While the NSA keeps saying it is spying on everyone because it wants to protect them from various threats, Edward Snowden’s opinion is quite different and he claims that what the agency is doing isn’t protecting US citizens, nor does it make them feel safer.
The NSA whistblower was awarded the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence, and during the ceremony Snowden voiced his opinion that the government’s continued surveillance of the Internet and other data actually hurts the US.
“They hurt our economy. They hurt our country. They limit our ability to speak and think and live and be creative, to have relationships and to associate freely,” Snowden said.
The mass surveillance practiced by the NSA puts entire populations “under sort of an eye that sees everything even when it’s not needed,” he said.
Furthermore, the whistleblower suggested that while execs at the DoJ and other officials have admitted to lying to the country, he was being persecuted for telling the truth.