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  • That lonesome whistle

    Boston Review - 06/14/2016

    It has now been three years since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program. It was the largest breach of classified material in U.S. history, heroic by some lights, traitorous by others. What cannot be denied is that Snowden’s actions triggered a national debate about civil liberties, surveillance, and privacy culminating in the bipartisan USA Freedom Act, which ended the government’s bulk data collection. Today, many people recognize the value of this debate. Among them is former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder who, on May 30, agreed that Snowden “performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made.”

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