WATCH: Edward Snowden Delivers Christmas Message

"A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy," the NSA leaker said

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National Security Administration leaker Edward Snowden warned of the dangers of government surveillance in a Christmas message broadcast Wednesday in the U.K.

Britain’s Channel 4 News featured Snowden, who leaked classified documents revealing details of the U.S. surveillance mechanism, in its annual “alternative Christmas message.” The outlet has featured high-profile figures who have influenced the year’s news since 1993. Past guests include former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as well as Sharon Osbourne.

“Great Britain’s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information. The types of collection in the book — microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us — are nothing compared to what we have available today,” Snowden said during the broadcast. “We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go.”

103 comments
poliphobic
poliphobic

At least in UK there is a vestige of freedom left which permits such broadcasts.

John Anthony Santiago II
John Anthony Santiago II

which means , the answer , you've elected , to wresignate , amongst earli breaths . ' - so folding tenior will onli ignite optitude to its nature , bravado for that , never with its maiking ,

GaryRMcCray
GaryRMcCray

Secrecy is no shield, all it does is give those in charge the capability to hide their own deceptions and travesties from us.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Humans are weak and selfish and will inevitably take advantage of any bit of power for their own gain at the expense of others.

Nothing grants that power like secrecy.

Snowden is a hero, it is those that would silence him that are our enemies.

NoddyMcnod
NoddyMcnod

Freedom isn't free, and privacy is our only shield to protect it.

Odzer Chenma
Odzer Chenma

NSA, CIA, FBI .... better ask Dr. Zawarahi very nicely.

Richard Dugan
Richard Dugan

Please give this some thought. When we lived in small villages there was little or no privacy. When we lived in small faming communities it was absolutely necessary for our survival to be as open with our neighbors as possible. But with the rise of industrialization and small isolated hovels we all think of as our castles we became very circumspect about our private lives. We created businesses that hid their secret processes ( think Coke formula) and governments began to encrypt all of their information to protect state secrets. Now we have created a world where nations can be destroyed if they fail to properly protect their information. So to protect it they hire individuals who take an path to protect that governmental privacy. There can only be two reasons for a person who takes an oath to break that oath. One is they believe that they can become incredibly wealthy by doing so or, two, they believe they will be greatly honored by members of the society they betrayed and by members of the governments they broke their oaths to give the information to. In either event they are not a hero, they are a traitor and one can never trust these people in any way ever again. I pity Edward but he is in no way a hero to me.

Odzer Chenma
Odzer Chenma

Snowden is sounding quite sanctimonious. To quote Maude, there are six billion sitting ducks and one quack.

Jane Meyers
Jane Meyers

Look at meeeee!!! What about the privacy of the GCHQ British agents? Don't they have the right to privacy and protection of their identities? Does Snowden REALLY think that by *asking* governments will get the information they want or need? If the US stopped spying and just started asking, does he really think other countries will follow suit?

Rocky Marciano
Rocky Marciano

Michael, abiding by a security clearance and keeping said wrongdoings secret is no different than saying, "I was simply doing my job" when you stand in front of a judge to defend your involvement in a crime. Sometimes oath's need to be violated, especially when clear wrongdoing is happening. An oath doesn't prevent you from doing the right thing. You took an oath to uphold the freedom's against enemies both foreign and domestic...The government can, and clearly would be if it weren't for the patriot act, a domestic enemy to this country's freedom.

oopsieee
oopsieee

Have we really forgotten those that paid for our freedom? 


It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace – but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" ~ Patrick Henry 



Gen Petrov
Gen Petrov

Whole this Muslim thing should be completely eradicated world wide, until then privacy in the US is not affordable

Gen Petrov
Gen Petrov

Being a terrorist and assassin himself Stalin once said "you need a thousand of people to build a bridge and only one to destroy it". Other countries is more free than the US, such as Canada, Australia and many others. There is no other way to fight terrorism now. If you find some, tell. This terrorists is laughing at you, they can kill 150 people, destroy $15000000 of infrastructure and only be inprisioned for that. It's absurd

Elke Seifert
Elke Seifert

What about violatinf the rights of people in countries cnsidered being "friends" - like g

Gen Petrov
Gen Petrov

Many "pure" muslims really want to destroy you, by the way. Desperate time, desperate measures. It's kind of impossible to fight them without this measures.

Gen Petrov
Gen Petrov

If you are bankrupt nation and you economy only gets worse, how can you deceive yourself with this democracy thing. Stop deceiving yourself. In order to compete with giant countries like China, big changes is really needed, because outside it seems that the country is really falling

Michael Salvas
Michael Salvas

Being a veteran yourself, you know first hand how important it is for government and military personnel to abide by their security clearances. I'm sure at no point you thought about violating the oath you took..so why is it okay for Edward Snowden to do this? Perhaps he should have aired his concerns to congress, not the whole world (including those who wish to do innocent people of the world harm)

Gen Petrov
Gen Petrov

What do you say about privacy? Go to work for $2 a hour

Gen Petrov
Gen Petrov

Probably the only way for the US to remain it's dominance against raising China is to become a fascist state with no rights as China actually is

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

Oh dear , and I don't have a television .

Andy Pratt
Andy Pratt

Would have always been the life of the party. /m/

Susan Omiak
Susan Omiak

actual in my family that may be true not all of us of course my grandfather from Siberia

Ly Le Tran Nguyen
Ly Le Tran Nguyen

Stupid is as stupid does. Mr. Snowden is finding himself growing bored, he needs a magician.

Angela Lopez
Angela Lopez

Who is interpreting the info they get and how do they interpret it? Just think.

Rocky Marciano
Rocky Marciano

The tracking of even one American citizen, is a violation of all American citizen's rights. If they'll legitimize one, then they can legitimize them all. You don't relinquish your rights as an American citizen in this country, no matter what the situation is. It isn't our economic superiority, or wealth or anything material that makes our country the envy of the world. What makes us the envy of the world are the freedom's our citizens have. Our freedoms to speak our minds, practice our religions and our freedoms that protect our right to privacy. Without these very freedoms we are no longer the country our founding fathers wanted us to be.

Rocky Marciano
Rocky Marciano

I wore the uniform and served this country to protect our freedoms, not so American citizen's rights could be violated. I'm not saying they are actively monitoring everyone, but the concept as a whole violates the very principles this country was founded upon. It's a shame that some American's don't value, nor understand, the very freedoms they have...and will willfully give them up because, "they have nothing to hide".

Dale Frank
Dale Frank

Time: why isn't he the Person of the Year?

Michael Salvas
Michael Salvas

You are taking this a bit far...you sound seriously paranoid. Not to mention the NSA team assigned to follow YOUR exact movements is probably on holiday right now...give me a break

Don Wilmer
Don Wilmer

Gloria Olvera-Rendon Well said! But anyway people (at least those with some level of common sense) already knew this! May be didn't know the nuts and bolts part. But overall governments have always done that and will continue to do so.

columbare1
columbare1

A government that institutes an agency and creates laws which gives that agency the right to violate the 4 th amendment to the constitution, that grants the rights of privacy for it's own citizens,needs to not only be watched carefully ,but also needs to be restrained.     And personally I thank Edward Snowden for revealing the truth of what has transpired.     I also think Snowden shall go down in history as an American Patriot.   I think the saying "that all evil needs to triumph is for good men to remain silent" is correct.     If Snowden could have taken the whistleblower route, the government would have found or made up a reason to silence him, by jailing him in solitary confinement.      The knee jerk reaction to 9/11 caused the neo-cons to manufacture an act of law which when you took it's initials it spelled out the Patriot Act.    So when you manufacture something that says Patriot and bring it up for a vote any politician that does not vote for it will have their opponents saying HE DID NOT VOTE FOR SOMETHING CALLED THE PATRIOT ACT,ergo he must not be a patriot.     And it is this so called Patriot Act that has opened the door to governmental abuse of power.     THANK YOU FOR POINTING THIS OUT EDWARD SNOWDEN !!!

Gloria Olvera-Rendon
Gloria Olvera-Rendon

He confuses me. Does he care about USA's constitution or the U.S. people he is putting in harms way? Again I think great idea to let people know. They way he goes about doing it is wrong. Presentation matters.

Michael Salvas
Michael Salvas

Sean there are a lot of Intelligence agencies spying on us...the NSA is the least of our worries...welcome to reality!

Angie King
Angie King

So true...he didn't bring to light anything I didn't already think had been going on for years..Merry Christmas!!

Michael Salvas
Michael Salvas

The media is giving this guy way more attention than he deserves

Lee Trainor
Lee Trainor

Rock: a gun does not make one "free"- It's an obligation and a huge responsibility

MezzoForte
MezzoForte

@GaryRMcCray Not a hero, friend. Snowden was just doing his job as an American. Perhaps 'patriot' is the better word.

MezzoForte
MezzoForte

As an American your first duty is to your fellow countrymen. All activities undertaken by the government of the United States is of concern to the citizenry because the American people are the de facto responsible party. There are no circumstances to be had that create the situation where our constitutionally-guaranteed rights can be violated.

Snowden isn't the only one to 'blow the whistle' on a government agency who has violated our rights (what is termed 'overreach' by the current administration). It was previously reported but Congress chose to do nothing about it. The only alternative left was to make the matter public...as it should be public because it concerns us all.

It's our right to know; violation of our civil rights under any circumstance cannot be tolerated.

It is government with consent of the governed which means we have to know every aspect of our government. We cannot allow an agency of that government to operate above or around  the Constitution or the law. The NSA has exceeded its mandate under the loose guise of 'national security'.

There is no 'terrorist threat' posed by the citizenry of the United State so that renders moot any argument where spying on Americans is justified. There is no probable cause, yet the FISC has allowed the NSA's activities to continue.

Snowden is no hero, he's a American patriot...and it is our government that betrays our Constitution.

villainesse
villainesse

Rocky, it seems those most happy that we even put to death some of those designated war criminals that refused to stick their own neck out and instead, just safely followed Hitler's orders before going on international trial (by us!) at the Hague are most rabid at taking down those who now do stick their own necks out and refuse to just follow criminal orders.

And they don't even notice the rank hypocrisy in their judgements.

Now I see just below another reference to the illegal war of our Founding Fathers. Would these royalist Tories have attacked them also, for not supporting their English King George?

Absolutely!

Nathanb
Nathanb

Yeah and that's why Osama Bin Laden and Atiyah Abd Al Rahman are currently in prison.  Oh wait. . .  Damn you reality!  Getting in Gen's way!

MezzoForte
MezzoForte

Military people are not exempt; you are required to refuse any order that is illegal. Even though there's a good likelihood you'll get prosecuted and found guilty for refusing an order simply because of the 'interpretation' loophole which always seems to favor command. As a civilian contractor, Snowden is not bound by the same rules as military personnel; fleeing the dog-and-pony show kangaroo court that would have resulted if he stayed was a option and the path he chose. Notice how he's still free and still able to speak out and most important, still revealing information the government kept from the American people.

There have been other people who have blown the whistle on the NSA's activities. The information went through proper channels which resulted only in prosecution of the whistleblowers. Congress was informed but failed to react. Because of the non-reaction the only method left to Snowden was to go public with his information. 


It was the failure of our representation and our president to react that made it necessary to go public with the information Snowden found. As such, the consensus by many of the representation, along with the president, is that we need to have a discussion about the tradeoffs between security and liberty.


There can be no tradeoff. The American people are the sole responsible party for all actions and undertakings of our government. We simply cannot allow our government to allege circumstances under which our government can expand its power and violate our constitutional rights. Any precedence which allows the government to expand its power will inevitably be exploited, just as is happening now with the NSA's activities against the American public.


Nathanb
Nathanb

Sure, because that worked out REAL well for these guys,

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/05/23/110523fa_fact_mayer
http://www.whistleblower.org/program-areas/homeland-security-a-human-rights/surveillance/nsa-whistleblowers-bill-binney-a-j-kirk-wiebe

The oath of enlistment states, and I quote,

"I, XXXXXXXXXX, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

There is more after that, but it's the first bit that interests me.  When a group of people, government agency or otherwise begins to hack away at the Constitution (the fourth amendment in this case) his oath DEMANDS that he step in to stop them.  His oath is to defend the constitution, NOT the government.

MezzoForte
MezzoForte

It isn't paranoia. Activity that violates constitutionally guaranteed rights is a very serious matter. It affects everyone; have concern not just for yourself but also for your fellow American.


The NSA has far exceeded its mandate and it is time to eliminate that agency.

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

Congrats on the silliest non relevant uneducated comment of a serious issue 2013

MezzoForte
MezzoForte

There wasn't any choice; previous whistleblowers took the 'correct' paths. All were prosecuted. although most have been found innocent, congress still failed to react and furthermore failed to inform the public as to the seriousness of the matters. Knowing that following the 'correct' procedure would result in no action being taken, Snowden took the information to those who actually need to know: the public.


Our own government is a greater enemy to the American people than the terrorists.

cricket.jiminy.cricket
cricket.jiminy.cricket

please delineate the 'harms way' he's put me in. i feel he's done me a great service. he has named no names he was careful as to the details he put out. he didn't just do a blind dump of information. he saw an abuse of power and called it out. this country is great because it rights its own wrongs not because it has enemies to fight.

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

Please, pray tell what is the 'right' way....... How does one man stop a govt when it's working outside its own rules....

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

And it's an out of control issue which kills your children with your own consent! Merry Xmas

villainesse
villainesse

@Nathanb And Nelson Mandela, beloved man of peace and armed rebellion against Apparthed, was kept on our U.S. Terrorist Watch List well past his RETIREMENT from the Presidency of South Africa until 2008. Now the powers that be refer to him as a Freedom Fighter.

Ideas change. Winners are honored.

BTW, Gen, Canda and Australia are both in a hard Rightward swing awa;y from democracy and toward fascism. But don't worry, the U.S. is still far out ahead on that path.