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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by ilovebeer on Thu 13th Jun 2013 16:38 UTC
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I'm American and while the news isn't all that surprising to me, I'm thoroughly pissed about it because we're no longer in the realm of speculation - our government IS doing this stuff. It IS reality. What makes me most angry is that there is nothing we can do about it. Swapping out elected officials won't change anything. Voicing our outrage won't change anything. Ultimately we have to accept that the country we think we live in and the one we actually do live in are not one in the same. Sadly, a lot of people would rather the illusion continue than to address what's really going on behind the curtain.

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