As I write this, my words may be monitored by various governments and criminals. Fine.
Born in North Carolina in 1983, Edward Snowden worked for the National Security Agency through subcontractor Booz Allen in the NSA’s Oahu office. After only three months, Snowden began collecting top-secret documents regarding NSA domestic surveillance practices, which he found disturbing. After Snowden fled to Hong Kong, China, newspapers began printing the documents that he had leaked to them, many of them detailing invasive spying practices against American citizens. With the U.S. charging Snowden under the Espionage Act but many groups calling him a hero, Snowden remains in Russia, with the U.S. government working on extradition. A documentary on his story, Citzenfour, won an Oscar in 2015.
Snowden took our blinkers off and told us what governments are doing to monitor the Internet, for whatever reason.
Here are some comments offered to some of “Five takeaways from Edward Snowden’s interview with a group of Canadian journalists for free expression:
2. Mass surveillance won’t do much to prevent domestic terrorism.
“The French government knew the ideological lean of the men who committed the Charlie Hebdo attacks,” Snowden says, but still nothing could be done to prevent the attack. He argues that the resources expended on mass surveillance programs would be better spent equipping law enforcement to better respond and prevent terror attacks.
Okay. Governments are not necessily monitoring the Internet for our good but often to look good. A big difference. There is a real question whether Islam is adaptable to a free society. If the question can’t even be discussed, that’s no good for anyone.
Why can’t it be asked?
Look, I would have put a vid here below of stoning women to death but I can’t because I have been warned about “inappropriate content” about Islamic law.
So I haven’t. Figure it out for yourselves.
The vid I put below is about legally beating women up without killing them. It is unbelievable to me that this could really be happening in my home and native land, where almost anyone would say, just kick the swine’s [horse] onto the snow dump, and let him rot till spring.
Denyse O’Leary is a Canadian journalist, author, and blogger.