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. 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
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…
“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
“…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.”
#5 “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. 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 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.”

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

“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.”
“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.”
“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.”

“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.”
“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.”

“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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