Full Interview: Edward Snowden On Trump, Privacy, And Threats To Democracy

Full Interview: Edward Snowden On Trump, Privacy, And Threats To Democracy

Edward Snowden discusses how government spying on their citizens affect our freedoms of speech and freedom of thought. 

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  • We are focussing on regulating on the use of citizen's data, which implies  We should also be discussing the Governments justify spying on their citizens by saying it helps prevent terrorism attacks but at least two independent commissions set up to find out if this is true, reveal that all this spying, this invasion of an entire nation's privacy, has not resulted or led to a concrete difference to stopping a specific terrorist attack, even after more than ten years of collecting people's data. "Mass surveillance is not about public safety. It is not about terrorism. It is about power. It is about economic espionage, diplomatic manipulation and social influence." 
  • Half of the 10 Ammendements in the American constitution intentionally makes life harder for governments and law-enforcement. The Founding Fathers of America recognised that: "The more efficient a government is, the more dangerous it is. We want the government to be too efficient, just efficient enough, because governments hold extraordinary power in our lives. We want governments to be using powers that is necessary and proportionate to whatever or whoever they are investigating. When the government is getting by the skin of their teeth, the people are free. The government should be afraid of the people. People should not be afraid of the government."
  • "What is legal is not always moral."
  • "Facts are more important than our emotions". "Facts have to matter more than feelings". (In the context of making decisions that affect millions of people). 
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