Snowden: “Is It Really Terrorism That We’re Stopping? I Say No. The Bottom Line Is That Terrorism … Has Always Been a Cover For Actions”

Snowden Hits the Nail on the Head

Edward Snowden previously said about mass surveillance by the NSA:

These programs were never about terrorism: they’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power.

Today, Snowden told a TED conference:

Is it really terrorism that we’re stopping? I say no.

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The bottom line is that terrorism […] has always been a cover for actions. Terrorism evokes an emotional response.

He’s right

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  • musings2

    right on

  • Voice of Reason

    Have a little sympathy for the Ruling Classes. For more than three centuries they haven’t needed spying, even if it had been technically possible. They have controlled with their money. But that source of control is breaking down – a victim first of increasing levels of general prosperity and then of Ruling Class over-reaching and general stupidity. Warren Buffet called the over-reaching, the leveraging and rampant money creation by Wall Street’s financial engineers “weapons of financial mass destruction”. Increasingly desperate for money-making opportunities and oblivious to the real source of the wealth they accumulated or inherited – the industry and enterprise of the ‘serfs’ in their mother-countries – they off-shored that industry and drove down the prosperity of their serfs to the point where, even if those serfs couldn’t see what was going on because their education and sources of information were controlled by those self-same Ruling Classes, they were driven to the point of rebellion by the dictates of mere survival.

    To paraphrase FDR “There is nothing to fear but justice itself.”

    • jadan

      Yes, the financialization of the economy and the creation of the derivative market is an indication of systemic failure. It’s not “innovation” and these new “financial products” are worthless. Once upon a time Wall Street allocated capital to fund industrial development, whereas today it steals capital to fund its gambling addiction and the black projects within the secret government Snowden alludes to. The War on Terror isn’t cheap. Even when Wall Street was doing something useful, it was hated and reviled because it has no concept of the “public interest”, but today it is a tool of the intelligence agencies, organized crime, and unseen conspirators within the national security state. It works actively against any sane notion of public interest. 911 was quite a complex undertaking. How was it funded? We can only guess. The Boston Marathon baloney was not a cheap piece of theater. Terror is not a simple anarchist’s bomb. It require a governmental apparatus and a funding stream to create the desired political results. Why is it when Snowden states the obvious, it’s news?

  • jo6pac

    Yep he is right and every time some one tells me we have to give up some our rights because of the bad guys I like to point out that the Amerikan govt and their puppet master need the bad guys to justifies what they are doing to us. It has nothing to do with bad guys because according to nsa and all other 3 letter govt. offices all citizens are bad. Well except the 1%

  • Voice of Reason (again)

    Have a little sympathy for the Ruling Classes. For more than three
    centuries they haven’t needed spying, even if it had been technically
    possible. They have controlled with their money. But that source of
    control is breaking down – a victim first of increasing levels of
    general prosperity and then of Ruling Class over-reaching and general
    stupidity. Warren Buffet called the over-reaching, the leveraging and
    rampant money creation by Wall Street’s financial engineers “weapons of
    financial mass destruction”. Increasingly desperate for money-making
    opportunities and oblivious to the real source of the wealth they
    accumulated or inherited – the industry and enterprise of the ‘serfs’ in
    their mother-countries – they off-shored that industry and drove down
    the prosperity of their serfs to the point where, even if those serfs
    couldn’t see what was going on because their education and sources of
    information were controlled by those self-same Ruling Classes, they were
    driven to the point of rebellion by the dictates of mere survival.

    To paraphrase FDR “There is nothing to fear but justice itself.”

    P.S. What happened to the 3 comments the home page link said were supposed to be here? The one above showed up for a while and then it didn’t.