QUOTES OF THE DAY- EDWARD SNOWDEN EDITION

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Posted on 8th December 2013 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

“Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give to an American.

“If we can’t understand the policies and the programs of our government, we cannot grant our consent.”

“We have an executive [...] who will stop at nothing to persecute someone who told them the truth.”

“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.”

“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.”

“These programs don’t make us more safe. They hurt our economy. They hurt our country. They limit our ability to speak, think, live, and be creative.”

“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.”

“…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.”

“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.”

“…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.”

“The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything.”

“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…”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“I had been looking for leaders, but I realized that leadership is about being the first to act.”

“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.”

“I do not expect to see home again.”

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  1. sensetti says:

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    8th December 2013 at 9:54 am

  2. sensetti says:

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    8th December 2013 at 10:02 am

  3. sensetti says:

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    8th December 2013 at 10:12 am

  4. Erasmus says:

    Someday they will hopefully a city after this patriot. How about instead of Chicago we call it Snowden…except for the south side which we can still call Chicago.

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    8th December 2013 at 10:38 am

  5. TeresaE says:

    The American People have forgotten that G. Washington, B. Franklin, T. Jefferson, et al, were all TRAITORS and they new it.

    They risked everything to change the course of history and create a country where its citizens were not limited by birth, or connections, to become all that they could be.

    Snowden risked it all to try to stop this from being erased from history and the earth.

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    8th December 2013 at 11:29 am

  6. Chicago999444 says:

    Snowden is that rare creature, a true hero, that comes along once in a lifetime, and still more rarely at the right place and time.

    Our culture badly needs a hero. We haven’t had a real hero in at least 40 years- someone who puts everything he has, including his life, at risk for something worth defending.

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    8th December 2013 at 11:58 am

  7. Chicago999444 says:

    I’d rather let Chicago be Chicago, and give Snowden a new city named after him. He deserves a fresh start.

    Chicago can stay Chicago, and just de-annex all the crap at the southern and western edges. The police don’t want to go into those nabes, anyway.

    Just don’t foist those nabes on nice black suburbs like Calumet Park or Forest Park, which are very nice, friendly, safe places full of nice lower-middle-income black folk who maintain their property, pay their bills, and keep their kids in line. I have friends in these areas and feel very protective toward them.

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    8th December 2013 at 12:05 pm

  8. Zarathustra says:

    Putin is a hero for granting him asylum.

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    8th December 2013 at 12:29 pm

  9. NSA Bulldyke says:

    He is a traitor. He is the subject of our daily 10 minute hate session. Wake up America. Big Mother loves you.

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    8th December 2013 at 3:46 pm

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