Glenn Greenwald Keynote Speech, Hamburg

Says Boing Boing:

Yesterday in Hamburg, Glenn Greenwald gave an astounding, must-watch keynote address to the gathered hackers at the 30th Chaos Communications Congress, or 30C3 (Greenwald starts at 4:36). Greenwald excoriated the press for failing to hold the world’s leaders to account, describing what he did with the Snowden leaks as challenge to the journalistic status quo as well as the political status quo. This is a leaping-off point for an extended riff on the active cooperation between the press and the national security apparatus, an arrangement calculated to give the appearance of oversight on surveillance activities without any such oversight (for example, BBC reporter expressed shock when he said that the role of the press should be to root out lies from senior spies, saying that generals and senior officials would ever lie to the public).

Glenn Greenwald demolishes Kirsty Wark

She didn’t stand a chance. The look on her face as he tears through her BS (and I’m sure I detected a moistening brow) suggests that she knows her argument was torpedoed below the water line.

Sheer poetic justice.

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The NSA debate is as much about journalism as surveillance – Glenn Greenwald, Guardian

Glenn Greenwald’s speech on Snowden and Freedom

I’ve never admired a left-wing journalist before, but Glenn Greenwald is a class apart from the bought and paid for, obedient, useful idiots that infest the offices of corporate media.

A damned fine speech from a clear-thinking courageous man worthy of the label “investigative journalist”.  He has decided to discard his fear and do what’s right – like Edward Snowden.

Forget Left and Right – these are divisive labels which hide much of what supporters of each wing has in common: individual liberty is an issue on which the Left and the Right can unite.

If the Left and Right join forces in the wake and on the back of the NSA revelation, the heroic sacrifice of Snowden and the courage of Greenwald and Wikileaks can provide us with an opportunity to tear down the Babylon that has been created over decades by the corporate vampires and warmongers.

If the dark forces can’t divide us, they can’t win.

Back door “snoopers’ charter” via Google

In view of the GCHQ spying operations on the public via the NSA, it is clear that the British government is paying the US government (amongst others) to spy on us, the population – the people whose liberties they are avowed to protect.  And we’re paying for our own surveillance prison.

It seems to me that the US wants the UK in the EU because it has always wanted to set up a global surveillance network.  The UK was its conduit. Via Google, et al, of course.

stelliosmavrakis‘s take on Google increasingly common:

“There was an article in the Telegraph a few days ago on Google’s plans to map and street view every inch of the planet. This was my comment in response to this, starting with the relevant paragraph from the article, to put my comment in context.
‘Our goal is to put together a sort of digital mirror of the world,” says Dan Sieberg, a Google exec and self-described “evangelist” for the Google Maps revolution. (Religious imagery comes naturally to Googlers: one of Sieberg’s colleagues describes him as a “guru”. The whole company has a slight hippy-cult feel to it’

So there we are, the greatest most comprehensive surveillance machine created and put in place by a bunch of  ‘get obscenely  rich’ so called ‘hippies,’ a machine will be refined and honed to perfection by Governments as they slowly bit by bit  implement mechanisms for totalitarian control of their ‘citizens’.
Oh, how the authorities must be rubbing their hands together at the prospect at all this, that  systems, that they know they themselves could never impose on the ‘people,’ are being put in place by intelligent, but seriously naïve profit driven ‘Google world zealots’ who have zero forward vision and delude themselves, that at the same time, they are somehow carrying forward the anti materialistic, and anti authoritarian hippy flag mantra, a whole life philosophy that just  ‘Google Glasses’ alone, is the absolute antithesis of, which or course will soon be worn by police, parking attendants, refuse collectors and all the rest of the usual collection of small minded officials  and ‘jobs worths.’

OK, I know, I know, Google, if you didn’t do it someone else would, but what is your ‘famous’ strapline then, that ‘good people’ do nothing about’ for it to exist in the first place.
Thanks Google! for a wonderful world! How future generations will look back and thank you.

Well, basically it horrifies me to be proved 100% right immediately, as I thought this level of extreme control was still a few years way, but why is it that the majority of people are totally blind to the ghastly world that computer technology is creating? and the staggering obvious fact that by such appalling abuse by the ‘authorities’ of private citizens rights, it destroys the very principles that western democracy is founded on. Basically the terrorists have already won.”

Of course, if we all stopped using Google, its fortunes and its influence would evaporate:  it feeds off our searches and communications.

Stop feeding the Google search engine, the Gmail account, G+, the Google phone, the apps, the Google blogs.  Ditch the lot.

Instead of Google eating us for lunch, let’s gobble it up and spit it out.

Quit the Google habit!