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

Edward SnowdenWould 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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  • Harry Berry

    My father said a person’s privacy is the most precious thing on this planet. If I had snowden’s job I would dump it all for public inspection.

  • Archie1954

    Unfortunately you have already lost all credibility with the rest of the planet! I hope this man is not renditioned off the streets of Hong Kong or if such an attempt is made the CIA agents are caught and spend the rest of their miserable lives in a Hong Kong prison.

  • andyprigge

    I told a brother in Christ the other day: Salvation through Jesus Christ is the only way out of this world which has been corrupted to the point where God had the flood happen, only this time the earth will be cleansed with fire.

  • JailBanksters

    It’s funny when Numb Nuts was banging on about, ya can’t have 100% security with 100% Privacy…

    He’s not talking about the Countries security, he’s talking about the Governments Security, and the Government is only secure when there is 0% privacy.

    All Governments, are only interested in protecting the Government at all costs, they couldn’t care less about it’s citizens. Just as long as they pay their Taxes so the Government can afford the surveillance spying on their Citizens to ensure the Government stays in Control and nobody’s conspiring against the Government.

  • Brian Willis

    snowden, your quote: “There’s no saving me.”……..wrong buddy. Jehovah God and Jesus Christ can save you buddy. We all need to pray for this hero.

  • Thomas Jefferson

    Hero.

  • Thomas Jefferson

    “Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” – Ron Paul

    • David Farrar

      “Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” …George Orwell.

      ex animo
      davidfarrar

  • Steve

    A hero- god bless

  • 203333

    Mystery Babylon is Falling. God puts a plan in the minds of men to destroy her. It gets worse. True dread is upon us.

  • b in LA

    The whole point is to show the WRONG so the people will eagerly except the next step. The people have to be “caused” to want what is coming.
    What is coming? Science fiction bible stuff.

  • b in LA

    I know you smart people here know what is up.

    1) make Govt. plainly ugly and unattractive

    2) use media to bring in the herd by repeating the ugly. ‘Causing people talking”, about the “big story” (big ugly) they heard on CNN last night. Oh my, the IRS did, Some senator was caught with his pants down, did you hear about the patriot act and the taking away out liberties, oh my my my did you see who the NRA is siding with, Holder needs to go.

    All this merely deepens the knife and dulls the spirit. focus on what the hand is doing because they want us to discover HOW they do the trick because the is the trick.

    once we learn the trick, from looking so closely, we are unaware that the trick was to have us look close enough to discover the “conspiracy” plus the names, places involved. The weak will yield to the majority if the majority is again the will of the DC crowd. The weak will be so full of knowledge of the trick, puffed up and ready for CHANGE!

    So What now, banners high…down with IRS and Holder too……on and on.

    It is a set up….yup yup yup….the world governments are ALL jacked at the same time?

    Media coverage from around the globe tells me it is so. Well, I best put my Tea Party, leftist, righty, tighty whitey hat on and join in the fight for CHANGE!

    New World Government. E.P.Unum, eye of hores and all that science fiction & bible stuff.

    Yes we see it. I say tell someone about it BUT, let um in on the trick behind the trick they think they see so well.
    Get it?

  • Muhammad Abbass

    You can forget worrying about the rest of the world concluding the USA is Big Brother police state, that horse has bolted. In fact the word out here is you’re a Big Brother Police State Empire. That is also probably polite compared to how the majority would actually put it. Better worry about how you’re going to get your republic back, or if you even can.

  • Jonah

    “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.”……………….. Eh? Dumbo, the world already hates the usa. Your main export is death and terrorism.

    • DAS

      We export more dollar bill than we do death and terrorism.

  • jox

    Do you sign the same petition forManning? And for Assange?

    • ND

      I didn’t know about the one for Manning until it expired. There isn’t one for Assange, I believe because he isn’t a US citizen.

  • New Zealander

    America lost most of it’s credibility quite some time ago, during the Bush administration. Sorry. Besides, none of this is actually new to New Zealanders. It’s public knowledge here, that America has been spying on it’s own people for well more than a decade. We have the processing system here, again widely known about, it was national news (recently) when some protesters attacked it a few years back it’s called the “waihopai spy base” and it leaks secure information like a gaggle of reporters.

  • jbyork3

    I tried to post this to my Facebook page, but it was blocked for being “spammy or unsafe.” Anyone else have this problem?

  • MarkOhio

    ATTENTION EVERYONE— Now you are all on “the List” for posting your comments on this blog.

    • Stephanie S

      Oh who the flick cares about their silly List. I am proud to be on it.

  • Chuck Chambers

    if you do not belong to a Militia, its time to start one in your area. We are not helpless and the blood of Jefferson, Madison, Adams and paul revere still runs in our vein’s. We are armed and we hold the higher moral ground. Our own declaration of Independence tells us what to do. READ it and what our founders tell us to do at this point. Like Snowden, don’t look for leaders, step an be one or you may have to look into your grand childrens eye’;s oneday when they ask” Popa and Nana, why didn’t you do something”

    Form a Militia now! Clean your gun’s! hold a neighborhood meeting this week.

  • David Farrar

    So how many Tea Party leaders are now on NSA’s “Main Core” list; I wonder?

    And what are the chances Obama has given access to PRISM intel to his 501(c)(4) political group, Organizing for America when you stop and consider what Rep. Maxine Waters has said about this group,

    ” And that database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can’t get around it. And he’s [President Obama] been very smart. It’s very powerful what he’s leaving in place. And I think that any democratic candidate” – Maxine Waters.

    ex animo
    davidfarrar

  • Sheila Granado

    God Bless you Andrew Snowden. You are a true patriot indeed

  • RobertMStahl

    Where is Indira Singh?

  • TNACC (K. Bracken)

    We will pray for this man because God is his only hope. I just wish the information he has is protected. This evil government will take him out without even the blink of an eye. I wish others would step up and expose Obama for the treasonous deeds he has committed. We need to think about Fast & Furious, Benghazi and the Seal Team 6 that were MURDERED. I pray someday someone brave enough will stand up and tell us the truth about Obama, his past and what he has done in the past 5 years. If that day ever comes I believe Obama will be serving the rest of his life in prison.

  • JR from New York

    Booze Allen got/allegedly stole Indira Singh’s risk surveillance architecture – she knew 10 years ago this was in the works and refused to be part of it, when she was told she could name her price. No one dared do what she did because of the price she paid, which was higher than Snowden’s. Snowden’s supporters won’t be killed – for now. Hers were. So Indira Singh does not exist except in the ether – she is the only one who got the gots, is the real deal, and the sad proof of that is she is the only one who no one can find.

    • Security Analyst

      Glenn Greenwald has surmised Hastings is the first victim – of the sort Indira Singh ran into. Pay attention to that trail if you want justice – as the dots connect. Otherwise the trail will be lost in social noise. You also want the dots to lead to someone who “has legal standing”. Otherwise all this social noise will create the sort of cover they love. Don’t do their work for them.

  • rosemariejackowski

    Edward Snowden, Greenwald, Assange, Manning – all brilliant, brave heroes.
    And also please sign petitions in support of Jeremy Hammond. Get him out of prison.

  • Robert Zraick

    Assange, Manning and now Snowden. These are brave men who did the right thing. They have exposed the corruption in our government.
    More people will rise to the challenge. As the number of these true heroes grows which it will inevitably do, there will come a tipping point.
    On that day the tyrants will tremble and freedom will begin to return.

  • Garry

    All the big powers are doing this or trying to.
    Its not just America.

  • R Moon

    contrary to many Congressmen and media figures Ed Snowden did the right thing. Exposing what he has isn’t damaging to National Security, most Americans and probably all enemy governments suspected this and governments like China, Russia, the UK, Saudi and Israel most likely have similar types of snooping going on as well. So all of this indignation on the part of foreign nations and Congress is a joke. They are making themselves look like fools by threatening Snowden.

  • Gaynor Chapman

    The writer does not have to be disturbed that the US government is embarrassing itself. Most of the world’s governments will be doing the same thing.

  • JNDillard

    The foreign response involves selected low murmurings of outrage, mostly for public consumption, while they know that NSA is monitoring their emails and phone calls right now and will be tomorrow and next year. This is called zombie sleepwalking, the night of the living dead.

  • Viking

    “….lose all credibility with the rest of the planet”…?

    THAT particular ship sailed a LONG time ago….

  • Hoosurgirl

    God Bless You and your Family Edward.
    Thank you

  • Oldlady

    I am sure other governments are doing the same thing. I figure if you aren’t doing anything illegal then it doesn’t bother me.

  • ted kuntz

    I am making a list of my new heros. Eward Snowden and Bradley Manning are on the top of my list. The tyranny that is disguising itself as democracy and safety shows that the United States is no different than any other fascist and totalitarian regime. Very sad.

  • Kathy

    Makes me wonder why we have to change our att pages, no questions asked…..we should have a choice to display our own email account…leaving Att

  • Robert Govan

    Do NOT fear these chumps. The NWO is going down in Flames. Their modus operandi is EXPOSED for the very first time. No joke….Wellaware1.com

  • Gene Baugh BBA

    Complaining about the government debt or the financial situation the world is in or even politicians does not make you an enemy of the state. parking a truck full of explosives in front of an IRS building and blowing it up killing innocent people makes you an enemy of the state. I don’t think any of the posters I have read so far qualify to be on any kind of list. Consider the nearly impossible job the NSA is up against. We are very vulnerable to attack from deluded individuals and groups who think they can conquer the whole world by committing insane actions.

  • aethel

    I respect that some people are willing to make personal sacrifices when they are aware of “any means to an end” corruption that is not true to our nation’s stated values and principles.

  • Juliet Giles

    high moral edward snowden-a hero

  • Gene Baugh BBA

    As for Obama being such an evil guy I ask you to consider: He removed the work requirement from the food stamp program virtually saying, “No one is going to go hungry in America on my watch.” Evil or compassionate? If he plans to kill us all what is he doing fattening America up before the slaughter? He has shown great restraint in taking military action in any of the “Arab Spring” uprisings where the Republicans were chomping at the bit to rush troops in. Megalomaniac or respecter of American lives? In a depression you should want the party of compassion in office.

  • Kachina Lively

    “There’s no saving me.” PLEASE SUPPORT WHISTLE-BLOWERS from Obama and gang. Our White House and Government Leaders are corrupt beyond measure and finally we have people willing to risk everything to bring US the Truth! God help them but we must, too!

  • Hammerstrike

    Thanks!

  • Topsy Kretts

    Don’t worry, Democrats and Republicans will save us from this evil tyranny!

  • Adrian

    Too bad so many people who read this site are so misinformed. I guess it’s because of their libertarian bent, but first, this country is neither Marxist, nor socialist, nor communist. You poor bastards who think it is might need to get a refund for the money you spent on your education. Corporations are cooperating with the coercive arm of the government, working hand in hand. Last time I checked, that was an aspect of fascism, not communism. Communist systems do not allow private companies to operate; that’s kind of the whole point of Communism…We’re headed towards the extreme right, also known as fascism, which Mussolini called a corporate state. Kind of funny, isn’t it, how our big corporations are now spying on us, turning over our info to the federal government? I can’t sit back and read comment after uninformed comment without trying at least to educate some of you people.

  • Steve Fraser

    But doesn’t Big Brother promise to keep us “safe”?

  • Steven Duran

    “The fact that we are collecting trillions of pieces of information on people all over the planet is a massive embarrassment” All governments are doing this!! lol

  • Wilberforce Humphries

    All these ‘quotes’ come from his recent interview. It’s as if the publisher just numbered each one of Snowden’s sentences. Rather dodgy.

  • miltfarrow

    Warrior Class 111 I have to say “Kudos” I could not present this any better-The answer is to get ready to do battle with the enemy of the state-If those people that “work” for the beast do not realize that by sacrificing us and our constitution they are sacrificing themselves and their families to Junkyard dogs Like Halliburton et al-
    TIME TO ROLL GETTING CLOSE

  • Dumpling

    “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.”

    Instead,he’s given access to his laptop to China, Russia to help themselves to the information, FREE.

    This is nothing new. . .

    In October 24, 1952, President Truman established the National Security Agency (NSA) as the organization within the U.S. government
    responsible for communications intelligence

    Its primary purpose was to decipher
    the alien communications, language, and establish a dialogue with the extraterrestrials.

    The secondary purpose of the NSA was to monitor
    all communications and emissions from any and all electronic devices worldwide for the purpose of gathering intelligence, both human and alien, and to contain the secret of the alien presence.

    In 1998 Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code)
    published a book, “Digital Fortress” which although a novel, virtually spells out what the organizations does.

    If anyone, in this day and age, really believes that the NSA is in the least bit interested in your mother’s recipe for plum jam or, that Sally Jones is having an affair with Pete Smith then you need to seriously reconsider what this department does.

    It is tracking terrorist organizations, drug cartels, offshore banking, pedophiles and any other undesirable not wanted or required in society.

    Take a look at your In Box and calculate, just from the messages and spam that hits your computer daily, how many emails are sent around the world.
    Do you believe that they have a zillion staffers reading each one? No.

    “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.”

    Obviously, the computers are programmed to look for certain words or phrases, in a dozen different
    languages, and sort he wheat from the chaff.

    Pete and Sally can, with impunity, continue to have their illicit affair and your mother’s recipe is safe forever.

    Someone has to look for the bad guys and if my emails or bank statements are going through Federal computers, so be it. I have nothing to hide and if they ever stopped the process long enough to actually “read” something then I hope they enjoy the latest cartoon I sent to my sister.”

    BTW: Does anyone here actually believe that the US is the ONLY country in the world doing this?

  • Sharon Morgan

    In an electronic world, it is foolish to assume real privacy exists. It’s not just the government, either. All of the targeted marketing, etc you see on social media is just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Robert159

    It’s time to decide how to rebuild society in ways that fit us.The people

    we are simply moving out of the oil age and these are the preludes.

  • Yeziam12

    What a great bunch of pablum to substantiate his own conspiracy theory.

    This one is brilliant…not really, it’s just a CYA scam #22 “I know the media likes to personalize political debates, and I know the government will demonize me.” Well considering you stole, lied, and fled the country to disclose national secrets…they don’t have to demonize you, you cut off you own nose to spite your face.

    #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.” That’s a keeper! “They are going to be busy for the next week”…yet he will be concerned with it for the rest of his life…hahhaha doesn’t even make sense. AND the pathetic attempt at pity “…however long that happens to be.” Hilarious drummed up drama to get the sheep to follow his lead…what a maroon. I don’t any of your crap traitor, your dreams of grandeur fizzled when your trip to China went sour and you were literally left holding the bag and a pipe dream of fame/fortune…Boo Hoo Moron!

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