Rapid Fire, June 11, 2013: Neverending Surveillance of Americans
- Glen Greenwald’s 1-2 punch scoop publicizing blanket capture of Verizon phone records, and the NSA’s Prism program to collect data from customers of American technology firms, has a 3rd shot: his source, Edward Snowden, stepped forward voluntarily. After a successful mass-casualty terrorist attack in Boston despite all of these measures, the Attorney-General authorizing wide-ranging surveillance of reporters, and revelations that the IRS has used its own massive powers to systematically persecute the Obama administration’s political opponents, the “NSA files” story has the public’s attention.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t finish with Glen Greenwald’s interview of Edward Snowden, as Snowden explains what he worked on, what he saw, and what caused him to abandon his girlfriend, high-paying job, and home. Here’s the video below: