People must be accountable

Sorry to burst your bubble.

The government of the United States of America has never been accountable for anything.

"Accountability" is a word that you will never find in the dictionary the bureaucrats are using.

Back in 1993, in Waco, Texas, 20 children were burned to death. 18 of the children were American, with one British and one Australian.

Until today, 20 years later, no one from the government of the United States, not anyone from the ATF, not Janet Reno, nor Bill Clinton, has been held accountable for the death of the 20 innocent children.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waco_siege [wikipedia.org]

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