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

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.

Ever heard of Susan Lindauer? Sibel Edmonds? Philip Agee? Anthony Taguba? Probably not. No one will remember Edward Snowden next year either, nor will legal or illegal spying cause any outrage, or even merit any attention, outside of narrow interest groups and professional partisans. In the 2000s, the bypassing of the rubber stamp FISA court became a long running scandal, until it wasn’t anymore.

There is a certain irony that there’s supposed to be outrage that Facebook may be sharing your information with the NSA, the information that you give Facebook for free.

“You have zero privacy anyway, so get over it.” — Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun Microsystems, 1999

Sheeple: People unable to think for themselves

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. …

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

  1. Youth.
    He should’ve remained and siphoned off info to leak. Do that for 25 more years and you have served the cause.
    But w/youth, the principle (and making a point) is enough, not results… all part of the Judeo-Liberal Orthodoxy.
    I compliment him for his sacrifice and hopefully he won’t get “accidented,” but the effect is nil, or even serving TPTB b/c it ultimately is further desensitization.

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  2. Every prominant WN has made that choice. I’m not going to worship that guy because of it. WN has hundreds of martyrs.

    Privacy is dead. The internet will soon be completely a system tool. Democracy is not a good cause to die for. He was foolish. He’s one of those white, nerdy, internet freedom type liberals.

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  3. It’s too early to call him a martyr. I don’t have strong opinions on what he did or what he exposed but I find it interesting that he’s hiding behind the apron of China, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador, who are all teaming up to stick it to the US. It kind of shows the absurdity of this whole thing: expose the illiberal authoritarianism of the US government and then try to find an even more illiberal and authoritarian government to give you asylum. Reminds me of Assange getting the show on RT, the English-language Kremlin propaganda channel

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    1. I’d guess it’s standard SOP for enemies of the regime to gain asylum in opposing regimes, regardless of the nature of opposing regimes. Comparing USA and Russia on a moral level is not useful in my opinion; I’ll leave that as an exercise for patriots, though I’ll be the first to admit personal freedom in the USA is probably higher than anywhere. In the communist era there may have been some pretense that the USSR was on the side of the “workers” and had some sort of ideological sympathy to the cause, but as we’re at the end of history and globalist liberal democracy is nearly universal there’s no real ideological opposition, except for traditionalist societies like Islam. As Chomsky said, the third world communist movements were mostly nationalist and anti-colonialist; the USSR simply supported these regimes as proxies against USA.

      If Snowden is a martyr it’s a pointless sacrifice. The general public simply does not care – the real fight over spying is between the large internet companies like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook and the government itself. Citizen/consumer privacy is not the concern, it’s likely an economic fight; the government wants access to all that data for free, the companies want to get paid for it.

      Like bypassing the FISA court post-9/11, this will be a scandal for a while, some groups will voice concern, then the media will stop covering it and the average citizen will forget.

      I half think the modern reality can be termed technocratic post-democracy. Control the voting machines, control the democracy even more precisely than you could with mass propaganda. We’re even seeing an interesting economic development away from fungible currency; airline miles and other corporate “point systems” – not to mention the gaming world’s virtual economies such as Half Life – are moving closer and closer to taking on the nature of company scrip. The globalist left can easily be seen as the useful idiots of the global corporations, read Empire, the Communist Manifesto of the 21st Century and their notions of post-nationalism. These ideas have reached elite media like the NYT when they suggest non-citizen voting and post-nationalism.

      The NSA’s job is spying, what’s far more concerning is private groups like ADL (an intelligence agency with ties to foreign services) getting access to law enforcement data, then using it for political repression. That’s a political problem, not a technical one.

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