Sunday, June 9, 2013

Video: Remarkable Guardian interview of man who blew the whistle on massive FBI/NSA domestic spying; the 'turnkey tyranny' of an 'architecture of oppression'

At Towleroad, Ari Ezra connects the dots of the NSA, privacy and gay rights.

Turns out that Edward Snowden is an 29-year-old employee of Booz Allen Hamilton, (mostly owned by the Carlyle Group) the "security" company raking in billions from the construction of America's infrastructure of totalitarianism — the same company for which Director of National Intelligence, Gen. James R. Clapper, used to be an executive. From the Guardian article accompanying a video every American should watch:

He has had "a very comfortable life" that included a salary of roughly $200,000, a girlfriend with whom he shared a home in Hawaii, a stable career, and a family he loves. "I'm willing to sacrifice all of that because 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."
     ...By his own admission, he was not a stellar student. In order to get the credits necessary to obtain a high school diploma, he attended a community college in Maryland, studying computing, but never completed the coursework. (He later obtained his GED.)
     In 2003, he enlisted in the US army and began a training program to join the Special Forces. Invoking the same principles that he now cites to justify his leaks, he said: "I wanted to fight in the Iraq war because I felt like I had an obligation as a human being to help free people from oppression".
     He recounted how his beliefs about the war's purpose were quickly dispelled. "Most of the people training us seemed pumped up about killing Arabs, not helping anyone," he said. After he broke both his legs in a training accident, he was discharged.
     ..."I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest," he said. "There are all sorts of documents that would have made a big impact that I didn't turn over, because harming people isn't my goal. Transparency is."

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