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

“The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything.”
“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.”
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…
To do that, the NSA specifically targets the communications of everyone.

“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.”

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

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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.

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Comments

  1. It is WAY too early on to be attaching a lot of meaning to this story.  This guy could be legit or he could be a disinformation plant.  
     
    As to much more spying going on than we thought… LOL!  A lot of people here thought that they were doing MUCH more than this… and they MAY be.  Who knows?
     

    • Oh, they are! Believe me. You have no idea where it even all begins and ends… This stuff is old news… it’s just that most people hadn’t heard of this kind of stuff, except in movies.
      There’s a reason why Mr. Snowden (a hero!… a gutsy and risky one, mind you) said this was just the tip of the iceberg. The Guardian is putting together more info he gave them and so more will be coming out.
      But you know, what comes out is always just the tip of the iceberg. To give you an idea, in the early 80′s, any regular land line conversation anywhere where someone said “Reagan” and “event” or “target” or any other word in a long list of words would be automatically pinpointed and recorded and analyzed. 
      And in those days, big huge colour touch screens were not science fiction ideas that would be realized in the 21st Century…. they existed and were in use… they just made their way to civilian use (see iPhones etc.) decades later.
      We’re talking early 80′s. Fast forward 30 years…. just think what will come out technology-wise on the market as new a sleek in 2033 … :)
      You (and we) have no idea!
      But hey, if you know Jesus, it don’t matter what happens, you’ll be in Heaven when you die. If you’re not a born-again Christian, become one, it’s only going to get worse.

    • “You (and we) have no idea!”
       
      Well, as a scientist, I DO have a pretty good idea of what’s possible.  ;-)
       

  2. Doc, enough on world events. This is The Silver Doctor, Not Fox News

    • This is important stuff, take a trip over to RT.com, they have published a map of which countries that were being targeted most. The most interesting aspect was that it wasn’t the usual suspects that were being monitored the most, but the BRICS, and Germany. So, if this was an anti terrorist measure, why Germany? I think as the reporting at RT has suggested, its seeking out economic competitors and squashing them.
       
      Now it doesn’t take a genius to realise that if you control the means to collect information about trades as they happen, you can become the perfect contrarian, countermanding every trade that exists, creating perfect hedges, at will.
       
      You attach some of this data and pump it into HFT and bingo…you got the real deal full on package of the perfect virtual trader. 

    • If t hey are watching that close want to bet they know how much silver you have stashed wherever?

  3. Sad days for us all.

  4. Guess I’ll just get! a bigger paper route. It’s going to be at least three years before huge gains are recognized!

  5. The link to RS, which I found the most interesting part to all this.
     
    http://rt.com/news/germany-spied-nsa-snowden-515/

    • It’s a turf war between the NSA and CIA writ large…with unimited intercepts, the NSA has probably got a trillion or more made in the markets since the 90′s using inside info. 
      see article here:
      http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/did-someone-help-ed-snowden-punch-a-hole-in-the-nsa/
       
      Makes a lot of sense to me

    • The more I read the more I feel that this is like something that we have watched on TV…Closest I have come to was that Series called “Rubicon”…where accidents were invoked to control money for some very powerful companies.
       
      I still don’t believe that the state, in any country is in control any more. When I looked at Europe and realise how many Technocrats have been installed in governments, its hard to believe. Here in the UK, there was no need for the “old boy network” approach, they have been installed from birth, washed through Eton and taught what to say at Cambridge or Oxford. They don’t speak for us. They don’t speak for themselves. Just like the penguins out of Madagascar “Just smile and wave boys, just smile and wave.”
       
      Apparently, I don’t know where I read this, but the final order of “monitor everything” was invoked days after the Boston Bombing. Makes you think, at the same time Gold was smashed into the floor. These things are not in my opinion is not a coincidence. Its about control. 

  6. Just way too many in betweens rather on hearing from our solid Silver Guru’s. Where are they?

    • You rang? ( oh, lol) j/ k  … Just quietly pondering a new deep hiding spot for my pm’ s. Between this and the jailers database, I probably won’t see daylight for a decade… Better have a stash to access when I get out of the ” ‘re education camps” ..er I mean ” Fema camps….with, er… Backwards barbwire fences”

    • @Shamus001
       
       
      There’s the ‘ticket’. No safer ‘depository’ than ‘The Bank of Mother Earth’. Her ‘vault’ is so huge, some ‘deposits’ aren’t discovered for thousands of years if the owner dies unexpectedly. And, if that demise is underhanded, at least the poor wretch gets the last (and best) laugh!

  7. Very interesting article that should be read.
    China to Build Panama Canal Bypass Through Nicaragua
    http://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/South-America/China-to-Build-Panama-Canal-Bypass-Through-Nicaragua.html
     
    Now, in the latest sign that Washington’s sway over the region is diminishing still further, Nicaragua has announced that it will soon begin construction of a canal to compete directly with the Panama Canal further south, to be financed by – China.
     
    As with the Three Gorges Dam, Beijing is not thinking small, as the proposed canal could take 11 years to build, cost $40 billion and require digging roughly 130 miles of channel. The Panama Canal, in contrast, is 48 miles long.
     
    project intended to send “a clear signal to the countries of the world” interested in investing in the mega project, which included Venezuela, Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea and Russia.
    Notice that the U.S. is pointedly not on the list.

    • Notice that the U.S. is pointedly not on the list.”
       
      Heh, why would we be on a list of INVESTORS?  Investors HAVE money.  The US has a line of credit.  As the Chinese well know, while the US Gov does not, credit is NOT money. 

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

  9. P1616   The history of the state spying on it’s citizens. 
    The Roman Emperors had one tax collector/agent assigned to each Roman merchant to make sure taxes were collected
    Each apartment in East Germany had its own block captain spying on the residents
    Enver Hoxha, president of Albania, had the type keys of every typewriter in the country recorded, like a typewriter DNA sample, so that any typed correspendence could be traced to its owner.
    And that pesky Eschelon system at CIA Langley Virginia, could cull every phone call for its contents.  It was a 1 acre underground facility’
    The new listening post in Utah  Data Center is called, I think, Sentinel, can process 500 yottabytes
    A YB is 10 to the 24th power bytes  That is 12 to the 74th power s***loads and if you are familiar s***loads, that some dang big  ‘ole bunch of stuff.  
    If you want a large number try to compute the number of permutations of a 52 deck of cards.  That 52 factorial  52!  That is 8.0658 time 10 to the 67 power.  That is lots of s***loads to buy way bigger than a YB
    Just kidding around with numbers, but the yottabyte recording and processing power could contain every word said and written by every human since we evolved and many times that.
     
     

  10. Hi AGXIIK,
     
    And that is public domain.
     
    That’s just a snowball taken from the tip of the iceberg.
     
    Needless to say, the stuff that isn’t public domain doesn’t make its way to blogs and forums ;)

  11. There is only ONE authority in ANY country that crushes tyranny … The People. Among countries of the world, ours is unique in that our constitutions … ALL of them … recognize that power of originating authority is theirs. The problem is that government has hidden or diluted that Central Truth with legalistic circumventions in our daily lives, making it SEEM as though it is only anachronistic.

    Some of us ‘get it’ and we have a solemn obligation to find the words and manners to put that reality into focus for others around us either ‘covered over’ in blindness, or meekly hiding from it. Solemn? Yes. Because if we shrink from our duty through ANY excuse, we see enough to know that the consequences will be at LEAST as much horror as ever has been unleashed on humankind in the past, if not inconceivably more.

    Since the Law of The Land affords Americans the FIRST CHOICE to directly command government (the genuine ‘New World Order’ this country was instituted to usher onto the stage of history) we have Lawful means to crush tyranny Without resort to forcible revolt.

    Ladies and gentlemen, DO YOUR DUTY. I wrote this document as a START along this path for you to use in getting that great force of The People headed along the correct path. PLEASE … USE IT.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/146709421/Proclamation-and-Orders

  12. Waiting for Silver.  There was a saying that there are no accidents in politics.  Sometimes I wonder if that is entirely true because if all these events spinning around and sometimes out of control are not accidental;  if this is intentional, Lord help us.   If it is partly unintentional or accidental, there may be even less hope, because the monkeys have lost control. 
    The Boston Massacre martial law worked very nicely as did the gold smash.  The bombing was something other than it seemed since the Russians let elements of our government that the ‘boyz’ from Chechnya were on the loose and radicalized. If this was a false flag, then that is even more insidious.  The gold smack down probably was initiated to keep PMs supressed to buy time until whatever our government has in store for us and FIAT.  If the supression was done by the Chinese and Russians, then the reasoning could be dramatically different and spell different consequences for us.  I am not sure exactly why gold and silver were hit with an H bomb of short selling but it took tens of billions in FIAT force effect to initiate and continue the slams into the following week after April 12-15.  Only the US or China and Russia in coordination could implement it IMO. 
    There are so many events playing out right now that the contingency plans and war gaming is probably going off the charts in many countries.
    A Marine friend noted that 1,000 Marines are in Jordan on the Syria border, headed by a Lt Colonel.  They are part of a task force of about 2,500 US military with substantial materiel at the ready.  Russia is quite adamant that Syria remains their colony with their strategic placement of the Tartus Naval base.  The Mediterranean could become their pond if Turkey falls into the Russian orbit, out of NATO.  Our freindship with Turkey is quite strained due to the Islamist Ergodan and his people.  The Military has been coopted and no longer remains a bulwark against the increasing power of the Turkish president.  Turkey could go into some serious governmental lockdown and tyranny. The sentiments of the Turkish people are clearly shown in those violent videos of the police and military supressing the crowds. They smell a rat in the palace and are protesting this in what ever way they can
    So, there we go.

    • “I am not sure exactly why gold and silver were hit with an H bomb of short selling but it took tens of billions in FIAT force effect to initiate and continue the slams into the following week after April 12-15.  Only the US or China and Russia in coordination could implement it IMO.”
       
      I have been wondering about this kind of thing and am slowly becoming convinced that this is a game that is being played by those who can against those who cannot.  It might, for example, be possible for a group of traders who are either backed by the US Gov, funded by them, or who are simply working in collusion with them (no prosecutions, ever, for any reason) to keep the price of gold and silver, which ARE competitive currencies at their roots, from competing on a level playing field with totally unbacked and out of control printed fiat currency.  If such a thing is possible, they would end up buying from and selling to each other using the same pot of Monopoly money, which is to say at no cost to themselves.  This could be a bit like those hyper computer trades where thousands of buys and sells, often of the same stock, are executed per second to milk a few mils from each trade.  Somehow, though, they are not paying much, if any, fee for doing this.  None of us can do it because we DO pay trading fees and this would not be economical for any of us.  Yet, somehow, they ARE able to do it AND make money while doing it.  How?  Slight of hand and an advantage that no one else has would be my guess.  
       
      The gold and silver smashing game could be similar in design.  The old excuse of “well, they are just selling their holdings to cover other bets or to raise capital, etc. doesn’t wash because no one legitimately doing that would be doing it at the most thinly traded / least productive times possible.  No, they would be looking for legitimate buyers at the most heavily traded times to raise the most capital… UNLESS they are only interested in smashing the PM prices via naked shorting and then profiting from these shorts in which they have no real money invested… which, of course, they very much seem to be doing.  Ah, paper PM manipulation of the physical PM market at its very best…  :-(
       
      Speaking of unbacked fiat printing… in the stock market, companies can issue additional shares to buyers at any time.  This does not, of course, increase the value of a company.  If the company is worth, say, a billion dollars before the new shares are printed off and this doubles the number of shares, each share is then worth half as much.  This is usually referred to as “share dilution”.  When a government does this with its shares or currency, the value of it is diluted and made worth less as well.  Businesses are well aware of such games and prices WILL move up to compensate them for this kind of chicanery.  When the government increases the amount of currency by 10% annually and then has the big brass ones to say to our faces that we have about 2% annual inflation, they are lying through their teeth and counting on the fact that the dumbed-down citizens cannot work math beyond basic arithmetic, if that. 
       
      Got PMs as part of your savings or just ‘now you see it, now you don’t’ fiat?
       

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