Snowden: NSA snoops on U.S. phone calls without warrants

Edward Snowden, who became famous for leaking top-secret U.S. government documents, said today that the National Security Agency can get a look at information from Americans’ domestic phone calls without a warrant.In an online discussion organized by the Guardian newspaper this morning, the 29-year-old former intelligence analyst said, when it comes to the contents of e-mail and phone calls, “Americans’ communications are collected and viewed on a daily basis on the certification of an analyst rather than a warrant.” see:Edward Snowden: the truth about US surveillance will emerge
The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned that the truth about the extent of surveillance carried out by US authorities would emerge, even if he was eventually silenced.In a live Q&A with Guardian readers from a secret location in Hong Kong, Snowden hinted at more disclosures to come and that their publication could not be prevented by his arrest or – more chillingly – his death. Defends Authorization of Surveillance Programs
President Obama defended his authorization of recently revealed domestic and international surveillance programs in comments broadcast Monday night but rejected the suggestion that his policies were basically a warmed-over version of those of the last White House.”Some people say, ‘Well, you know, Obama was this raving liberal before. Now he’s, you know, Dick Cheney,’ ” Mr. Obama told Charlie Rose on his PBS interview show. “Dick Cheney sometimes says, ‘Yeah, you know, he took it all lock, stock and barrel.’ My concern has always been not that we shouldn’t do intelligence gathering to prevent terrorism, but rather, are we setting up a system of checks and balances?” Leaker Denies Giving Secrets to China
Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has confessed to disclosing troves of highly classified documents detailing American surveillance at home and abroad, said Monday that he had not given any classified materials to the government of China.”This is a predictable smear that I anticipated before going public,” Mr. Snowden, who is believed to be in hiding in Hong Kong, said in an online question-and-answer session on the Web site of The Guardian, the British newspaper that has published most of the secret information to date. He said that such speculation was “intended to distract from the issue of U.S. government misconduct.” for spying’s sake: spooks and their intelligence addiction
Spying is said to be the world’s second oldest profession. Since spying is covert by definition, it is used as a weapon against friends and allies, as well as enemies.However, the startling leaks published by the Guardian demonstrate, more than ever before, how technology has hugely extended the scope of spying in a way that has unprecedented implications for personal privacy, corporate wealth, and the conduct of international relations.

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