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That's the beauty of the Internet is that we're no longer tied to our communities by physical connections.
We're losing our way as a society. If we don't stand up, if we don't say what we think those rights should be, and if we don't protect them, we will very soon find out that we do not have them.
No system of mass surveillance has existed in any society that we know of to this point that has not been abused.
I have been a systems engineer, systems administrator, a senior adviser for the Central Intelligence Agency, a solutions consultant and a telecommunications information systems officer.
You can't come forward against the world's most powerful intelligence agencies and be completely free from risk.
I have had no contact with the Chinese government. I only work with journalists.
These programs were never about terrorism: they're about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They're about power.
What the government wants is something they never had before. They want total awareness. The question is, is that something we should be allowing?
Under observation, we act less free, which means we effectively are less free.
Bathtub falls and police officers kill more Americans than terrorism, yet we've been asked to sacrifice our most sacred rights for fear of falling victim to it.
There can be no faith in government if our highest offices are excused from scrutiny - they should be setting the example of transparency.
I wanted to fight in the Iraq war because I felt like I had an obligation as a human being to help free people from oppression.
I think the most important idea is to remember that there have been times throughout American history where what is right is not the same as what is legal.
Study after study has show that human behavior changes when we know we’re being watched. Under observation, we act less free, which means we effectively *are* less free.
In video games, one of the most helpless against injustice can even mighty.
Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say.