neverforget14:

"Especially for the younger generation, the Internet is not some standalone, separate domain where a few of life’s functions are carried out. It is not merely our post office and our telephone. Rather, it is the epicenter of our world, the place where virtually everything is done. It is where friends are made, where books and films are chosen, where political activism is organized, where the most private data is created and stored. It is where we develop and express our very personality and sense of self.

To turn that network into a system of mass surveillance has implications unlike those of any previous state surveillance programs. All the prior spying systems were by necessity more limited and capable of being evaded. To permit surveillance to take root on the internet would mean subjecting virtually all forms of human interaction, planning, and even thought itself to comprehensive state examination.” - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.6)

"…the government has the capability to activate cell phones and laptops remotely as eavesdropping devices. Powering off the phone or laptop does not defeat the capability: only removing the battery does." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.12)

"The first thing we did was go to a store to buy a laptop that would serve as my "air gapped machine," a computer that has never connected to the internet. It is much more difficult to subject an Internet-free computer to surveillance. To monitor an air gapped computer, an intelligence service such as the NSA would have to engage in far more difficult methods, such as obtaining physical access to the computer and placing a surveillance device on the hard drive. Keeping the computer close at all times helps prevent that type of invasion." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.22)

"The true measurment 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 (via, No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald, Pg.45)

"What keeps a person passive and compliant is fear of repercussions, but once you let go of your attachment to things that don’t ultimately matter - money, career, physical safety - you can overcome that fear." - Edward Snowden (via, No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald, Pg.46)

"The entire intelligence community is able to access the information that the NSA collects: it routinely shares its vast trove of data with other agencies, including the FBI and the CIA. One principal purpose of the NSA’s great spree of data collection was precisely to boost the spread of information across the board. Indeed, almost every document pertaining to the various collection programs mentions the inclusion of other intelligence units." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.116)

"Upstream" collection (from fiber-optic cables) and direct collection from the servers of Internet companies (PRISM) account for most of the records gathered by the NSA." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.116)

"The NSA routinely recieves -or intercepts- routers, servers, and other computer network devices being exported from the United States before they are delivered to the international customers. The agency then implants backdoor surveillance tools, repackages the devices with a factory seal, and sends them on." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.148)

"Contrary to the accepted premise - that radical dissent demonstrates a personality disorder - the opposite could be true: in the face of severe injustice, a refusal to dissent is the sign of a character flaw or moral failure." - Glenn Greenwald (No Place to Hide, Pg.228)

Unmasking Big Brother | SocialistWorker.org Interview with Glenn Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald On Why Privacy Is Vital, Even If You 'Have Nothing To Hide'

kenyalatestnews:

LOS ANGELES — Journalist Glenn Greenwald defended the value of digital privacy and slammed those who dismiss its importance during a stop on his national book tour Thursday.

“We all need places where we can go to explore without the judgmental eyes of other people being cast upon us,” he said. “Only in a realm where we’re not being watched can we really test the limits of who we want to be. It’s really in the private realm where dissent, creativity and personal exploration lie.”

He said that people who downplay the importance of privacy typically say, “I have nothing to hide.” But, he added, those people aren’t willing to publish their social media and email passwords.

Greenwald published a series of stories last year based on leaked documents on United States surveillance from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. He recently published the book No Place to Hide about the fallout from Snowden’s actions.

“When we think we’re being watched, we make behavior choices that we believe other people want us to make,” he said. “It’s a natural human desire to avoid societal condemnation. That’s why every state loves surveillance — it breeds a conformist population.”

Greenwald went on to lambaste journalists, politicians and business leaders who have said that digital privacy is unnecessary. He criticized Google chairman Eric Schmidt for saying on CNBC in 2008 that “if you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” Greenwald argued that it’s detrimental to assume that someone who wants privacy — say a person calling an HIV clinic or suicide hotline — should be treated with suspicion.

“There are all kinds of things we want to hide from other people — that we tell our psychiatrist, our lawyer, our doctor, our spouse or a stranger on the Internet — that have nothing to do with criminality,” he said.

Greenwald also took on Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for her 2013 op-ed in USA Today, in which she said that collecting call records doesn’t count as surveillance if the actual conversations aren’t recorded. At the time, some people responded online by calling for her to publish a list of people whom she spoke to every day. “Of course, she would never do that,” Greenwald said.

He also scorched MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus and The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg, who all said last year that they don’t feel threatened by the NSA’s surveillance.

“If you look at those people, they all have something in common. They wake up every day and defend the people with the most power,” he said. “Of course they’re not threatened. They’re right — they probably don’t have anything to worry about.”

“You will never hear, ‘Oh, I’m not interested in privacy’” among people who work for places like Wikileaks or the Occupy movement, he added. We all value privacy, he said, but it is especially crucial for dissidents and targeted groups — and anyone who might fall into those categories in the future.
via WorldPost News on The Huffington Post

Glenn Greenwald Gets Into Huge Fight About Snowden On 'Real Time With Bill Maher'

wnwinfo:

WATCH: Glenn Greenwald Gets Into A HUGE Fight About Snowden

Glenn Greenwald got into a doozy of an argument on Friday’s “Real Time” with Iraq veteran (and frequent HuffPost blogger) Paul Rieckhoff.

The topic was, of course, Edward Snowden. Sample dialogue:

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assangistan:


I think what I realized is, there’s a lot to fear, but there’s actually very little that we need or can’t be without. I think once you kind of let go of the things you cling to no matter what and that you’re petrified of losing, that’s when you become a lot more powerful.
Glenn Greenwald on how fear and courage works, in his new interview in GQ Magazine. 
Photo: Gabriel Rinaldi/Redux
Read it here: 
http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201406/glenn-greenwald-edward-snowden-no-place-to-hide?currentPage=1

assangistan:

I think what I realized is, there’s a lot to fear, but there’s actually very little that we need or can’t be without. I think once you kind of let go of the things you cling to no matter what and that you’re petrified of losing, that’s when you become a lot more powerful.

Glenn Greenwald on how fear and courage works, in his new interview in GQ Magazine. 

Photo: Gabriel Rinaldi/Redux

Read it here: 

http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201406/glenn-greenwald-edward-snowden-no-place-to-hide?currentPage=1

medialawnorthernireland:

Slide naming NSA corporate partners (including Intel, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Oracle) published by Greenwald (via @moltke) http://t.co/IOGimzE0oZ