Edward Snowden SXSW townhall interview

NSA contractor Edward Snowden is still holed up in Russia and hiding from Johnny Law, but managed to attend a teleconference with the ACLU for the SXSW festival. Yahoo posted up some of the key points he mentioned about the surveillance and NSA stuff:

National Security Agency contractor-turned-leaker Edward Snowden told attendees at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, on Monday that they are “firefighters” against mass surveillance.

“The NSA … they’re setting fire to the future of the Internet,” Snowden said. “The result has been an adversarial Internet.”

“It’s nothing we asked for,” Snowden said of the NSA’s mass surveillance. “It’s not something we wanted.”

Snowden dismissed U.S. lawmakers who say his leaks have threatened national security.

“These things are improving national security,” Snowden said. “We rely on the ability to trust our communications.”

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People should be able to open emails without fear of spying, “whether they be journalists or activists,” Snowden said.

“We’ve actually had tremendous intelligence failures because we’ve been monitoring everybody’s communications rather than suspects,” Snowden said.

“What did we get from bulk collections?” Snowden said. “We got nothing.”

Snowden also criticized U.S. intelligence officials like James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, for “cheering” the NSA rather than holding it accountable.

“We have an oversight that could work,” Snowden said. “The overseers aren’t interested in oversight.”

I’d like to point out the pop culture links to conspiracies some more and mention that Katy Perry seemed to help the NSA program by associating the Prism name to her album (giving it a ‘positive’ spin), as I point out in the Katy Perry ‘Prism’ Illuminati symbolism post:

At the moment I have no solid links between Katy Perry and the NSA “Prism” program, but the names draw obvious suspicion. NSA’s Prism program has been all over the news since whistleblower Edward Snowden lifted the lid to the mainstream (we’ve been talking about privacy invasion since 2001 with the Patriot Act and whatnot). Prism is a data mining program that was initiated in 2007 under G.W. Bush under the name of the “Protect America Act” which is used to collect intelligence in order to prevent terrorist attacks. Don’t ask me if it works or not, it may be the best thing ever, but either way it’s a privacy invasion which some construe as a violation of the 4th amendment with its unlawful search of personal information.

I’ve been writing about Prism and the NSA’s mega data collection center in Utah called the “Bumblehive” in the past. Take a look at the pyramid on the NSA Prism logo:

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Here’s the video for Snowden’s interview:

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