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Last Week Tonight host John Oliver devoted Sunday's episode to the issue of government surveillance. Specifically, Oliver called for reforms to "Section 215," which enables the government to ask for "any tangible things" so long as it pertains to international terrorism.
Oliver called it a "blank check," on his show, saying:
Its like letting a teenager borrow that car on the strict condition that they only use it for 'car' related activities. "Okay Mom and Dad, I'm going to use this for a hand job in the Wendy's parking lot, but that is 'car' related so I think I'm covered."
Oliver also traveled to Russia and sat down with Edward Snowden to discuss the the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, dick pics, whether he misses Hot Pockets and Florida, and more.
Snowden says that leaking sensitive national security documents to journalists in 2013 was a risk – but it was worth it to help inform the American public. "Is it a conversation that we have the capacity to have?" Oliver responds. "Because it's so complicated we don't fundamentally understand it." In order to make the issue more relatable for Americans, the host connects all facets of the subject to one topic: "This is the most visible line in the sand for most people: Can they see my dick?"
"The good news is there's no program named the Dick-Pic Program," Snowden says, before playing a game of NSA "Dick or No Dick." Snowden adds that, for the record, he doesn't think people should cease their crotch-selfie habits: "You shouldn't change your behavior because a government agency somewhere is doing the wrong thing. If we sacrifice our values because we're afraid, we don't care about those values very much." ("That is a pretty inspiring answer to the question, 'Hey, why did you just send me a picture of your dick?'" Oliver cracks. "Because I love America, that's why.")
"So there you have it, America — all of us should now be equipped to have this vital debate," Oliver says in summary. "Because by June 1st, it is imperative we have a rational, adult conversation about whether our safety is worth living in a country of barely-regulated, government-sanctioned Dick Sheriffs."
originally posted by: RickinVa
If good ole Eddie ever goes to trial, I pray that the part from this interview, where he side steps the question about whether he read every document before he released it is presented as evidence. He admitted that he did not read them and relied upon the people he gave them to, to use good judgement in releasing them. (around the 5:45 - 7 minute mark in the video)
Never heard a better case for the death penalty for espionage in my entire life. Hopefully he will get it sooner than later.
originally posted by: RickinVa
a reply to: dreamingawake
Are you actually so naive as to believe that the only documents that Snowwy boy released only had to do with spying on Americans? Do you realize that a lot of the stuff he gave away had nothing to do with spying but rather the steps the US would have taken to defend itself if attacked?
Do you realize that because of Snowwy boy that all the taxes that you pay for the rest of your life will go toward paying to fix what nut job did?
Edward Snowden is nothing more than a skeezy little traitor to his country who deserves nothing less than the cheapest round they can buy right between his beady little eyes.
The dude literally makes me want too throw up every time I see him on TV. He can't die soon enough IMO.