Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th Jun 2013 21:47 UTC
Legal The former NSA employee - a man in military service in the US for a decade - has revealed himself in an interview with The Guardian. "The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife's phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards. I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things [...] I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under." He did it out of a sense of civic duty. He's in Hong Kong, and doesn't expect to ever see home again. Poor guy.
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RE[2]: What can I say?
by Dasher42 on Mon 10th Jun 2013 12:31 UTC in reply to "RE: What can I say?"
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"That guy's got some serious balls. He has my respect.

Balls, certainly. Brains? I'm not so sure. Seems like this is one of the worst things he could do at the moment.

Worst thing for whom?

He individually is in a lot of trouble, but what he's shown us is that we're all in trouble with an unprecedented tool for tyranny operating in our midst. Few of us have any choice of escaping it, and ignoring it and letting it grow has an inevitable conclusion.

I think we're at the point where everyone's security is our own, and what Snowden did gives us a chance to have a clear discussion about what our governments should be doing, and get it right.

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