Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Edward Snowden – Do I agree or disagree with his actions?

After seeing the interview I got other thoughts, and I agree with his actions. The way he talked about it was really amazing. He is a very well educated man, and he knows what he talks about. He explained what the government does with all this data, and what it actually means to spy on a person.  He told how easy it is to track a laptop, but also how to tag individuals, or track their ``usernames`` and build a fingerprint.  
He meant that the public had the rights to know how all of these systems work.  And I totally agree with that, even though it was a bit shocking.  If there is some one of you that never have heard of him, here are some facts (we actually used padlet.com in our class to share our notes about him- check it out)  
And here are some facts about him which I found on the internet: 


·         Edward Snowden is a former National Security Agency subcontractor who made headlines in 2013 when he leaked top secret information about NSA surveillance activities.
·         While working at the NSA's Oahu office, Snowden began noticing government programs involving the NSA spying on American citizens via phone calls and internet use. Before long, leaving his "very comfortable life" and $200,000 salary behind, in May 2013, Snowden began copying top-secret NSA documents while at work, building a dossier on practices that he found invasive and disturbing. The documents contained vast and damning information on the NSA's domestic surveillance practices, including spying on millions of American citizens under the umbrella of programs such as PRISM.
·         After he had compiled a large store of documents, Snowden told his NSA supervisor that he needed a leave of absence to undergo treatment for epilepsy, a condition recently diagnosed. He also told his girlfriend that he'd be leaving Hawaii for a few weeks, remaining vague about why.

·         On May 20, 2013, Snowden took a flight to Hong Kong, China, where he remained during the early stages of the fallout. This fallout began the following month, on June 5, when the United Kingdom's Guardian newspaper released secret documents obtained from Snowden about an American intelligence body (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) demanding that Verizon release information "on a daily basis" culled from its American customers' activities.
·         The following day, the Guardian and the Washington Times released Snowden's leaked information on PRISM, an NSA program that allows real-time information collection, in this case, solely information on American citizens. A flood of information followed, and the American people, the international community and the U.S. government have since been scrambling to either hear more about it or have Snowden arrested.

He has also said that he is willing to sacrifice his life because he can't in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building. - Something that not many of us would say or stand for.  

So here you have the whole story: Do you think that he should go to prison for that? Will he ever get back to the USA?  
Personally I am really looking forward how this ``case`` will continue, and I really hope that he will not end up in prison. 

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