The Clapper and Obama Wars (spying on Americans) must go. Snooping on millions of Americans’ private data was interpreted in Section 215 of the Patriot Act as legitimate by the Obama Administration. In 2013 Director James R.Clapper was asked by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence “does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” The Clapper said no. Shortly after he had made that statement, he had sent a private letter, of which the content not on public record, to the committee admitting he clearly had made an error. A few months afterward, Edward Snowden had defected the NSA and had revealed classified information to the same effect. Edward Snowden is now assumed to Russia.
According to Edward Snowden, he is not a low-level 29-year old hacker, he’s a “technical specialist,” and he’s trained as a traditional spy. That is, he does not gather human intelligence in a paraphrase, but he “puts systems to work for the United States.”
Then, he rattled off a list of organizations with which he represented, manifesting disappointment that he was not declared a “traditional spy.”
Reason TV’s Zach Weissmueller interviews Ladar Levinson of Lavabit on Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency (NSA). Why did Levinson shut down Lavabit? What was the NSA trying to do? How is the NSA breaking privacy? What is dark mail? How is Levinson going to resurrect? What can be done to change the NSA’s practice of cyber surveillance that breaks the privacy of American citizens? What can be done to change or strengthen encryption standards and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) keys? Where is Edward Snowden in all this?