Watching You

Friday, April 20, 2012

Laura Poitras, documentary filmmaker, National Security Administration whistle-blower William Binney, and Jacob Appelbaum, computer security researcher, privacy advocate, hacker, and human rights activist, talk about the "surveillance teach-in" they will be conducting tonight as part of the Whitney Biennial.

EVENT: Friday, April 20, 2012  7:30 PM at the Whitney Museum | More Information


Jacob Appelbaum, William Binney and Laura Poitras

Comments [11]

Nick from NJ

John and Paul, I would love to see you two in an NSA interigation. You would both urinate in your pants after 10 minutes. Remember, they are searching your laptop, sometimes taking the information, and harassing you for hours. You are both Authoritarians, and you should move to Syria and hang out with Bashar the Butcher or maybe the Saudi Arabia with the Kings, who enjoy, with great pleasure, repression, harrassment, and even killing people whose view is against theirs.
It is funny, that I bring up Bashar and Saudi Arabia, because they are a perfect example of where we are headed. Until the US public realize that suppresion of fundamental civil rights and the consolidation of wealth and power to a very few are completely related, we will continue on a course directly to a Bashar styled Regime or a Saudi monarchy. Sickens me, and should sicken you too. ON that note, BIG KUDOS to WNYC for bringing them on, I think this is huge. Any real American hearing their story should be sickened to the point of vomiting or worse.

Apr. 20 2012 11:23 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Paul - I don't think Ron Paul, Libertarians, or the Far Right are Hyper-liberals. This is an issue that concerns Americans both right and left, who care about their freedom being stripped away.

I watched "The Hunger Games" over the weekend, 10 years ago - that scenario would have been a mere fantasy, now - it seems like a definite possibility

Apr. 20 2012 11:02 AM
William from Manhattan

Laura Poitras is the real deal. I am so sorry that her situation has worsened - the Obama administration should be challenged to address her issue directly and explicitly. And Nick is right - The Oath is very good work. Highly recommended.

Apr. 20 2012 11:01 AM
john from office

So, all I need to do is call myself a "journalist" and be free to travel anywhere and meet anyone and protect my contacts. Interesting!

Apr. 20 2012 10:58 AM
Paul from NYC

Are your guests who want to strip the size of government in terms of intelligence gathering also for shrinking government in terms of taxes and social programs? I find many of the people who are against intense intel are also usually hyper-liberal and beg for the expansion of government in every other aspect of life. How can you reconcile this contradiction, if it exists. If your guests are also libertarian in every other way, then I'm cool with it, but not everyone who complains about this is libertarian.

Also, many Americans are completely fine with strong national security techniques. If you don't have anything to hide, deal with the inconvenience of an airport search, enjoy your heightened safety and go on your way. I'm more worried about wrongful arrest or conviction than intrusive spying.

Apr. 20 2012 10:54 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Keep drinking the Kool Aid John. I hope you feel that way when they come for you next.

Apr. 20 2012 10:53 AM
john from office

Self appointed experts, we are to allow them to judge what is good for our national security.

Apr. 20 2012 10:48 AM

Please ask about the new "Utah Data Center."

Apr. 20 2012 10:48 AM

Thanks to Nick from NJ for the link to Glenn Greenwald.

These three guests are genuine heroes. They risk real abuse, harassment from the US government. Obama has expressly asserted his 'right' as President to just declare that guests like Poitras, Appelbaum, and Binney are 'terrorists' and even to assassinate them — certainly to deny them constitutional rights of due process.

It cannot be overemphasized how grossly sweeping are the powers claimed by Obama to spy, abuse, and worse.

Apr. 20 2012 10:48 AM
john from office

I would arrest these three and hold them forever. Help me I am a threat to national security!! Years from now we will learn that they were threats.

Apr. 20 2012 10:47 AM
Nick from NJ

Good Link: Glenn Greenwald on the Harrassment of Laura Poitras:

Just scroll down a little, you will see it. God Bless America, right?! The movie, The Oath, by the way, is incredible.

Apr. 20 2012 09:25 AM

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