u.s. surveillance state

Greenwald to Colbert: Next NSA story will make ‘biggest impact’

In an interview last night with Stephen Colbert, Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept said that he’s working on a story that will have the “biggest impact” of his various pieces on the modern U.S. surveillance state. “I genuinely believe that the story that’s the biggest one, that will make the biggest impact and will shape how the events of the last 10 months will be viewed by history is the story on which we’re currently working that hopefully will be ready in four to eight weeks,” Greenwald told Colbert.

And just what would that be?

The targets of spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) in America, said Greenwald. “Who are they targeting, for what purposes? Who are these people that they are declaring to be sufficient threats that it warrants reading their e-mails? And what is the pattern of people that they’ve targeted? Are these political dissidents, are they critics of U.S. foreign policy, are they actual terrorists? And that’s the reporting that needs to be done?”

The true measurement of a person’s worth isn’t what they say they believe in, but what they do in defense of those beliefs. If you’re not acting on your beliefs, then they probably aren’t real.
—  Edward Snowden quoted by Glenn Greenwald in “No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State”

“No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State,” by Glenn Greenwald (2014).

What better source than Glenn Greenwald, the journalist Edward Snowden turned to for the reporting of many of the NSA documents exposing as fact that the American government is violating it’s own constitution with a global, illegal, and criminal warrantless surveillance program.

Everyone in America is having their online and phone data saved and stored by their government, but for what purpose? Glenn Greenwald dives into this issue explaining how part of the NSA’s goals go hand in hand with the COINTELPRO program that targeted and eliminated freedom fighters in the 60s. You’re safe not if you’ve got nothing to hide, but if you aren’t a threat to the status quo. There is a war on journalism while activism is being equated with terrorism. The NSA is there to keep the police apparatus and government informed of those who dare to speak out, question, and act against their abuse of power.

Of course, this should not scare us, but inform us and help us take measures to better prepare and defend ourselves.


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