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People worldwide benefited much by Mr. Snowden’s sacrifice to expose the immoral behavior of the NSA. Thanks to Snowden’s work we know that there is a very high probability that everything we do online is recorded and processed, anonymity being non existent. The security agencies of some of the most powerful countries in the modern world have made significant use of the convenience that technological advancement brings in order to limit our freedom and privacy in a manner that even George Orwell would consider extreme.
Thanks to Snowden we know that even if there is nothing that we have to hide, it is always better to use encrypted channels for communication and demand information regarding how the data that we generate online is used by companies and governments.
Here are ten reasons why you should send some bits to Snowden:
1. Thanks to his discoveries, we now know that the US government used secret court orders that allow NSA to sweep up Americans' phone records (all of them);
2. The PRISM program. At first it was reported that the US government had direct access to the servers of U.S tech giants like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple, among others. It was later revealed that the NSA doesn't have direct access to the servers, but can request user data from the companies, which are compelled by law to comply.
3. Britain's version of the NSA taps fiber optic cables around the world. The British spy agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), taps fiber optic cables all over the world to intercept data flowing through the Internet and collaborates with the NSA through a program, codenamed “Tempora”.
4. The NSA spies on foreign countries and world leaders – the German Chancellor specifically.
5. We found out about XKeyscore, the program that sees everything. XKeyscore is a tool the NSA uses to search "nearly everything a user does on the Internet" through data it intercepts across the world.
6. The NSA efforts to crack encryption and undermine Internet security – all the time. The NSA has a lot of people thinking about this problem full-time. According to the black budget summary, 35,000 people and $11 billion annually are part of the Department of Defense-wide Consolidated Cryptologic Program. Of that, 4 percent -- or $440 million -- goes to "Research and Technology." That's an enormous amount of money - probably more than everyone else on the planet spends on cryptography research put together.
On 25 April, 2016 the Director of the U.S. National Intelligence blamed Snowden for advancing the development of user-friendly, widely available strong encryption and sped up spread of encryption by 7 years.
Snowden’s comment? "Of all the things I've been accused of, this is the one of which I am most proud."
7. We know about NSA elite hacking team codenamed "Tailored Access Operations" (TAO) that hacks into computers worldwide, infects them with malware and does the dirty job when other surveillance tactics fail.
8. NSA was able to crack Google and Yahoo data center links, meaning that it could infiltrate links connecting Yahoo and Google data centers, behind the companies' backs.
9. The NSA collects text messages. With its unofficial motto of "collecting it all," the Agency intercepts 200 million text messages every day worldwide through a program called Dishfire.
10. The NSA intercepts and stores all phone calls made in the Bahamas and Afghanistan through a program called MYSTIC.
If you believe that Snowden is worthy of your bits – use the bitcoin address above.
Here is what Noam Chomsky thinks about Snowden:
"There are, I think, by now four Latin American countries that offer Asylum to Snowden, not one European country – in fact they won’t even let him cross their borders. Why? Because the master in Washington tells them “we don’t want him to”. And Snowden, it’s important to recall, performed an enormous service, a patriotic service in fact, to the people of the United States and the world. He revealed to the population, what your government is doing to you. That’s just what he should have done. That’s the responsibility of a decent citizen. The idea that you should be punished for this is really grotesque, and that Europe participates in it is even worse. Same is true for Assange."
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- Franceschi-Bicchierai, Lorenzo. The 10 Biggest Revelations From Edward Snowden's Leaks. Mashable. Jun 05, 2014. URL.
- Schneier, Bruce. The NSA's Cryptographic Capabilities. Schneier on Security. Sep 6, 2013. URL.
- McLaughlin, Jenna. Spy Chief Complains That Edward Snowden Sped Up Spread of Encryption by 7 Years. The Intercept. Apr 25, 2016. URL.
- Raza, Zain. Noam Chomsky on US Military Presence in Europe & the Case of Edward Snowden. Actvism. May 9, 2016. URL.