Whistleblower Edward Snowden Leaked The Documents About US Mass Surveillance (Video) (30:22)
He Spoke About His Disclosures And His Life To NDR Investigative Journalist Seipel In Moscow On January 26, 2014
Every time you pick up the phone, dial a number, write an email, make a purchase, travel on the bus carrying a cell phone, swipe a card somewhere, you leave a trace and the government has decided that its a good idea to collect it all, everything. Even if youve never been suspected of any crime. The Fourth Amendment of the US Bill of Rights says: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. I happened to watch this interview after watching President Obamas uncouth, demagogic, and deceitful 2014 State of the Union address (and the Republican partys equally disgraceful response) this evening.At great personal sacrifice, Snowden has exposed deep criminality in the government and is a hero! He must be defended! The real traitors are those who search and seize information without probable cause and due process, and those who abet them."
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