Tuesday, June 11, 2013

27 Edward Snowden Quotes About U.S. Government Spying That Should Send A Chill Up Your Spine

Michael Snyder
Activist Post

Would you be willing to give up what Edward Snowden has given up?  He has given up his high paying job, his home, his girlfriend, his family, his future and his freedom just to expose the monolithic spy machinery that the U.S. government has been secretly building to the world.  He says that he does not want to live in a world where there isn't any privacy.  He says that he does not want to live in a world where everything that he says and does is recorded.  Thanks to Snowden, we now know that the U.S. government has been spying on us to a degree that most people would have never even dared to imagine.

Up until now, the general public has known very little about the U.S. government spy grid that knows almost everything about us.  But making this information public is going to cost Edward Snowden everything.  Essentially, his previous life is now totally over.  And if the U.S. government gets their hands on him, he will be very fortunate if he only has to spend the next several decades rotting in some horrible prison somewhere.  There is a reason why government whistleblowers are so rare.  And most Americans are so apathetic that they wouldn't even give up watching their favorite television show for a single evening to do something good for society.  Most Americans never even try to make a difference because they do not believe that it will benefit them personally.  Meanwhile, our society continues to fall apart all around us.  Hopefully the great sacrifice that Edward Snowden has made will not be in vain.  Hopefully people will carefully consider what he has tried to share with the world.

The following are 27 quotes from Edward Snowden about U.S. government spying that should send a chill up your spine...

#1 "The majority of people in developed countries spend at least some time interacting with the Internet, and Governments are abusing that necessity in secret to extend their powers beyond what is necessary and appropriate."

#2 "...I believe that at this point in history, the greatest danger to our freedom and way of life comes from the reasonable fear of omniscient State powers kept in check by nothing more than policy documents."

#3 "The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to."

#4 "...I can't in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building."

#5 "The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything."

#6 "With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your e-mails or your wife's phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your e-mails, passwords, phone records, credit cards."

#7 "Any analyst at any time can target anyone. Any selector, anywhere... I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge, to even the President..."

#8 "To do that, the NSA specifically targets the communications of everyone. It ingests them by default. It collects them in its system and it filters them and it analyzes them and it measures them and it stores them for periods of time simply because that's the easiest, most efficient and most valuable way to achieve these ends. So while they may be intending to target someone associated with a foreign government, or someone that they suspect of terrorism, they are collecting YOUR communications to do so."

#9 "I believe that when [senator Ron] Wyden and [senator Mark] Udall asked about the scale of this, they [the NSA] said it did not have the tools to provide an answer. We do have the tools and I have maps showing where people have been scrutinized most. We collect more digital communications from America than we do from the Russians."

#10 "...they are intent on making every conversation and every form of behavior in the world known to them."

#11 "Even if you're not doing anything wrong, you're being watched and recorded. ...it's getting to the point where you don't have to have done anything wrong, you simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong call, and then they can use this system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you've ever made, every friend you've ever discussed something with, and attack you on that basis, to sort of derive suspicion from an innocent life."

#12 "Allowing the U.S. government to intimidate its people with threats of retaliation for revealing wrongdoing is contrary to the public interest."

#13 "Everyone everywhere now understands how bad things have gotten — and they’re talking about it. They have the power to decide for themselves whether they are willing to sacrifice their privacy to the surveillance state."

#14 "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."

#15 "I don't want to live in a world where there's no privacy, and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity."

#16 "I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong."

#17 "I had been looking for leaders, but I realized that leadership is about being the first to act."

#18 "There are more important things than money. If I were motivated by money, I could have sold these documents to any number of countries and gotten very rich."

#19 "The great fear that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change. [People] won't be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things... And in the months ahead, the years ahead, it's only going to get worse. [The NSA will] say that... because of the crisis, 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 turnkey tyranny."

#20 "I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant."

#21 "You can't come up against the world's most powerful intelligence agencies and not accept the risk."

#22 "I know the media likes to personalize political debates, and I know the government will demonize me."

#23 "We have got a CIA station just up the road – the consulate here in Hong Kong – and I am sure they are going to be busy for the next week. And that is a concern I will live with for the rest of my life, however long that happens to be."

#24 "I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, and that the return of this information to the public marks my end."

#25 "There’s no saving me."

#26 "The only thing I fear is the harmful effects on my family, who I won't be able to help any more. That's what keeps me up at night."

#27 "I do not expect to see home again."

Would you make the same choice that Edward Snowden made?  Most Americans would not.  One CNN reporter says that he really admires Snowden because he has tried to get insiders to come forward with details about government spying for years, but none of them were ever willing to...
As a digital technology writer, I have had more than one former student and colleague tell me about digital switchers they have serviced through which calls and data are diverted to government servers or the big data algorithms they've written to be used on our e-mails by intelligence agencies. I always begged them to write about it or to let me do so while protecting their identities. They refused to come forward and believed my efforts to shield them would be futile. "I don't want to lose my security clearance. Or my freedom," one told me.
And if the U.S. government has anything to say about it, Snowden is most definitely going to pay for what he has done.  In fact, according to the Daily Beast, a directorate known as "the Q Group" is already hunting Snowden down...
The people who began chasing Snowden work for the Associate Directorate for Security and Counterintelligence, according to former U.S. intelligence officers who spoke on condition of anonymity. The directorate, sometimes known as “the Q Group,” is continuing to track Snowden now that he’s outed himself as The Guardian’s source, according to the intelligence officers.
If Snowden is not already under the protection of some foreign government (such as China), it will just be a matter of time before U.S. government agents get him.

And how will they treat him once they find him?  Well, one reporter overheard a group of U.S. intelligence officials talking about how Edward Snowden should be "disappeared".  The following is from a Daily Mail article that was posted on Monday...
A group of intelligence officials were overheard yesterday discussing how the National Security Agency worker who leaked sensitive documents to a reporter last week should be 'disappeared.'
Foreign policy analyst and editor at large of The Atlantic, Steve Clemons, tweeted about the 'disturbing' conversation after listening in to four men who were sitting near him as he waited for a flight at Washington's Dulles airport.
'In Dulles UAL lounge listening to 4 US intel officials saying loudly leaker & reporter on #NSA stuff should be disappeared recorded a bit,' he tweeted at 8:42 a.m. on Saturday.

According to Clemons, the men had been attending an event hosted by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.
As an American, I am deeply disturbed that the U.S. government is embarrassing itself in front of the rest of the world like this.

The fact that we are collecting trillions of pieces of information on people all over the planet is a massive embarrassment and the fact that our politicians are defending this practice now that it has been exposed is a massive embarrassment.

If the U.S. government continues to act like a Big Brother police state, then the rest of the world will eventually conclude that is exactly what we are.  At that point we become the "bad guy" and we lose all credibility with the rest of the planet.

This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse Blog.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

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Anonymous said...

If we didn't have such a neo-fascist government, we'd be giving the highest national medals to guys like Snowden, Manning, Assange, etc., and groups like OWS and Anonymous and we'd be locking up the real criminal element in our society - our elected officials and their Wall Street masters!

Anonymous said...

Is it my imagination or is this not common knowledge? If knowing about how the defense industry works is a crime than please label me a terrorist. As a kid growing up I used to tell people about space satellites and how they can see a penny clear as day from space. They would look at me like I was crazy. Picture this for a moment. Microsoft has a network of powerful satellites locked up in grid formation video taping every square inch of the earth Look into the Top Secret America story in the Washington Post and follow the research. It is absolutely spectacular how far the secret government and it's powers have spread. It will only take one moment for this fragile society to break when it does be ready. Fend for the good of all people and help one another. We can only begin to build as a team. Far too easy to destroy. Much better to build and reach higher planes.

Anonymous said...

@ anon 7:50 pm - Assange is a globalist agent with a Rothschild lawyer. Furthermore, he is hostile to the 9/11 truth movement and has made past statements that reveal an accepting view of authoritarianism contrary to his public image. I point this out because as Jon Rappoport and others wisely remind us, sometimes these dramatic revelations are part of a larger scheme to manipulate the masses and the person at the center of the psyop could be a willing agent or simply unwittingly duped into serving a large complex agenda.

BTW, I agree that there are many who deserve our most heartfelt appreciation for their bravery and often for having paid the ultimate sacrifice. Sadly, most Americans will never know their names. An example that comes to mind is the group of soldiers and officers who met untimely deaths after exposing the "lost nuke" episode connected to Minot AFB during the Bush administration (detailed in a Global Research article).

Never forget that one of the mantras of TPTB is the end justifies the means. We see it all the times now.

Lucidles said...

Michael Snyder says this

"If the U.S. government continues to act like a Big Brother police state, then the rest of the world will eventually conclude that is exactly what we are. At that point we become the "bad guy" and we lose all credibility with the rest of the planet.

Well no offense but the rest of the world have thought this for years. The Americans seem to think they are thought of as something to aspire to. I'm sorry but that idea is self delusional. I think the straw that finally broke the camels back was the Iraq so called war. Everyone knew it was about oil and the myth of WMDs was believed by very few. The USA has got a big task to get people to believe they are still the "good guys".

Anonymous said...

I could and would do what Edward Snowden has done, but not if I had a wife and/or kids!

As long as the federal government of the united states are the enemy of the people, I will no longer consider myself a citizen under them!

I am a citizen of the state of Arizona! I am a citizen of the United STATES of America!

However, I am not a citizen of the mostly illegal federal government!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Snowden! Thank you very much!

BattleStarGalactica said...

the term the United Stated of America refers to the corporate entity that the US has become.

I do believe that the US started as a republic and was refereed to as the United States.

IMHO it seems that most countries on the planet are or have become nothing more then corporations that do the bidding of their corporate overlords and the clowns running our so called governments are nothing more then CEO's

All I can say from where I am sitting things seem a little fishy with this Snow Job dealio...
what will the parasites that be send down the pike next??

Doreen Agostino said...

The truth is being unveiled organically, for this tract of humans to evolve beyond deception, to cooperation, and healing the past, which make way for a new unified, coherent reality, foretold as 2012.

I invite you to watch the Foster and Kim Gamble video

Sign the petition http://www2.ae911truth.org/signpetition.php

If you don't believe it at least explore it http://www.ae911truth.org/

Join the conversation http://www.thrivemovement.com/foster_gamble_blog

Anonymous said...

"As an American, I am deeply disturbed that the U.S. government is embarrassing itself in front of the rest of the world like this."

You're 'disturbed' that the US government is 'embarrassing' itself?

Dude, your priorities are wacked. Don't be disturbed that they're 'embarrassing' us-- get pissed! Because the US government supposedly represents all US citizens.

Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ, people, give the petitions a fucking rest. They don't accomplish shit. Real action needs to take the place of pansy assed petitions. Signing a petition makes most people feel and fuzzy and warm inside, like they've actually accomplished something. But nothing changes because nobody has FORCED change yet.

Anonymous said...

well then 'anonymous' start something!

madranger said...

I know that so many of the brave whistle-blowers bucking a ridiculous "law";the Espionage Act are risking a great deal...possibly their lives.

You are my heroes. What I hope for is for your courage and love for the Constitution and the U.S.A.to inspire some of the many perps of 9/11 to come forward.

I really don't doubt that some of them have consciences. If they could get together in one gathering place like a few did once before at "the Boston Tavern"; and then come in mass to any publisher that had the independent guts to show their knowledge to the world, it would be a huge step in cleaning up a fascist mess.

Anonymous said...

It is past time that we no longer be afraid of external threats to our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Instead we need to unite as Americans, no matter our race, religion, or creed, arm in arm, and say what is in our hearts, NO MORE! Big government we now know does not work for the people.

Anonymous said...

This man is the spy to worry about not "The Government"Unfortunately.

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