Monday, July 8, 2013

New Snowden interview: NSA ‘collects all communications’ in United States

Image : screenshot Guardian’s interview
Madison Ruppert
Activist Post

In a newly released interview with the Guardian filmed June 6 and released today, Edward Snowden accurately predicts how the U.S. government will react to his move to leak information on the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs.

Snowden also makes it clear that “the NSA doesn’t limit itself to foreign intelligence.”

“It collects all communications that transit the United States,” Snowden said.

“There are literally no ingress or egress points in the continental United States where communications either enter or exit without being monitored, collected and analyzed,” Snowden said.

Indeed, as we now know, the NSA surveillance has been considerably more pervasive than the American people were led to believe.

This latest scandal has been characterized by the twisting of language and cleverly worded statements from all involved, leading most casual observers to be completely misled.

Even the NSA’s fact sheet contained significant inaccuracies, according to senators.

In the case of the collection of all U.S. phone records held by Verizon, Snowden said the NSA is “using an authority that was intended to be used to seek warrants against individuals and they’re applying it to the whole of society by basically subverting a corporate partnership through major telecommunications providers.”

“They’re getting everyone’s calls, everyone’s call records, and everyone’s internet traffic as well,” Snowden said.

“On top of that you’ve got Boundless Informant, which is sort of a global auditing system for the NSA’s intercept and collection system that lets us track how much we’re collecting, where we’re collecting, by which authorities and so forth,” Snowden continued.

“The NSA lied about the existence of this tool to Congress and to specific Congressman in response to previous inquiries about their surveillance activities,” Snowden said.

“Beyond that we’ve got PRISM, which is a demonstration of how the U.S. government co-opts U.S. corporate power to its own ends,” he said.

“Companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, they all get together with the NSA and provide the NSA with direct access to the back ends of the systems you use to communicate, to store data, to put things in the cloud and even just to send birthday wishes and keep a record of your life,” he said.

Interestingly, Snowden was able to perfectly predict what the U.S. government’s reaction to the release of the information would be.

“I think the government’s going to launch an investigation, I think they’re going to say I’ve committed grave crimes, that I’ve violated the Espionage Act,” he said.

“They’re going to say I’ve aided our enemies in making them aware of theses systems,” Snowden said. “But that argument can be made against anybody who reveals information that points out mass surveillance systems, because fundamentally they apply equally to ourselves as they do to our enemies.”

Snowden concluded by saying that anyone who opposes the type of world in which dragnet warrantless surveillance is the norm has an obligation to act in the way they can.

Many have taken his advice, as seen in the nationwide protests on the 4th of July.

Snowden said he tried to wait and “allow our leadership to correct the excesses of government when we go to far but as I’ve watched I’ve seen that it’s not occurring and in fact we’re compounding the excesses of prior governments and making it worse and more invasive.”

“And no one is really standing to stop it,” he said.

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dale said...

This Snowden guy seems totally intelligent and coherent. I agree with everything he is saying. He has a keen, inside knowledge of how all the dots are connected.

Why is exposing crimes a crime?

Christine Erikson (aka Justina) said...

someone pointed out, that when NSA or other govt. elements publically say they are doing this, but that it is a good thing, that is okay, it is only when it is revealed and said to be a bad thing that they get mad at you.

whether it is legal (with twists and turns of legislation probably buried in other legislation) or not, this has been going on since the 1960s. of course by now it is more efficient. But Snowden put it on the front page. Same deal with Gary Webb, books like CIA and the Politics of Heroin only reached those who bought the book, or got it at a library, but Webb brought it up to date with the cocaine issue and put it on the front page of a large circulation newspaper, which of course got commented on in other newspapers, and this was a respectable source as were the other, non alternative, newspapers and maybe TV comments.

paul muench said...

I feel Snowden is smart and is geuinly concerned for the rights and liberties of our citizens. Why would anyone put themself in his position if they werent committed to their values. He is a targeted individual and I am sure many in these shadowy government agencies would love to see him dead. Kill him now and we will know he is right. Times are changing and I am all for busting open the corruption and lies behind all government. Thank you Mr. Snowden and know that the truth will always prevail and that light always beats the dark. Peace and blessings to all.of humanity.

paul muench said...

Dale I agree with you 100% . It took a lots of guts to do what he has done. As citizens of this country it is our duty to speak up when one sees injustice and corruption. People must support him or we are all gonna suffer .

Anonymous said...

The Dictators of America are Typically attempting to Deflect Attention away from their own Obvious Guilt.

They are doing this by having the American Public think of the Constitutionally based whistleblower Edward Snowden, as having to be either a Hero or a traitor, and they are using this Deception, because they know that he is a Constitutionally based Patriot.

The best People to Judge on this would be the Founding Fathers of America, who wisely gave America its Constitution with the Hope of Minimizing Traitors, who will always make an Appearance, but their main Hope was to Prevent Military Dictatorships in America.

I believe; based on their Writings, that they would say that there are Only Patriots and Traitors in America, rather than Heroes.

This is because Edward Snowden only did what any American Patriot would have done under these Circumstances, which the Founding Fathers had warned American on Many Occasions that attempts for Dictatorship would Occasionally be Lurking in America.

The Founding Fathers would also consider Bradley Manning a Patriot, because they did not want America to fight Foreign Wars.

The Founding Fathers would also give Commendation to the Journalist Julian Assange, who is a Member of Journalist Union, because they believed in the Freedom of the Press.

The Founding Fathers knew that Freedom of the Press is Essential to a Democracy, but the Bribed and Corrupted American Mainstream Media who should be the Fourth Estate in a Democracy, have become the Fifth Column against the American People.

The Dictators of America have even Intimated any Potential Resistance to creating a Military Dictatorship in America with Unwarranted Snooping on their Taxation Records.

We now know why the Dictators of America are Persecuting these young People who have a Right to Freedom, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and Threatening and Snooping on those Americans and Foreigners who Disagree with the Dictators of America.

In any Democracy, there will always be Genuine Difference of Opinions, but the Dictators of America have shown that they will Persecute and Pervert the Course of Justice of those who disagree with them.

There is some of the Espionage Act which is Greatly Flawed, because it does not allow People to have a Different Opinion to that of the Dictators of America at .

America with the help of their Allies and Puppets has been Conducting Mass Surveillance, Snooping, Eavesdropping, and Recording on the Rest of the World including their Leaders, and they have been doing the Same to nearly all Americans.

Exactly like John Edgar Hoover, they may have the Dirt on American Federal Politicians, and so the Spy Agencies may easily be a Conspiratorial Partner in America’s Dictatorial Shadow Government, along with some of the FBI, and some of the State Police.

Surely, it was no Surprise to Possible Terrorists that Understood what the Patriot Act means to them, and how to try to work around it, because the Patriot Act has always been Widely Publicized and on the Public Record.

It is said that there are 1.5 million Adult People working for the American Spying Agencies, and America Has 130 Million Housing Units. 18 Million Are Vacant at .

There are approximately 113 Million Housing Units for 1.5 Million People to Continuously Conduct Mass Surveillance Snooping, Eavesdropping, and Recording, and this makes one Snoop for every 75 Homes.

Each Snoop has Neighbors, along with Friends, Family, and Acquaintances, and along with Nagging Demands of their Mothers and Aunts to Snoop, Eavesdrop, and Record.

This makes a Group of at least 50 Million Homes, or approximately 50 % of Americans that are just of Personal Interest to the Snoops, their Busybody Families and their Busybody Friends, who are being Continually Snooped On, even though they have no connection to terrorism, or issues regarding national security.

Anonymous said...

I told you guys snowden is a limited
hang out ..tnx rappoport..he's good
looking and what good Intel
Story wouldn't include sex...a gf who
Is a go go dancer

Even the Ron Paul followers who are
Supposed to be pretty high up in
The IQ chain choose to flock to
This limited hangout...

Thanks ms Ruppert for the story

Anonymous said...

I agree he is very together. It takes courage to do what he did.i do not see where this man committed any crime. I'm embarrassed to be from this sneaky country now. I don't want to see Snowden go through what manning is unfortunately going through. Can't someone just do right and give this man a place to live. He's done nothing wrong. Hope manning is acquitted. And Snowden changes laws on whistle blowing.and is free. He has my support. Look what happened to Hastings.we must keep this alive on all posts.

Anonymous said...

Iam in total support of this man. He's very intelligent. And seems to have it all together. I'm embarrassed our country is like this.and what there doing to manning. And did to Michael Hastings. We must keep voicing our opinion to help snowden

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