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Edward Snowden: Mass surveillance doesn't work

Edward Snowden: Mass surveillance doesn't work

(3:25) This segment was edited out of NBC Nightly News on May 28, 2014. It was from NBC's "Inside The Mind Of Edward Snowden" interview with Brian Williams. It was Snowden's first US TV interview.

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Guest: outraged (1296 days ago)

Edited out? My God, this makes me furious. As a US citizen, I believe Snowden not only is a geniune hero for American freedom, and democracy in general, but he SHOULD be President. I strongly suspect he is the reincarnation of John F. Kennedy, Jr. This point he makes is SPOT ON. The fact that our government wants to hang this guy is testiment to the fact of how far we've drifted from the original intent of our founders and the US constitution. No wonder Europeans think us idiots. I am honestly asamed. Thank you boreme for airing this...it deserves MAX coverage worldwide! All you gooks and spies reading this, F you!!!

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Edited out? My God, this makes me furious. As a US citizen, I believe Snowden not only is a geniune hero for American freedom, and democracy in general, but he SHOULD be President. I strongly suspect he is the reincarnation of John F. Kennedy, Jr. This point he makes is SPOT ON. The fact that our government wants to hang this guy is testiment to the fact of how far we've drifted from the original intent of our founders and the US constitution. No wonder Europeans think us idiots. I am honestly asamed. Thank you boreme for airing this...it deserves MAX coverage worldwide! All you gooks and spies reading this, F you!!!

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iknowlessthanyoudo iknowlessthanyoudo (1292 days ago)
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It's too late. NSA successfully blackmailed Congress. The Gestapo is reincarnated. At the rate we're going, the average US citizen will have about the same freedom of speech as a Chinese citizen had five years ago within 10-15 years.

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It's too late. NSA successfully blackmailed Congress. The Gestapo is reincarnated. At the rate we're going, the average US citizen will have about the same freedom of speech as a Chinese citizen had five years ago within 10-15 years.

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Guest: Casey (1296 days ago)

But your govt. is there to help you, save you, protect you, this is the one you voted for so just trust in everything they tell you, we're not smart enough to know let alone be told the truth.

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But your govt. is there to help you, save you, protect you, this is the one you voted for so just trust in everything they tell you, we're not smart enough to know let alone be told the truth.

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Guest: LondonBoy (1294 days ago)

If a constitution required all politicians to declare their assets upon entry and exit of their political career and were to be paid the national minimum wage for this work. And to be given the death sentence for any infringment; then only true patriots will stand for the job. The governments job is not to protect the assets of the affluent from the working classes. The US government is too occupied with foreign acquisitions and is letting down their own citizens. There would be no foreign threat - if the US kept out of foreign countries.

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If a constitution required all politicians to declare their assets upon entry and exit of their political career and were to be paid the national minimum wage for this work. And to be given the death sentence for any infringment; then only true patriots will stand for the job. The governments job is not to protect the assets of the affluent from the working classes. The US government is too occupied with foreign acquisitions and is letting down their own citizens. There would be no foreign threat - if the US kept out of foreign countries.

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Guest: (1296 days ago)

How do you know who the poster voted for, or are you talking to yourself again troll.

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How do you know who the poster voted for, or are you talking to yourself again troll.

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WalterEgo WalterEgo (1296 days ago)

If government was working in the interests of the people, then it would be there to help, save and protect. But unfortunately, government is married to big business. Snowden was working for Booz Allen Hamilton, a PRIVATE company with a government contract.

Government per se isn't the problem. The problem is how to keep big business from corrupting government in its own interest.

We don't need more or less government - that's the wrong way to look at it. We need government that is free to act in the interests of the people. That means the separation of church, state and business.

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If government was working in the interests of the people, then it would be there to help, save and protect. But unfortunately, government is married to big business. Snowden was working for Booz Allen Hamilton, a PRIVATE company with a government contract.

Government per se isn't the problem. The problem is how to keep big business from corrupting government in its own interest.

We don't need more or less government - that's the wrong way to look at it. We need government that is free to act in the interests of the people. That means the separation of church, state and business.

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Guest: Casey (1294 days ago)

Have to disagree there Walter, the smaller the govts the more accountable and controllable they are, the bigger they get, besides placing an ever increasing burden financially on the people, he more power they bestow themselves and the more they don't want to give that power up. They end up working for their own benefit and not the peoples. It's that power that big business is after, take that power away and you solve the problem. There always seem to be this thinking that if we only have the right kind of people in power, if we only have more money through taxation then everything will be okay...THATS the wrong way to think about it Walter, govt. is what govt does, it's flawed from the outset so must be limited.

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Have to disagree there Walter, the smaller the govts the more accountable and controllable they are, the bigger they get, besides placing an ever increasing burden financially on the people, he more power they bestow themselves and the more they don't want to give that power up. They end up working for their own benefit and not the peoples. It's that power that big business is after, take that power away and you solve the problem. There always seem to be this thinking that if we only have the right kind of people in power, if we only have more money through taxation then everything will be okay...THATS the wrong way to think about it Walter, govt. is what govt does, it's flawed from the outset so must be limited.

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WalterEgo WalterEgo (1294 days ago)

If I understand you right, you are saying that big business wants the power of government, so remove government and you solve that problem.

More accurate would be - big business wants to PREVENT the power of government, so they can pursue profits without hinderance. That would be fine if the "right" kind of people ran big business - people who cared if their business was making their customers obese, or breath polluted air, or work for $3 an hour, or suffer climate change... etc.

But the "right" kind of people will never get power in any system because the "wrong" kind of people will always do whatever is needed to get that power. That is human nature - a great survival technique when we were a few tribes roaming the planet, not so great when we are a globalised network of 7 billion people living on the limits of the planet's resources.

Problem is in today's world, you don't need many "wrong" kind of people to inflict massive damage. A few bankers at the top of the banking industry caused global financial meltdown. A few terrorists caused 9/11. A few CEOs are fattening the world for Christmas...

Your solution is to reduce the only power effective against the excesses of the "wrong" kind of people - the power of government to regulate. Whereas I think we need government to curb the excesses of the "wrong" kind of people.

Size of government is irrelevant unless you advocate no government at all.

I think government should be paid for by the people (so that it acts in the interests of the people), and totally transparent (so that the collective wisdom of people can spot and prevent corruption or unnecessary meddling).

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If I understand you right, you are saying that big business wants the power of government, so remove government and you solve that problem.

More accurate would be - big business wants to PREVENT the power of government, so they can pursue profits without hinderance. That would be fine if the "right" kind of people ran big business - people who cared if their business was making their customers obese, or breath polluted air, or work for $3 an hour, or suffer climate change... etc.

But the "right" kind of people will never get power in any system because the "wrong" kind of people will always do whatever is needed to get that power. That is human nature - a great survival technique when we were a few tribes roaming the planet, not so great when we are a globalised network of 7 billion people living on the limits of the planet's resources.

Problem is in today's world, you don't need many "wrong" kind of people to inflict massive damage. A few bankers at the top of the banking industry caused global financial meltdown. A few terrorists caused 9/11. A few CEOs are fattening the world for Christmas...

Your solution is to reduce the only power effective against the excesses of the "wrong" kind of people - the power of government to regulate. Whereas I think we need government to curb the excesses of the "wrong" kind of people.

Size of government is irrelevant unless you advocate no government at all.

I think government should be paid for by the people (so that it acts in the interests of the people), and totally transparent (so that the collective wisdom of people can spot and prevent corruption or unnecessary meddling).

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Guest: tt (1295 days ago)

Well, Mr. Snowden could have said: We just need to have a little bit of control in our NSA program.

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Well, Mr. Snowden could have said: We just need to have a little bit of control in our NSA program.

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Guest: Mr Clean (1296 days ago)

Snowden, Brian Williams: staged amateur night for suckers

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Snowden, Brian Williams: staged amateur night for suckers

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