The Greatest Human Rights Challenge Of Our Time
By Edward Snowden
Sept. 30, 2013 hearing of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice & Home Affairs. GAP National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack reading NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s statement to the Committee.
I thank the European Parliament and the LIBE Committee for taking up the challenge of mass surveillance. The surveillance of whole populations, rather than individuals, threatens to be the greatest human rights challenge of our time. The success of economies in developed nations relies increasingly on their creative output, and if that success is to continue, we must remember that creativity is the product of curiosity, which in turn is the product of privacy.
A culture of secrecy has denied our societies the opportunity to determine the appropriate balance between the human…
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