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Edward Snowden: ?not All Spying Is Bad?

Snowden explained in the Q&A why he considers mass spying so harmful. Among other reasons, he said routine spying is turning from the traditions of liberty that America was founded on, and he said people should at least be able to debate that fundamental change. The former contractor also noted that theres evidence of abuse within these programs -- he noted that the NSAs own inspector general found at least 12 instances in which NSA employees abused surveillance programs , most often to spy on significant others. Snowdens Q&A came on the same day the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board called on the Obama administration to abandon the NSAs mass collection of phone metadata . The board said it could not find a single instance in which the program made a concrete difference in a counterterrorism investigation. Snowden said in response to the boards report, There is no simply justification for continuing an unconstitutional policy with a 0% success rate. On Friday, President Obama announced a series of reforms to U.S. surveillance programs , though he defended the value of the bulk metadata collection program. Mr.

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