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Snowden urges end to mass surveillance in Christmas message

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden will call citizens to work together to end mass surveillance when he delivers a Christmas Day broadcast on Britain's Channel 4 television network. 

In his first television appearance since claiming asylum in Russia, Snowden -- who caused shockwaves around the world by revealing mass US electronic surveillance programmes -- will give a staunch defence of privacy in the short pre-recorded broadcast.
"Together we can find a better balance, end mass surveillance and remind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel asking is always cheaper than spying," he says in extracts released by Channel 4.

Listen: A segment of Snowden's Christmas message

 Citing the classic dystopian novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four", he adds: "Great Britain's George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information.
"The types of collection in the book -- microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us -- are nothing compared to what we have available today.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Do we really want an end to mass surveillance? If the NSA is protecting Americans as a whole by protecting the American Power Elite, through surveillance, there is benefit, even if Americans love their privacy.

Where is Snowden? He's in Russia. What better way for Russia to get away with covert acts in America than by getting rid of surveillance?

Here's an alternative. Rather than getting rid of surveillance, require it ALL (even Government information acquired) to be made public. This way we will all know if Russia or anyone else is planning covert operations against us from within. And we will know who the perpetrators are among us, and where they are.

It is similar to the DHS anti-gun thing. If Government were serious about protecting us from attack, they would arm us all to the hilt, and give us the training we needed to uses the arms they gave us. Let the surveillance and the guns be made public and spread among us all!

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