Full-Length Liberty Quotation: Glenn Greenwald on the Iraqi Origins of NSA Surveillance Policy

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Greenwald“One of the things I try to convey in my book is just how pervasive this motto — ‘all the signals all the time’ — is in terms of what the NSA sees as its mission.  Their goal is not just a targeted operation designed to monitor the communications of particular people.  They want to turn the Internet into a limitless system of surveillance.  And it’s not just an institutional aspiration.  It’s something that they are extremely close to fulfilling.

“The NSA is already collecting so much data that their primary problem at this point is finding a way to store it all.  Keep in mind that enormous sums of data can be stored on thumb drives now.  The amount of data that the NSA collects is so gargantuan — billions of emails, telephone calls, and other online activities everyday — that they’re building a sprawling new facility in Utah just to be able to store it all.

“In fact, the idea of collecting everything was something pioneered by Gen. Alexander when he was deployed in Baghdad during the Iraq war.  What we really have now is a communications strategy that was developed for an enemy population in a time of war that has now been imported onto American soil and aimed at our own population.  I think that’s an expression of just how radical it is.”

Glenn Greenwald, “No Place to Hide,” Cato Policy Report (July/August 2014)

Liberty Quotation: Edward Snowden on the Price of Free Speech

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Edward Snowden in his interview with the German TV station ARD, which was broadcast on 26 January.“The price for my speech was my passport, but I would pay it again:  I will not be the one to ignore criminality for the sake of political comfort.  I would rather be without a state than without a voice.”

Edward Snowden, in an open letter to the citizens of Brazil in Folha de São Paolo, 17 December 2013.

The Day We Fight Back (Against Domestic Surveilliance)

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The Day We Fight Back (Against Domestic Surveilliance)
A huge coalition of groups have come together on the internet to protest US domestic surveillance programs. Contact your representatives, take a stand on social media, put links or banners on your blogs and websites. This approach worked to defeat SOPA, it can help build domestic support for our pro-liberty, pro-privacy agenda on national security matters. Fight back against those who would trade your liberty for their false sense of security!