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Laura Poitras and Edward Snowden receive 2014 Ridenhour Prize for truth-telling (transcript)

Via live video feed:


Laura Poitras: Today a lot of people have talked about the risks that whistleblowers have taken and I just would like to acknowledge the impact on their families and how difficult that is, and I believe that some people in Ed’s family are here today and I just want to acknowledge the sacrifice that they’ve made.

Edward Snowden: I actually can see my father sitting in the front row there, but I didn’t want to call him out because I didn’t want to add any... Thank you for coming, I really appreciate your support. I know this has been hard for everyone, and I love you, Dad. So thank you.

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Post Munk Debate Show - transcript

"First of all, I think it’s fiction that they say, “Well we only collect information on foreigners.” Who cares? The U.S. will collect information on Canadians, Canadians will collect information on Americans, and vice versa with the Five Eyes, each being each other’s eyes."

Continuing on from here, a review of the debate from a Canadian perspective. Immediately after the debate in Toronto, the conversation continued online. Hosted by Dr. Ron Deibert, Director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, and joined by Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, as well as Joseph Menn, Technology Projects Reporter with Thomson Reuters. Transcript below fold. Read more about Post Munk Debate Show - transcript

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Marcy Wheeler on Risen-Poitras-Binney NSA story, and Walmart and Obamacare

Marcy Wheeler, always worth listening to, was interviewed again on The Scott Horton Show on September 30. From the program notes:

Blogger Marcy Wheeler discusses the New York Times article ["N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens"] verifying the claims of NSA whistleblower William Binney; how the NSA achieved Total Information Awareness through multi-sourced metadata; the tightly-woven webs of information that get ordinary Americans caught up in foreign intelligence investigations; why the NSA can’t or won’t tell Senator Ron Wyden how many Americans have been spied on; and the good and bad aspects of Obamacare.

Podcast here, and transcript below the fold. Read more about Marcy Wheeler on Risen-Poitras-Binney NSA story, and Walmart and Obamacare

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Just Because They Can . . .

A commenter at DailyKos on my previous post on drawing the line in identifying whistle blowers said, among other things:

What I really find interesting is that Greenwald isn't even allegeding any wrong doing or illegal activity, just that the NSA 'has the capability' well no shit sherlock the government could do lots of things that doesn't mean it does or will.

I gave the following answer to that claim. Read more about Just Because They Can . . .

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