Disapprove of the government’s collection of telephone and internet data as part of anti-terrorism efforts, a new Pew Research poll finds, while 40% approve. Overall approval of the NSA’s data collection program has declined since last summer, when the story first broke based on Edward Snowden’s leaked information.”Today, 40% while 53% disapprove. In July, more Americans approved (50%) than disapproved (44%) of the program.”
Recently we learned that our governments, working in concert, have created a system of worldwide mass surveillance watching everything we do. Great Britain’s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information. The types of collection in the book — microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us — are nothing compared to what we have available today.
— Edward Snowden, in an “alternative Christmas message” broadcast on U.K. television.
Number of world leaders the National Security Agency had been monitoring — without the knowledge of President Barack Obama — for five years.
Pfc. Manning was not a humanist; he was a hacker. He was not a whistle-blower. He was a traitor, a traitor who understood the value of compromised information in the hands of the enemy and took deliberate steps to ensure that they, along with the world, received it.
— Pfc. Bradley Manning’s military prosecutor, Capt. Ashden Fein, in his closing arguments in the Bradley Manning court martial, characterizing the recipients of the leaked NSA material — journalists — as “the enemy.”
55% to 34%
Margin by which a new Quinnipiac poll finds American voters say that Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower, rather than a traitor. In a massive shift in attitudes, by 45% to 40% voters say the government’s anti-terrorism efforts go too far in restricting civil liberties, a reversal from January 2010 when voters said 63% to 25% that such activities didn’t adequately protect the country.