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Whether you think Edward Snowden is a hero or traitor, his major achievement he singly accomplished for humanity was to raise the issue of PRIVACY, or lack thereof, in the consciousness of the world. His actions, anguish, and decisions to honor his oath to the Constitution of the United States are best summed-up by him and his courageous actions on these outstanding documentaries:
* “Citizen Four”
Award-winning HBO documentary by filmmaker Laura Poitras with journalist Glenn Greenwald.
* “Anonymous – Chasing Edward Snowden Full Documentary”
PRIVACY ISSUES MAKING NEWS LAST WEEK
– “Samsung Confirms ‘Smart TV’ Sets Listens To Customers Every Word”
“Samsung have (sic) admitted that its smart TV sets are listening in on customers conversations, and have warned people not to speak about personal information while near their TV sets.
The company have said that the voice activation feature captures all nearby conversations and can share the information it collects with third-party services,” by Sean Adl-Tabatabai, YourNewsWire.com.
– “This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult”
“Every move you make. Every click you take. Every game you play. Every place you stay. They’ll be watching you.”
“IDI, a year-old company in the so-called data-fusion business, is the first to centralize and weaponize all that information for its customers. The Boca Raton, Fla., company’s database service, idiCORE, combines public records with purchasing, demographic, and behavioral data. Chief Executive Officer Derek Dubner says the system isn’t waiting for requests from clients—it’s already built a profile on every American adult, including young people who wouldn’t be swept up in conventional databases, which only index transactions. ‘We have data on that 21-year-old who’s living at home with mom and dad,’ he says,” by David Gauvey Herbert, Bloomberg Businessweek.
– “The gift of privacy: How Edward Snowden changed the way I parent”
“I monitored my son’s online life like a diligent 21st-century parent, until I realized I was wrong”
“My son is 14 today and for his birthday—in addition to a bicycle, a basketball, and a T-shirt with an obscurely offensive image—I am giving him the gift of privacy. And I am giving him this gift because of Snowden.
That’s right. Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower and hero to some, traitor to others, has changed not only the way I view privacy but also the way I view my teen’s privacy and the way I safeguard it—from myself.”
“Then in March, as part of research on another story I am writing, I listened to a live conversation on privacy between Snowden, constitutional lawyer and co-founder of The Intercept Glen Greenwald and historian and linguist Noam Chomsky.
While the conversation between these three thought leaders fascinated me, it was the remarks of 33-year-old Snowden that affected me most profoundly. ‘Privacy,’ he asserted, ‘is the right to self…. Privacy is the right to a free mind.’ He went on to explain that ‘privacy is what allows us to determine our beliefs without being influenced by others, subject to peer pressure, or judged before those beliefs are fully formed. Without privacy,’ he added ‘at no time are you permitted to have a space that is only just for you.’
Consider that statement for a moment: ‘Without privacy, at no time are you permitted to have a space that is only just for you.’
Greenwald reinforced this idea when he explained that people secure their homes and rooms with locks and their email and social media with passwords in part ‘to ensure that there is a place they can go in the world to think and reason and explore without the judgmental eyes of other people being cast upon them.… When we lose privacy,’ he went on, ‘we lose a really critical part of what it means to be an independent and free individual.,” quoting this courageous mother, Annie H. Hartnett, Salon Magazine.
– “State Department Spokesperson Thinks The Idea They Are Transparent Is Laughable”
Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner leads the Daily Press Briefing at the Department of State, August 4, 2016.
Editor’s note: While this IS pathetic, some insiders are aware of the great illusion and “sometimes publicly spill the beans.”
Click here, from the Washington Examiner.
– “A Conversation about reality – My Dinner with Andre”
This excerpt from the 1981 movie says it all.