Snowden: Government "Exploiting" 9/11 To Justify Surveillance Programs


EDWARD SNOWDEN: I’ve never told anybody this. No journalist. But I was on Fort Meade on September 11th. I was right outside the NSA. So I remember β€” I remember the tension of that day. I remember hearing on the radio the planes hitting. And I remember thinking my grandfather, who worked for the FBI at the time β€” was in the Pentagon when the plane hit it. I take the threat of sβ€” terrorism seriously. And I think we all do. And I think it’s really disingenuous for β€” for the government to invoke β€” and sort of scandalize our memories, to sort of exploit the β€” the national trauma that we all suffered together and worked so hard to come through to justify programs that have never been shown to keep us safe, but cost us liberties and freedoms that we don’t need to give up and our Constitution says we should not give up.

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