Monday, 10 June 2013

Edward Snowden - modern day hero

I'd brush it off if it was not for the fact that i know well the mentality of government employees and contractors - we all would like the security of permanent access to a free-flowing and limitless supply of nutritious blood provided by the nipple of taxation. For such security almost all will turn a blind eye to ethical considerations.

Almost all - but not all - Snowden, Assange, and others, for all their own human foibles, at least they try to show us ourselves at our worst.

i got this from here (with this interesting follow up, and this cool vid)

there are other places this story will play out

it's pretty disturbing but i guess that very very few people actually care

as long as they get to drink on Friday and watch the footie and have that BBQ on Sunday

really who cares?


see also

Salon: Revealed: “Boundless Informant,” NSA’s powerful datamining tool,
Business Insider: It Seems A Bit Early To Call Edward Snowden A ‘Hero’,
Salon: If you know nothing about whistle-blowers, don’t cover them,
Salon: Thomas Drake: The NSA will come after him with everything they’ve got,
Salon: Will China give up Snowden?,
Salon: European leaders express outrage, but are they really OK with letting the NSA “do their dirty work”?,
ABC (Aus): PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden sacked from Booz Allen; hiding in unknown location,
Reuters: U.S. tech firms push for government transparency on security,
Business Insider: China To Weigh Snowden’s Fate,
Salon: Encrypt your emails, evade the NSA,
Salon: 10 dumbest reactions to the NSA scandal,
Naked Capitalist: Snowden Shows South China Morning Post Details of NSA Hacking in China,
ABC: Hong Kong protesters rally in support of US spy whistleblower Edward Snowden,
Salon: PRISM part of a much larger government surveillance program,
Market Watch: Are Google, Facebook lying about the spying?,
Salon: Privacy versus security: Does the NSA’s surveillance program work?,
Business Insider: PORTRAIT OF THE LEAKER AS A YOUNG MAN: Edward Snowden Has Always Been A Privacy Fanatic,
Business Insider: Facebook And Microsoft Finally Allowed To Disprove ‘Hyperbolic And False’ Initial Spying Reports,
Salon: PRISM software works just like Facebook ads,
Salon: Is Alex Gibney’s WikiLeaks film “state agitprop”?,
Salon: The dangerous ethics behind Google’s transparency claims,
Market Watch: Why Google, Facebook must nip spy tag,
Reuters: FBI says U.S. will hold Snowden responsible for NSA leaks,
Salon: NSA surveillance didn’t lead to capture of deadly terrorist,
Salon: No one understands what treason is,
Naked Capitalist: What Are You Doing to Protect Yourself From NSA? #SafeData,
Reuters: Web companies begin releasing surveillance information after U.S. deal,
Reuters: Microsoft got more than 6,000 U.S. data requests in second half 2012,
News Observer: Web giants get broader surveillance revelations,
ABC: Facebook, Microsoft reveal surveillance request data after US deal,
Reuters: Facebook got 9,000-10,000 government data requests in second half 2012,
Salon: About half the Senate skipped classified NSA briefing,
Market Watch: Officials: NSA surveillance blocked terror plots,
Salon: Dick Cheney praises NSA surveillance program,
Think Progress: Intelligence Officials Claim That NSA Surveillance Foiled Terrorist Plots In Over 20 Nations,
Economic Policy Institute: Why I Am Not Impressed with the Edward Snowden NSA Leaks, So Far,
Think Progress: Dick Cheney Laughs Off Privacy Concerns Over Government Surveillance,
CCG: One lesson from the NSA scandal: Find out where your cloud provider's data centers are located,
Reuters: Apple got up to 5,000 data requests in six months,
Economic Populist: This Big Business of Big Brother,
News Observer: How Britain spies on friends and rivals alike,
Market Watch: Snowden: Facebook, Google can resist NSA,
Think Progress: How Edward Snowden’s New Leaks Are Distracting From The Conversation He Wanted,
ABC: US whistleblower Edward Snowden says more leaks to come as father pleads with him to stay quiet,
Salon: Five major takeaways from Edward Snowden Q&A, Why the US government Spies on its own Citizens,
Reuters: Yahoo says it had as many as 13,000 data requests,
Market Watch: Facebook seen most vulnerable in spy scandal,
News Observer: Yahoo discloses number of US govt data requests,
Ritholz: The Private-Intelligence Boom, by the Numbers,
Salon: House hearing in celebration of NSA spying,
Market Watch: Google cites 1st Amendment in transparency push,
Salon: NSA spying kills my faith in America,
Wired: The NSA Hearing, by the Numbers,
Wired: NSA Disruption of Stock Exchange Bomb Plot Disputed
Wired: Justice Department Fought to Conceal NSA’s Role in Terror Case From Defense Lawyers
Wired: Google Challenges FISA Gag Orders on Free Speech Grounds
Wired: Brand Damage Through Information Access
Economonitor: What Bothers me About NSA Data Collection: A Reply to Thomas Friedman
Salon: Does Obama know what “transparent” means?
Salon: Why Metadata really is the message
Reuters: Obama defends intelligence tactics in wary Berlin
Salon: Snowden’s real crime: Humiliating the state
Salon: What everybody gets wrong about Orwell
Salon: WikiLeaks helping Snowden seek asylum
Guardian: NSA chief claims 'focused' surveillance disrupted more than 50 terror plots
Washington's Blog: No, NSA Spying Did NOT Prevent a Terror Attack on Wall Street
Empty Wheel: Section 215 Dragnet: Again with the Passive Voice Oversight
FDL Action: Partisans are only Concerned about Government Surveillance When the Other Side is in Charge
Wired: Phew, NSA Is Just Collecting Metadata. (You Should Still Worry)
Salon: The secret history of the Bill of Rights
ABC: Government refuses to be drawn on whether MPs' emails are spied on
Salon: How Snowden empowers China
Wired: 5 Fun Facts From the Latest NSA Leak
Salon: More on NSA spying
Reuters: British spy agency taps cables, shares with NSA: Guardian
Stuff: Kim Dotcom rails against spy agency powers
Physics of Finance: The War on Reality
Opinionator: The Real War on Reality
Scientific American: How Are the NSA and Others Collecting and Using our Data?
Market Watch: NSA leaker Snowden charged with espionage: report
Reuters: British spy agency taps cables, shares with NSA: Guardian
Salon: Reports: Edward Snowden charged with espionage
Stuff: US requests Snowden detained
ABC: US surveillance leaker Edward Snowden charged with espionage
Engadget: EFF looks at rules controlling NSA surveillance, sees big risks for Americans
Engadget: US government files criminal charges against Edward Snowden over PRISM leaks
Bloomberg: Booz Allen, the World's Most Profitable Spy Organization
Bloomberg: NSA Surveillance Leaks Startle Privacy Board Back to Life
Investors: OK To Spy On Americans, But Don't Monitor A Mosque
Stuff: US requests Snowden detained
Reuters: German minister seeks answers from UK over spying 'catastrophe'
Business Insider: LEAKER UPDATE: Snowden’s Just Hanging Out In Hong Kong Giving More U.S. Intelligence Secrets To The Chinese
Salon: Edward Snowden “in a safe place” in Hong Kong
ABC: Snowden in 'safe place' as US seeks extradition and new leaks emerge
Salon: Obama’s aversion to leaks channels Reagan
South China Morn Post: EXCLUSIVE: US hacked Pacnet, Asia Pacific fibre-optic network operator, in 2009
Wired: In WikiLeaks Probe, Feds Used a Secret Search Warrant to Get Volunteer’s Gmail
Wired: U.K. Spy Agency Secretly Taps Over 200 Fiber-Optic Cables, Shares Data With the NSA
Wikileaks: Statement by Julian Assange after One Year in Ecuadorian Embassy
ZeroHedge: Meet The Man In Charge Of America's Secret Cyber Army (In Which "Bonesaw" Makes A Mockery Of PRISM)
ABC: China labels US as world's biggest spying 'villain' as Edward Snowden raises new snooping claims
Economic Populist: Do You Think the NSA Whistleblower Should Be Prosecuted?
NY Times: Where Did Our ‘Inalienable Rights’ Go?
Reuters: Hong Kong lets Snowden leave in move bound to infuriate U.S.
ABC: US spy whistleblower Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong, reportedly en route to Moscow
Economic Policy Journal: BREAKING: Snowden on Flight to Moscow
ABC: US spy whistleblower Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong, reportedly en route to Moscow
Stuff: Whistleblower Snowden allowed to leave Hong Kong
Reuters: Hong Kong lets Snowden leave, with Cuba among possible destinations
Salon: Edward Snowden departs Hong Kong on flight to Moscow
Market Watch: Snowden flees Hong Kong, lands in Moscow
Salon: U.S. revokes Snowden’s passport, sources say
Mises: The NSA’s Spying and Why it Matters
Salon: Snowden seeking asylum in Ecuador, says WikiLeaks
Reuters: Fugitive Snowden seeks asylum in Ecuador: foreign minister
Stuff: Snowden 'seeks asylum in Ecuador'
ABC: Edward Snowden helped by WikiLeaks to leave Hong Kong and seek asylum in Ecuador
Reuters: U.S. warns countries against Snowden travel
ABC: WikiLeaks helps Edward Snowden leave Hong Kong and seek asylum in Ecuador
Reuters: U.S. warns countries against Snowden travel
Reuters: White House expects Russia to look at all options to expel Snowden back to U.S.
Reuters: Snowden expected to fly to Cuba, U.S. urges his detention
Naked Capitalism: Quo Vadis, Edward Snowden?
Wired: Where in the World Is Edward Snowden?
Wired: Keeping Your Data Private Denies You Access to the Latest Tech

Scientific America: WikiLeaks Defends NSA Whistleblower, Condemns PRISM Digital Surveillance
Salon: Snowden won’t find a beacon of civil rights in Ecuador
Reuters: U.S. presses Russia as mystery over Snowden deepens
Reuters: White House presses Russia to expel Snowden; sharp words for China
Stuff: Dunne pressured over controversial spy bill
Reuters: Behind Snowden's Hong Kong exit: fear and persuasion
Reuters: U.S. warns countries against Snowden travel
Cloud Times: Which Effect Does PRISM Have on the Cloud?
Engadget: Edward Snowden tells South China Morning Post he took Booz Allen job to collect NSA information
Engadget: Australia takes the hint, postpones plans for PRISM-style snooping
ABC: US presses Russia to deliver NSA leaker Edward Snowden, slams China for letting him leave Hong Kong
Wired: NSA Surveillance Leaks Prompt Legislation
Reuters: No sign of Snowden as Aeroflot plane lands in Havana


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