Snowden's Christmas Day Message
The first thing I see on Fox News the next morning after Snowden's speech is a "fair and balanced" panel of three of those phony "small government" Conservatives ripping into Snowden and defending the unconstitutional 1984 Police Surveillance State.
In disgust I turned off Fox and put in a Three Stooges DVD. The Stooges are at least honest in their stupidity compared to the moron talking heads on TV.
Edward Snowden invoked George Orwell, someone so many police state loving right and left wingers want to pretend never existed. Snowden warned of the dangers of unchecked government surveillance Wednesday in a televised Christmas message to the British people that reflected his growing willingness to take a public role in the debate he ignited.
Speaking directly into the camera from Moscow, where he took refuge after leaking vast troves of information on NSA spying, Snowden said government surveillance methods far surpass those described in Orwell’s dystopic novel “1984.”
“The types of collection in the book — microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us — are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go,” he said. “Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person.”
The brief video marked Snowden’s first television appearance since he fled possible prosecution in the United States and arrived in Moscow in June.
It came days after The Washington Post published an extensive account of Snowden’s comments during more than 14 hours of interviews.
“The mission’s already accomplished,” he said. “I already won. As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”
Snowden echoed those sentiments Wednesday, saying he sees an opportunity to “find a better balance, end mass surveillance and remind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel, asking is always cheaper than spying.”
(New York Post)