Brians Williams Interviews Ed Snowden

May 29th, 2014   Submitted by Seth King

Ed Snowden does an even greater job at damning computing devices in this interview than he ever has in preivous interviews. He specifically mentions how easy it is for state spy agencies to read everything we type, take pictures and video at will, and also audio record even when we’re not using our devices.

Now he doesn’t specifically delve into the free vs. non-free software issue, frankly because there are so few people that run 100% free software. He simply says they can do these things against all of us. The lesson to be learned from all of this is that if you are running any non-free software on your computing device, it is not really your computing device.

Because of these revelations, and others, I have long since given up my smartphone and run only 100% free software on my computer. Recently, also, the company I work for sent all of its remote employees new Chromebooks to do all of our work from. The day I received mine in the mail I completely disassembled it and removed the built in webcam and microphone. I do nothing other than work from the Chromebook. I know that everything I type and every movement of the mouse is non-private. But at least I have no fear of being audio/video recorded while in the comfort of my own home, be it from the government or Google or my own employer.

Enjoy this interview and please rethink what sort of Orwellian intrusions you’ve allowed into your life, likely for no reason other than the sake of convenience.

12 Responses to “Brians Williams Interviews Ed Snowden”

  1. zorrotmmNo Gravatar says:

    This is a bit off topic, but what do you do for this company that you work for?

  2. KenNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not about “free” software, it’s about “open source.”

    There’s a significant difference.

    Also, so much is done in hardware now, that “open source” hardware is increasingly important for maintaining control over our privacy.

    • VanmindNo Gravatar says:

      Yeah, the first step is to create a “consumer swap” club whereby two members who, say, want a new Airbook and intend to pay with a credit/debit card would meet up at the store, make their purchase, and then swap boxes after they leave the premises (or they might even meet up after making online purchases). The club would help such hopeful consumers find a temporary swap partner in their town.

      The next step is to help fund a startup that assembles near-privacy PCs & laptops. There is, of course, no possible way to make a networked computer fully private, but certain measures are effective (e.g. no built-in camera/microphone/speaker).

      It’s the CPUs themselves that are getting to be a big surveillance problem. Starting with Sandy Bridge, all Intel chips run their own internal OS which is separate from whatever you install on your main storage device. That on-chip OS gathers information to pass along to spooks, including any private encryption keys you might bother to create. AMD and ARM are likely there as well.

      So what, then? Multiple Raspberry Pi devices running in parallel? Maybe, that would at least be a good curve ball to throw at the NWO and a possible way to get more people interested in hobby-circuitry. Ultimately, though, there will need to be a Photonic Workspace somewhere to fabricate from scratch an open source next-gen chip architecture.

      Contrary to Stallmarx, nothing is free from economic pricing. This avatar is guessing that you meant to say as much when you wisely differentiated between “free” and “open source.”

      • KeithNo Gravatar says:

        unfortunately the chip on a Raspberry Pi is closed source, however there are very interesting things beginning to happen which have been inspired by the Raspberry Pi and the astonishing success of its bare bones, low price and come tinker with me (rather than high price and seals all around that if you break youve broken the contract….) model.

        One example is the “parallela” which is a truly open source multi core chip available on a low price, raspberry pi like board (and with very serious processing ability), unfortunately the current implementation uses a closed source chip to control the parallella array, and is using an ubuntu derived, rather than a fully free Linux operating system.

        Despite those reservations, we do have an actual open source processor available, at low cost and working.

        Some people have made a start.

        This is all the more encouraging, because the company which produces the Parallela, was previously chasing the low volume and excedingly high price military market, and has decided that the economic model of the Raspberry Pi and open source would serve them better. This is the path that almost all developments have followed:

        The early development is at first a toy for the ultra rich (in this particular case militaries, profligately squandering OPM) and produced in very small numbers, then, some bright entrepreneur realizes that with some capital, they can produce in great numbers at a price that millions or even billions of ordinary productive individuals are willing to pay, and on those much higher volumes and smaller margins – make more money for themselves.

        In this case the money came through a kick starter appeal (again, a way of getting around statist cooption of stock markets and the investment process).

        That process was the basis of industrialization which governments the world over tried to stamp on, with restrictions on entry, restrictions on methods to be used, and restrictions on minimum “quality”. The British government couldn’t keep pace with developments and gave up – the French, under Louis 14 and Colbert succeeded. Britain industrialized, and the poor got to wear cheap and nasty new clothes and to eat beef every day of the week, France was left behind and still suffering famines, but the french aristocrats could still enjoy their highest quality of traditionally produced silks as they ascended the steps of the guillotine.

        Getting back to your suggestion of a parallel array of Raspberry Pies, it has been done, with off the shelf parts and a casing developed and built by the researcher’s 6 year old son – out of Lego. here’s a link to a pre publication draft of their writeup. /raspberry_pi_iridis_lego_supercomputer_paper_cox_Jun2013.pdf  

        There’s a page with instructions for how to do it yourself here:

        please don’t ask me any difficult questions though – because I probably won’t be able to answer them.

        • VanmindNo Gravatar says:

          That is all fascinating information. Thank you very much for sharing.

          This avatar is like yours, less up to speed on the technical particulars. Hell, this avatar doesn’t even know much about the particle techniculars. Did read already about the guy hooking together a bunch of Pi boards with legos for encasement, hence the faux braniac suggestion that such a thing might be doable.

          Toys for the ultra rich, at least at first. Good approach for marketing. To paraphrase what Mises stated, luxury is the roadmaker of all progress (speaks also toward the differences between English & French reactions to industrialization). Cell phones, too, were once upon a time mere toys for the ultra rich.

          Still looking forward to the first open source Photonics Workspace…

  3. VanmindNo Gravatar says:

    It’s the Snowden hoax.. Apparently even AJ is getting hip (or at least trying to backpedal and cover his a$$).

    • Vanmind, Im willing to entertain almost any “conspiracy theory” as being real but when I clicked on the link you suggested there wasn’t a single source listed or hypertext link given. If Snowden is really some or of a shill I’ve never seen any evidence presented of it other than conjecture. If you could post one you know of that would be most helpful

      • VanmindNo Gravatar says:

        That avatar above seems to have things backward. Evidence of businesses like Spookle and Facespook being NWO fronts has been around a lot longer than the make-believe “Snowden” character, and there is z-e-r-o evidence of “Snowden” being legitimate — although plenty of real people got tricked into hopping onto the someone-else-is-taking-care-of-things bandwagon that the FMSM presented.

        The FMSM commanded people to believe that “Snowden” was a whistleblower, then immediately produced a false dichotomy so everyone would choose to ignore the actual question (“Is he real or just another hoax?”) and instead debate the deliberately scripted non-issue (“Is he a hero or a traitor?”). Now people are not only defending the “Snowden” fraud, they’ve gone back — without even realizing it — to defending the FMSM.

        So, the NWO saw that its spooked up business assets were getting exposed, and made a determination to “own the discussion.” Can everyone spot the half-wit parade of people who fell for the NWO’s controlled opposition project? It is those half-wits who are reaching false conclusions based on the NWO/FMSM conjecture that people remain as gullible as ever.

        Do your own avatars-legswork on the ample “Do you have Facebook” kind of evidence that has been around for years, because doing such isn’t the obligation of any other avatar. Or just take a look at the desperation lately from the “Snowden” con artists:

        “The meanies destroyed a lot of hard drives containing our evidence”
        “The release of information will continue to be slow”
        “There are aliens among us, no fooling”
        “I wasn’t just some low-level functionary but an honest-to-goodness spy”

        Seriously, who’d be naive enough to take at face value the slick presentation of Eric and his handlers, or is that name Edward? Who’d be switched-off enough to believe in his employment at the NSA, or was it the CIA, or was it Dell, or was it Booz Allen Hamilton? Then there’s the fact that getting so much information out of a super-secretive organization would be an utter impossibility (even accessing that much information would be impossible for some typical dork with low clearance levels — hence the desperate cry that “I was an honest-to-goodness spy”). Then there’s the career NWO stooge Greenwald…

        …but hey, everyone, go ahead and believe in other stupid things, too, like bitcoin. Ha. The gullibility.

      • VanmindNo Gravatar says:

        On into 2015 … does Williams’ admission to being a fabricating POS provide yet more evidence regarding the veracity of stories about so-called Hero Snowden? For those who remain FMSM-programmed, probably not.

        Note: FMSM = Former Mainstream Media

  4. Ive never heard him been called Eric before but obviously it’s impossible to see everything.

  5. myownbeholder77No Gravatar says:

    and this is a problem not amercians find at all with electronics such as the Xbox one. i could understand getting something like that just for the thrill of new graphics/gameplay/better interface etc. but people willingly buy this without realizing the built in webcam in it. not to mention that the webcam runs EVEN IF the system is turned off. I personally believe that snowden has alot more that he is hiding than what most of us even consider. relevant or not. i do have a question though. in cali, they have webcam traffic surveilence( probably misspelled) that can track you down based on getting granted your license plate number, facial recognition off the camera, and other things. how is that going to help when people with regards of their own personal safety who ride motor bikes have a helmet on? for 2, these cameras almost promised will not be able to read something thats behind them assuming they are going the normal/ faster then the normal speed limit. and for 3, how can they even stop half of these people assuming they live in the area the camera is located in. this question may seem a litle naive, but entertain the possibility that the government are fucking themselves, which i dig. idk someone just give me some insight pleas, thank you.