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Citizenfour - Stunning Documentary About Edward Snowden

I am often struck by the fact that I don't get a clear picture of what's going on via the media. Even reading the New York Times every morning didn't give me an idea of just what went on with Edward Snowden and what he did. The documentary Citizenfour clarifies this wonderful man and his courageous act. I won't go on about it here, but urge you to see this Academy-award winning film and judge for yourself.

 Here is a quote from Wikipedia: 
"…Ronnie Scheib of Variety wrote 'No amount of familiarity with whistleblower Edward Snowden and his shocking revelations of the U.S. government’s wholesale spying on its own citizens can prepare one for the impact of Laura Poitras’s extraordinary documentary Citizenfour... far from reconstructing or analyzing a fait accompli, the film tersely records the deed in real time, as Poitras and fellow journalist Glenn Greenwald meet Snowden over an eight-day period in a Hong Kong hotel room to plot how and when they will unleash the bombshell that shook the world. Adapting the cold language of data encryption to recount a dramatic saga of abuse of power and justified paranoia, Poitras brilliantly demonstrates that information is a weapon that cuts both ways.…'"


Anonymous said...

wonderful man and his courageous act

YUP, I worry for him.

Anonymous said...


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Martin said...

I've seen the film and - not to detract from Snowden since he should be recognized as today's Patrick Henry - I believe that Poitras and Greenwald should be hailed as being equally brave.

bayrider said...

Snowden is an extraordinary hero . Here's a guy who never completed high school,no college degree, taught himself computer skills and was employed at the highest government levels, making over 200k per year with a future that was 24k bright. He gave that all up and even risked his very life to expose this massive operation that is sanctioned at the highest levels of government.

He exposed all those cabinet level officials and national security leaders blatantly lying to congress and the public, the President and White House as well. I have stated it here before, all governments are inherently corrupt and ever interested in expanding their coercive powers, there is little difference between an Obama and a Nixon. You pretty much see that in this film. And yes, the mainstream me

bayrider said...

..media is a joke, why have they dropped this story almost completely?

Anonymous said...

you know, I keep wondering....

with all that he has risked/all that has come out...

is this just the "tip of the iceberg"?

is there ninety per cent which "should" be known about, but isn't ?

bayrider said...

Anonymous, what more could they collect beyond virtually everything? One other thing is we're almost always captured on video now as well. We went to San Francisco the other day, video cameras are everywhere downtown, covering all angles.

Anonymous said...

I do think there is more we don't know/most folks don't consider/think of
-over past five years, through out Canada and U.S., there have been at least a dozen reports of computers being stolen, from "doctors" who had downloaded the entire hospital patient data base, supposedly for research. I have seen these reports in news. why would they need the entire data base, and who is making use of this info?
-big push to put all medical data "on line" / in the cloud - we all know from news reports how "secure" all this stuff is...
-everytime a vehicle goes through many automatic (where you prepay and have a card in window) toll places, all recorded who went where
-‘You are being tracked': How cities use licence-plate scanners to create vast databases of vehicle sightings
-Screen-Plate Club: How License-Plate Scanning Compromises Your Privacy
-ACLU released a report describing widespread license plate scanning of cars on America’s roadways
-practice among retailers of asking for and recording information from their driver’s licences.
-GPS on cameras and cell phones kept for length of time on cloud

just a few gems to think of. Suspect all these sort of collections amount to "someone" being able to map out a better record of one's movements than one can one's self.

Anonymous said...


here's an interesting one...wonder who / what wants all this healthcare info? and this is just the hack which was discovered. what about the others?


Cyberattack exposes data of 11 million Premera Blue Cross members

By Adam Rubenfire and Joseph Conn | March 17, 2015

Premera Blue Cross, a health plan in the Pacific Northwest, was hit with the second-biggest cyberattack in healthcare industry history, exposing the personal, financial and medical information of more than 11 million customers.

Anonymous said...

Baltimore riots: Furious mother marches her son home live on TV
The Govenor and the President
Should find out who this Mother is and give her awards
Helping to Maintain Peace and Order
Raising a Child “right”.
Maybe someone can start one of those Whitehouse Petitions?
You have to be an American to do so, hope it gets done.
This is the kind of
“Parental Responsibility”
Which should be encouraged.
As rioting grips Baltimore following the funeral of a young black man in the city, a woman has been hailed "mother of the year" for chasing her mask-clad son down in the street, and marching him home.

Anonymous said...

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