Edward Snowden on Executive Power Overreach and Protection from Mass Surveillance

Edward J. Snowden is a U. S. whistleblower and data protection activist persecuted by the United States for his patriotic act of telling the truthThe unconstitutional man-hunt by the U. S. government confines Snowden to speaking over video conference links from his exile in Russia. Our article is based on his most recent appearance in a video conference where he answers questions from n Netherlands-based and wider internet audience.

Rather than talking a lot about individual bureaucrats or presidents, Snowden — contrary to the YouTube video title, let alone the rather ridiculous thumbnail image, above — makes it quite clear that these do not really matter so much. He continues to outline what is wrong with a society and with a system allowing executive power overreach without proper judicial control. This highlights the very principles the founding fathers had in mind when drafting the U. S. constitution, and it seems the world urgently needs to be reminded of the ideas, philosophies, and insights on which these principles are based.

Snowden continues to outline that choice is with individuals rather than expecting a system or an administration to provide just what people may think is right for them — or, even worse, be silent and accept whatever policy comes along, whether it may be morally or ethically right or wrong.

Snowden further points out how privacy-aware users should go from here and select trustworthy and “exceptional” services instead of Yahoo or similar garbage providers for uninformed consumers who are only out there to exploit individual information in order to re-sell it to the highest bidder. As so often, Snowden’s take on this is truly enlightened (and enlightening). Highlighting that it is the users who need to support what’s right, to choose products and services wisely, and to stand up against wrongdoers when there’s something severely wrong (as in the case of NSA and similar executive power overreach without proper judicial control), he made a very impressive appearance going far beyond what that title implied.