Edward Snowden

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If you use a privacy system like Tor that doesn't rely on a centralized corporation, keep doing that. twitter.com/Snowden/status…
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Even though we lost in court today, we will continue to fight for Americans’ right to privacy and free expression. We must be able to access the Internet without fear of government surveillance.
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Congress has made clear that the courts can and should decide whether this warrantless digital dragnet complies with the Constitution. And yet, to date, not a single challenge to Upstream surveillance has ever been allowed to go forward.
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Although the court held that Wikimedia had provided evidence that its communications with millions of users around the world are subject to NSA surveillance, the court said further litigation would expose sensitive information about the NSA's spying activities. We disagree.
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In a disappointing ruling today, a federal appeals court dismissed our client @Wikimedia's challenge to the mass surveillance of Americans' international emails, messaging, and web browsing.
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Brilliant essay by @Snowden Conspiracy theories are "a typology through which people who lack definite or satisfactory narratives as citizens explain to themselves their immiseration, their disenfranchisement, their lack of power, and even their lack of will." twitter.com/Snowden/status…
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“What is wrong with you people? All you want is intrigue, but an honest-to-God, globe-spanning apparatus of omnipresent surveillance riding in your pocket is not enough? You have to sauce that up?” ⁦@Snowdenedwardsnowden.substack.com/p/conspiracy-p…
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This year risks establishing the US judiciary as a failed institution, with any judges that retain a meaningful concept of justice consistently diluted into a powerless minority. You know what I'm talking about. twitter.com/PatrickCToomey…
NEW: The American company that sold a zero-click iMessage hacking tool to a UAE spying operation was Accuvant, a prolific Denver-based firm that specialized in iOS exploits. technologyreview.com/2021/09/15/103…
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If you're an ExpressVPN customer, you shouldn't be. twitter.com/josephmenn/sta…
To be clear, when the Saudi government uses NSO Group's spyware to surveil activists, that is not some sort of weird side effect of the government's efforts to "fight terror." The human rights abuses are the point. twitter.com/kevincollier/s…
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Now is a good time to remind people that the Saudi government would not be spying on activists' phones with no-click 0-days without knowledge and approval of the Israeli government, who could put a stop to NSO Group's sales right now.
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It took years — eight years and counting in exile — for me to realize that I was missing the point: we talk about conspiracy theories in order to avoid talking about conspiracy practices, which are often too daunting, too threatening, too total. edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/conspiracy-p…
Hey, can everyone retweet this to spread the word and boost turnout? There are #NoSpyPhone protests at Apple stores across the US today at 6pm local time! Tell Apple: NO to photo/message scanning on our phones! SF NYC PDX ATLANTA BOSTON CHICAGO +more nospyphone.com/#map
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September 12th was the first day of a new era, which America faced with a unified resolve, strengthened by the goodwill and sympathy of the world. In retrospect, my country could have done so much with this opportunity. Instead, it went to war. edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/9-12
The problem with social media is that this got three thousand retweets, but if you look at the replies you'll find about three of them actually bothered to read the article. 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 this is fine 🐕 🔥 🔥 🔥 �twitter.com/Snowden/status…t.co/7EtqxCwS7m
A young officer rushed past them down the hall and said, “They just bombed the Pentagon.” Met with expressions of disbelief, the young officer repeated, “I’m serious—they just bombed the Pentagon.” edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/9-12
If you weren't around or were too young to remember the aftermath of 9/11 and how it was that things went the way they did, read this. twitter.com/Snowden/status…
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This memoir is exceptional. Highly recommended, the excerpt shows his quality of writing. twitter.com/Snowden/status…
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To remember 9/11 means confronting the fact that the carnage and abuses that marked my young adulthood were born not only in the executive branch and the intelligence agencies, but also in the hearts and minds of all Americans, myself included. edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/9-12
"Before 9/11, it was the war on drugs. Now it’s corona. It’s ongoing. The so-called security apparatus always produces new narratives of fear conducive to expanding its powers, and 9/11 was one more crisis it tried to exploit." exberliner.com/features/peopl…
"It means, ultimately, confronting the fact that the carnage and abuses that marked my young adulthood were born not only in the executive branch and the intelligence agencies, but also in the hearts and minds of all Americans, myself included." twitter.com/Snowden/status…
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The Biden administration lied about who it killed with its drone strike. They had no idea who they hit. The media mindlessly repeated the false claim that they killed "terrorists" when, in fact, they just killed innocent people. A perfect summation of the US Endless Wars: twitter.com/evanhill/statu…
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The two decades since 9/11 have been a litany of American destruction by way of American self-destruction, with secret policies, secret laws, secret courts, and secret wars the US government has repeatedly denied, disclaimed, and distorted. edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/9-12
The sharpest part of the humiliation comes from acknowledging how easy this transformation was, and how readily I welcomed it. edwardsnowden.substack.com/p/9-12
The first US prosecution of a publisher, Assange, for truth-telling journalism now pends his extradition from the UK, the first of many unless Biden does what he should: drop the DOJ appeal now to extradite Assange. My piece with Alice Walker and Chomsky: newsweek.com/why-biden-pros…
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Not one official has been prosecuted for crimes by the US during the 20-year “War on Terror." Only whistleblowing officials like @Thomas_Drake1, @JohnKiriakou, Reality Winner, Daniel Hale, @xychelsea and @Snowden who exposed these crimes have been prosecuted...
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We were warned about the dangerous power of the USA PATRIOT Act. @Snowden proved that critics were justified. buff.ly/3yWhmSI
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Nine months into parenthood, and I'm beginning to suspect "Why won't you eat your dinner?" is one of the great mysteries in life.
Starbucks accepting #bitcoin as payment in El Salvador 🧡p
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Google’s mass surveillance is allowing users wholly unconnected to a crime to land under police investigation. @zackwhittaker quotes @FoxCahn saying: “Geofence warrants are unconstitutionally broad and invasive." techcrunch.com/2021/08/19/goo…
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Today Bitcoin was formally recognized as legal tender in its first country. Beyond the headlines, there is now pressure on competing nations to acquire Bitcoin—even if only as a reserve asset—as its design massively incentivizes early adoption. Latecomers may regret hesitating twitter.com/AaronvanW/stat…
Incredible NYT Magazine feature of ex-FBI agent, Terry Albury. His description of how "intelligence" collection destroys the lives of innocent Muslim Americans: nyti.ms/3hp6t6n
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@evacide We all know lots of ways backdoors are dangerous. What’s amazing about this case is it illustrated a NEW way they’re dangerous. The backdoor wasn’t directly exploited, but rather the architecture made it easy to replace one backdoor with a DIFFERENT one, locking out the original.
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Please read and be horrified by this thread in which cryptographer Matt Green recalls the time the NSA backdoored encryption that was implemented on Juniper routers and the Chinese government promptly hacked it. This is why encryption backdoors are bad. twitter.com/matthew_d_gree…
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"Why Aren't Millennials Buying New Homes?" truly a mystery 🤔m
This article is a good read and an important reminder of how things changed so dramatically so quickly. twitter.com/Snowden/status…
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“...The government had access to my private emails and were sharing them with Congress and leaking them to the media. I felt invaded by my own government, punished for leading a civil rights organization.” theguardian.com/world/2021/sep…
“They essentially claimed wartime authority to engage in domestic surveillance that is criminal under statutory law,” said Ben Wizner. theguardian.com/world/2021/sep…
I agree with this. @Apple must go further than merely "listening"—it must drop entirely its plans to put a backdoor into systems that provide vital protections to the public. Don't make us fight you for basic privacy rights. eff.org/deeplinks/2021…
The Snowden documents showed that by 14 September – just three days after the attacks – the then director of the NSA, Michael Hayden, had taken a “tactical decision” to begin snooping on the digital communications of people based in the US. theguardian.com/world/2021/sep…
“We should have known what was to come and, looking back at the public record, I think that on an intellectual level many of us did know. But the elite relentlessly repeated that the choice here was obvious: a guarantee of life or a certainty of death.” theguardian.com/world/2021/sep…
If the Patriot Act was produced in a flash, behind the scenes secret systems for mass surveillance were being built at even greater speed. One of the most audacious plans was drafted by nightfall on the day of 11 September itself. theguardian.com/world/2021/sep…
“Panic made us politically vulnerable. That vulnerability was exploited by our own government to entitle itself to radically expanded powers that had for decades been out of reach.” theguardian.com/world/2021/sep…
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