March 8, 2014
The National Security Agency’s (NSA) controversial sweeping surveillance distracts the agency from real threats, former government contractor Edward Snowden told European lawmakers this week.
“Suspicionless surveillance not only fails to make us safe, but it actually makes us less safe,” Snowden wrote in testimony to European Union Parliament members published on Friday.
“By squandering precious, limited resources on ‘collecting it all,’ we end up with more analysts trying to make sense of harmless political dissent and fewer investigators running down real leads,” he said.
Snowden’s testimony is a response to a request from the European lawmakers, who are conducting a review of government surveillance — including the NSA’s sweeping surveillance programs. Last year, Snowden leaked up to 200,000 classified U.S. documents to the media.
This article was posted: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 5:42 am