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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Citizenfour

 

It's been only four years since Edward Snowden copied and leaked classified information from the U.S. National Security Agency and yet how quickly we forget.

"Citizenfour" is a 2014 documentary film, directed by Laura Poitras, about Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal.

As the USA moves deeper into unchartered waters, it may be useful to watch this documentary and listen to Edward Snowden again.

So next time someone says to you, "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear", remember who this phrase is attributed to: Paul Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany.

Contrast this to Benjamin Franklin's "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

The Russian government allowed Snowden to live in Russia until Aug. 1, 2017. As far as anyone knows, he is still in the country, living in an unknown residence. But that doesn't mean he's hiding.

Considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others, the epic story of what he did, why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.


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