Glenn Greenwald: “Edward Snowden and the Secrets of the National Security State”

Glenn Greenwald, best known for his series in “The Guardian” detailing classified information about global surveillance programs based on top-secret documents provided by Edward Snowden, spoke speak at the University of Utah on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Greenwald, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who sparked a worldwide debate over freedom of speech, provided the keynote address during Secrecy Week, a week of events sponsored by the College of Humanities exploring government surveillance in the U. S.

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  • DCWhatthe

    Love this guy.

    Glenn misses something, regarding Snowden's wishes and Oliver's insistence that Snowden failed, based on an unscientific survey which demonstrated he wasn't well known.

    What Glenn misses, is that is nearly EXACTLY what Snowden wanted.  Glenn mentions this, in the film. 

    Snowden didn't want the debate to be about him, and unfortunately he didn't get his wish in the political and media discussions, because of the odd focus of other journalists and media.

    But, it looks like Snowden DID get what he wanted, in terms of what the general public knows.  If you ask most people whether they know their phone calls & electronic communications are being monitored,  many of them would react with a yep.  But ask them who Snowden is, and they are less knowledgeable.

    Of course, Snowden would have preferred for citizens to have a more active role in changing things, after the revelations.  But at least their awareness of the fragile state of their privacy, is at a higher level than their knowledge of who the whistleblowers were.

  • Michael Eugene Kaley Sr

    The most Constitutionally abusive legislation in History.
    THE PATRIOT ACT!    The information gathered on you
    no matter the significance is leverage and globally we
    have no idea what the United States government is
    doing with it.     COINTELPRO!  

  • catnipcraze2

    you gotta realize, if Snowden choose not to go public and simply release info to the press in anonymity, he will die faster… by going public, he set himself to be a public figure, this draws media attention, and almost warrant himself free from assassination by the CIA/NSA.

    Going to Hong Kong was not a stupid move, HK is still relatively a normal territory but under an independent great power, in worst case scenario, the Chinese wouldn't simply "cooperate" and hand him over to the US… and this point has been proven correct. The Chinese government engineered his great escape to Russia.

  • Jack Edwards

    Glenn should make a world tour to audiences of politicians with their feet nailed to the floor and explain to them what democracy means. Seems most of them think it's a licence to empower themselves and their pockets at the expense of the citizens. When you recall the trash we vote into power Mr Greenwald stands towering above them with his simple but principled arguments for the rights of people to have open and honest governments.

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