Friday, June 05, 2015

Snowden: balance of power has shifted as people defy government surveillance...

A “profound difference” has occurred over the past two years, following the leaking of NSA documents that led to revelations about US surveillance on phone and internet communications, whistleblower Edward Snowden has said.

Speaking to the French newspaper Liberation, the computer analyst said that the balance of power is changing as a post-terror generation “turns its back on the reaction and fear to embrace the resilience and reason”.

Snowden said that bulk data collection programmes had been declared illegal and disavowed by the US Congress.

“After an investigation by the White House it has been determined that this program did not prevent a single terrorist attack – even the president, who had earlier defended its merits and criticised the revelation of its existence, finished by ordering that it should be put an end.”

Snowden said the achievement was driven by “the power of an informed public” and added the end of the mass surveillance of private telephone calls under the US Patriot Act was a “landmark victory for the rights of each citizen”. Full story...

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