Should Americans be worried about NSA surveillance? [VIDEO]

Graham Cluley
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The New York Times has released a thought-provoking short video explaining why regular American citizens should be concerned about the revelations of NSA surveillance on the internet.

The 5½ minute video was made by Brian Knappenberger. Knappenberger is no stranger to tackling controversial internet subjects related to security and privacy, having previously made the documentary “We are Legion”, about Anonymous.

He is currently making another documentary about internet activist Aaron Swartz, who killed himself in January 2013 after he was charged with using MIT’s network to grab millions of articles from the non-for-profit academic journal archive JSTOR, with the aim of republishing them without restriction.

What do you think of the video? Share your thoughts and comments below.

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3 comments on “Should Americans be worried about NSA surveillance? [VIDEO]”

  1. amy

    Here is the best explanation I've seen as to why its dangerous.

  2. MS

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  3. Gary

    I can't side with anyone on this issue. Hasn't anyone read James Bamford's hefty volumes on NSA history? Did we all just have mass memory failure after the EFF pursued them & the telcos on this matter a few years ago? Why is everyone suddenly surprised by their behavior?

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