Top 20 Edward Snowden Quotes and sayings

Top 20 Edward Snowden Quotes and sayings

Top 20 Edward Snowden Quotes and sayings

Edward Joseph Snowden is an American whistleblower who copied and leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency in 2013 when he was a Central Intelligence Agency employee and subcontractor.
Born: June 21, 1983 (age 36 years)

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”
― Edward Snowden

My Hope in Obama Was ‘Misplaced’
Edward Snowden

Government is the only obstacle between us and a future of private transactions. -Edward Snowden

Facebook Is Spying On You
Edward Snowden

“Under observation, we act less free, which means we effectively are less free.”
― Edward Snowden

“Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give to an American.”
― Edward Snowden

“These programs were never about terrorism: they’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power.”
― Edward Snowden

“Study after study has shown that human behavior changes when we know we’re being watched. Under observation, we act less free, which means we effectively *are* less free.”
― Edward Snowden

“I was right outside the NSA [on 9/11], so I remember the tension on that day. I remember hearing on the radio, ‘the plane’s hitting,’ and I remember thinking my grandfather, who worked for the FBI at the time, was in the Pentagon when the plane hit it…I take the threat of terrorism seriously, and I think we all do. And I think it’s really disingenuous for the government to invoke and sort-of scandalize our memories to sort-of exploit the national trauma that we all suffered together and worked so hard to come through — and 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 that our Constitution says we should not give up.”
― Edward Snowden

“We’d do well to remember that at the end of the day, the law doesn’t defend us; we defend the law. And when it becomes contrary to our morals, we have both the right and the responsibility to rebalance it toward just ends.”
― Edward Snowden

“Ultimately, if people lose their willingness to recognize that there are times in our history when legality becomes distinct from morality, we aren’t just ceding control of our rights to the government, but our agency in determining our futures.”
― Edward Snowden

“Encryption works. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on. Unfortunately, endpoint security is so terrifically weak that NSA can frequently find ways around it.”
― Edward Snowden

“You shouldn’t change your behavior because a government agency somewhere is doing the wrong thing. If we sacrifice our values because we’re afraid, we don’t care about those values very much.”
― Edward Snowden

“My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.”
― Edward Snowden

“When we’ve got these people who have practically limitless powers within a society if they get a pass without so much as a slap on the wrist, what example does that set for the next group of officials that come into power? To push the lines a little bit further, a little bit further, a little bit further, and we’ll realize that we’re no longer citizens – we’re subjects.”
― Edward Snowden

“You gotta fight for your right … to party!”
― Edward Snowden

“I don’t want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity or love or friendship is recorded.”
― Edward Snowden

“And this is not just the United States’ problem, it is a global problem. One of the primary arguments used by apologists for this surveillance state that has developed across the United States and in every country worldwide is a trust of the government. This is critical — even if you trust the U.S. government and their laws[…] think about the governments you fear the most, whether it is China, Russia or North Korea, or Iran. These spying capabilities exist for everyone.
This is not just an American thing; this is happening in every country in every part of the world. We first need to move beyond the argumentation by policy officials of wishing for something that is technically impossible. The idea ‘Let’s get rid of encryption’. It is out of their hands. The jurisdiction of Congress ends at its borders. Even if all strong encryption is banned in the United States because we don’t want Al Qaeda to have it, we can’t stop a group from developing these tools in Yemen, or in Afghanistan, or any other region of the world and spreading the tools globally.”
― Edward Snowden, Edward Snowden: The Internet Is Broken

“I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions and that the return of this information to the public marks my end. I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon, and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed for even an instant. If you seek to help, join the open-source community and fight to keep the spirit of the press alive and the internet free. I have been to the darkest corners of government, and what they fear is light.”
― Edward Snowden

“America must have a greater commitment to justice than it does simply to the law.”
― Edward Snowden