Edward Snowden was interviewed over several days in Hong Kong by Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill.
Q: Why did you decide to become a whistleblower?
A: “The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.
“I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things … I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under.”
Q: But isn’t there a need for surveillance to try to reduce the chances of terrorist attacks such as Boston?
A: “We have to decide why terrorism is a new threat. There has always been terrorism. Boston was a criminal act. It was not about surveillance but good, old-fashioned police work. The police are very good at what they do.”
Q: Do you see yourself as another Bradley Manning?
Obama in 2007: No more spying on citizens who are not suspected of a crime
That means no more illegal wire-tapping of American citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war. No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient. That is not who we are. And it is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists. The FISA court works. The separation of powers works. Our Constitution
works. We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers, and that justice is not arbitrary.
This Administration acts like violating civil liberties is the way to enhance our security. It is not. There are no short-cuts to protecting America, and that is why the fifth part of my strategy is doing the hard and patient work to secure a more resilient homeland.
Most Muslims in the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia would like sharia, or Islamic law, to be “the official law of the land,” according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.
The idea was most popular among Muslims surveyed in Iraq and Afghanistan and least popular in Central Asia, Russia and the Balkans, where less than half of Muslims supported it.
Today, the President released his 2012 federal income tax returns. He and the First Lady filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $608,611. The Obamas paid $112,214 in total tax.
Add Congresswoman DeGette to your list of Dumb Democratic Congresswomen. She believes that Magazines should be banned because once they are all shot, they will be gone for ever. Huh? Well, let’s let the Congresswoman explain:
“What’s the efficacy of banning these magazine clips? I will tell you, these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now, they’re going to shoot them” says Rep DeGette. According to her, “the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will be shot and there won’t be any more available.”
Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee who wanted the Mars Rover to take a photo of the Flag the Apollo Astronauts planted on the moon. and then was her, “there are two Vietnams North and South”
Nancy Pelosi on the economy said, “every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs” or on Health Care bill, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
California Senator Barbara Boxer said “Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, ‘Thank God, I’m still alive.’ But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again.”
Congresswoman Maxine Waters on socialism: “Guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal will be about socializing…uh, um…Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies.”
JANINE TURNER is an accomplished Actress, successful Entrepreneur, engaged Mom, hard-working Patriot and a studious Constitutionalist. Best-known for her television roles on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and NORTHERN EXPOSURE, Janine has also been seen by millions of people on Fox News Channel’s THE O’REILLY FACTOR and AMERICA LIVE WITH MEGYN KELLY. Her new PM Drive Time radio show launches on March 18th from Houston, TX and will be available nationally on Sirius-XM Ch. 166 and “I Heart Radio.” Janine recently took some time out to speak with Politisite about her launching “Constituting America,” the Founding Fathers, Acting in Hollywood and… Executive Orders.
KW: Many of us have never read or think twice about the U.S. Constitution after our school days. Why do you think this has occurred over time?
JT: It’s just not in the cultural forefront anymore. It’s not taught. Families don’t speak about it. In the early Revolutionary Days through the early 19th Century, everyone was so thrilled with these new-found liberties and they knew that their children were going to be the future of the Country. They were so proud and knew of [the Constitution’s] importance. They weren’t that so distant and far away from tyranny. I think that the further away we get from tyranny, the more comfortable we get. And politics seems unapproachable to some people. And then when they get involved and it doesn’t go their way, they get disappointed and feel powerless. I think a lot of that is the enormity of our Bills. In Federalist Paper 62, James Madison says “if the Laws are so voluminous that they cannot be read or so incoherent that they cannot be understood…” He goes on to ask… what’s the point? What is the point in having a legislative branch? What’s the point in electing our own officials, if we don’t understand anything that is going on. And I just think that Politics has just gotten enormous and people are frustrated.
KW: How has a lack of knowledge about our Constitution played into the America we have today, Politically and Culturally? If you say the word “Constitution,” many folks’ eyes glaze over. American pop culture is more interested in what Honey-Boo-Boo, One Direction or Beyonce are doing than the Constitution.