Snowden Calls For Termination Of Unwarranted Surveillance

Posted: Jan 24 2014, 5:50am CST | by , in Technology News


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Snowden Calls For Termination Of Unwarranted Surveillance
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In a live chat hosted by The Courage Foundation Edward Snowden called on the US to stop the mass collection of telephone records by the NSA, authorized under section 215 of the Patriot Act.

The Courage Foundation is a trust, audited by accountants Derek Rothera & Company in the UK, for the purpose of providing legal defence and campaign aid to journalistic sources. It is overseen by an unrenumerated committee of trustees. Edward Snowden is its first recipient.

In response to Twitter user @Valio_ch’s question: Do you think that the Watchdog Report by Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board will have any impact at all? Snowden respond:

“I don’t see how Congress could ignore it, as it makes it clear there is no reason at all to maintain the 215 program. Let me quote from the official report:

“Cessation of the program would eliminate the privacy and civil liberties concerns associated with bulk collection without unduly hampering the government’s efforts, while ensuring that any governmental requests for telephone calling records are tailored to the needs of specific investigations.”

Snowden also denied in no uncertain terms the report from Reuters that cited “government sources” that he had used social engineering to steal co-workers credentials to get access to NSA documents.

“With all due respect to Mark Hosenball, the Reuters report that put this out there was simply wrong. I never stole any passwords, nor did I trick an army of co-workers.”

In a lengthy response to one question on legitimate spying by the NSA Snowden said:

“Not all spying is bad….”

But he concluded:

“When we’re sophisticated enough to be able to break into any device in the world we want to (up to and including Angela Merkel’s phone, if reports are to be believed), there’s no excuse to wasting our time collecting the call records of grandmothers in Missouri.”

For the complete chat session see original post


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