Safe and Sorry – Terrorism & Mass Surveillance

Safe and Sorry – Terrorism & Mass Surveillance


Terrorism is very scary, especially
when it happens close to home and not in some faraway place. Nobody likes to be afraid, and we were
eager to make the fear go away. So we demanded more security. In the last decade, it’s become
increasingly normal for civil liberties to be eroded and for
government agencies to spy on citizens, to collect and store
their personal information. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of
right- or left-wing policies, this affects every one of us. So we have to take a look at the data
and ask ourselves honestly, “Has all of this actually made us safer?” In the aftermath of 9/11,
the US government concluded that the law had not
kept pace with technology. It created the
Terrorist Surveillance Program initially to intercept communications
linked to al-Qaeda. Officials were confident that if the
program had been in place before 9/11, the hijackers could have been stopped. But soon the new powers were also used
to prove guilt by association. The FBI used immigration
records to identify Arab and Muslim foreign
nationals in the US. On this basis, 80,000 individuals
were required to register, another 8,000 were called in
for FBI interviews, and more that 5,000 locked up
in preventive detention. Not one terrorist was found in
what’s been called the most aggressive national
campaign of ethnic profiling since World War II. How commonplace it’s since become
for government agencies to collect and store
the personal data of citizens was made plain by the leak of
the Snowden documents in 2013. They showed how the NSA
can demand information about users from firms
like Microsoft or Google in addition to their daily collection of
data from civilian internet traffic such as email content and contact lists. So, instead of focusing on criminals, governments are increasingly
turning their attention to everyone. But if you are looking
for a needle in a haystack, adding more hay to the stack isn’t going
to make it any easier to find the needle. On the contrary, every recent success
announced by the NSA has come from classic target surveillance. Despite high hopes,
the NSA surveillance program has not stopped any
major terror attack. For instance, one of the Boston Marathon
bombers was already a target of the FBI. So what we need is not even
more random data, but better ways to understand and
use the information we have. Spy agenices are also pushing
to cripple encryption. In early 2016, the FBI asked Apple
to produce a backdoor program to disable the encryption
of a terrorist’s iPhone. Apple publicly declined, not only because
this tool could be used to permanently weaken the privacy of
law-abiding citizens worldwide, but fearing to open the floodgates for
governments requesting access to a technology used
by billions of people, a fear shared by security
experts and cryptographers. A few weeks later, the FBI revealed that
they had hacked the phone themselves, basically admitting that they lied to
the public about the need for a backdoor, which questions how trustworthy
spy agencies are in the debate about privacy and security, especially considering that the NSA,
for example, already has the capability to turn on your iPhone microphone
or activate your laptop camera without you noticing. Concerns about this are often met
with the argument, “If you have nothing to hide,
you have nothing to fear.” But this reasoning only creates
a climate of oppression. Wanting to keep certain parts
of your life private doesn’t mean you’re
doing anything wrong. Right now, we live in a democracy. But imagine the damage the wrong person
could do with all our data and such easy access to our devices. Anti-terrorism laws allow the authorities
to investigate and punish non-terrorism-related crimes
more aggressively. If you give law enforcement powerful
tools, they will use them. That’s why democratic oversight
is so important: even if those tools and laws aren’t
used against you today, they might be tomorrow. For example, following
the November 2015 Paris attacks, France expanded its already
extensive anti-terrorism laws by giving law enforcement greater
powers to conduct house raids and place people under house arrest. Within weeks, evidence emerged that
these powers were being used for unintended purposes, such as
quashing climate change protests. The governments of Spain,
Hungary, and Poland have introduced more restrictive laws
on the freedom of assembly and speech. Freedom of expression
and the press in Turkey has been seriously undermined
in the last few years, with people sentenced to prison
for criticizing the government. None of this is effectively
helping us fight terrorism. The motivation behind this
might be good, even noble, but if we let our elected governments
limit our personal freedom, the terrorists are winning. What’s worse, if we’re not careful, we might slowly move
towards a surveillance state. The data is pretty clear: the erosion of
rights, along with mass surveillance, hasn’t led to significant
successes so far, but it has changed
the nature of our society. Terrorism is a complicated problem… …without simple solutions. No security apparatus
can prevent a few guys from building a bomb in their basement. We should keep the principle
of proportionality in mind. Creating master keys to
enter millions of phones is not the same as
searching a single house. In most countries, the law already
permits a wide range of actions, including targeted surveillance. To take full advantage of
this existing potential, we need better international cooperation and more effective security
and foreign policies, better application of our present laws
instead of new and stricter ones that undermine our freedom. Let us not, out of fear, destroy
what we are most proud of: democracy and our fundamental
rights and liberties. This video was made possible
by your support on Patreon.com and the European Liberties Platform,
. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

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    I wanna die

    Have fun Americans. I live in a country so poor that the government is literally unable to implement such things.

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    Gerard Virgona

    I live in Australia where we already have no freedom of speech, you can be fined or arrested for causing offence. How can any vigorous debate happen if it can be shut down by one party being "offended".

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    Scott Benedict

    If this video was published in APR of 2016. Why didn’t they use OBAMA as the president for the “imagine the data getting into the wrong hands of the powerful” part of the video?

    You clearly elected to lambaste Trump, when in fact the most duplicitous and criminal president the United States has had in recent times, is Barack Obama.

    You could have selectee Clinton too since it was before the election.

    Why to be liberal.

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    Prince Steven II.

    I live in Turkey, thanks for pointing that out. Wikipedia has been banned from our country for that reason. BECAUSE OF A SINGLE ARTICLE!!!!!

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    Jacob

    Ok so I ask myself what's so special for people to hide? So what if the FBI knows I got a girlfriend and a cat? What's there possible to hide?

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    doubleAiden

    why did you use trump? the democrats are the ones pushing this stuff, the companies selling peoples data are democratic.

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    John Zhang

    I have an idea

    We all work to fight the government in non violent yet sneaky and offensive ways, and all we need is a large amount of people doing so. If the intent of the government is to undermine our freedom, then we take advantage of that. If every citizen in the world would start doing things that really offend the government like graffiti on parliament buildings, publicly protesting with backed up arguments and swearing, or just writing something offensive on the internet. If, like the video stated, that such acts could get one arrested, then if we all do it, they’ll have no choice but to either be forced into submission ( which is most likely ) or build a world much like North Korea, but unlike North Koreans, we have received education and talked about freedom, so in the end, freedom will always win.

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    W.D Gaster

    Id buy alot of hydrogen, engineer a small hydrogen bomb put it is some random ally THEN RUN AND PULL THE TRIGGER AND the best part is that its near the white house GODDBYE TRUMP

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    Tariq Rahim

    I thought I had watched all of your videos but three years later I saw this in my recommended. Thank you YouTube

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    Desolations102

    I dont see the issue with the government seeing what I'm doing if they are going to do nothing with what they see. People get mad they loose their privacy but then are surprised a terrorist attack happens. It's like this videos of those stupid people who hassle cops at checkpoints.

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    postblitz

    Or you know.. how about you don't uhhh bomb the fuck out of foreign countries? Portraying USA or France like they're innocent in anything that's happening to them is just lying.

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    Roach DoggJR

    The terrorist have terrorized us and made us destroy our own civil rights, values and freedoms… they have won.

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    Roach DoggJR

    Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning are true American heroes, and we declared them our enemies out of fear.

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    Roach DoggJR

    No politician ever makes this issue part of their platform. It should be core and center like public education or healthcare.

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    Da Infinity Stonks

    If our freedoms are revoked 2 groups win. The government and the terrorists. This is why I’m ancap people, you should be too.

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    Elyas Wasiqi

    “Those who would give up Essential Liberty, to purchase a little Temporary safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety"

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    Nevon

    "He who gives his freedom for safety gets none of them. " is a famous quote and imho very true.
    We should rather work on the source of the problem instead of suppressing people. Cameras are influencing our daily live but will not stop people from comitting crimes after all.

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    AJD

    Everyone associated with this channel is a legend. They're a huge impact. But most importantly, they have balls of steel.

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    Slayer Death

    my sister got "random" checked fucking 3 times one when we left to go to the other airport then when we went to the other country then when we came back to canada AMERICA FUCKING SUCKS MAD DICK

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    Wolf Films

    Once I was playing fsx multiplayer and someone who was a troll made his flight number one of the 9/11 planes flight numbers and I told a mod, insta ban.

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    Alexander DiRaddo

    "And with this YouTube video and its comments section full of hormonal teenage Anarchists, censorship and government surveillance was completely destroyed." /s

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    EggCr0issant

    Terrorism is a horrible thing. I think last year in Manchester, there was an attack at a concert. It was so shocking and sad. All terrorism is bad and terrible.

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    Aliexei

    Its not that complicated… If USA would stop its world wide warrs, terrorism might stop… then again, maybe its too late.

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    Rage Raptor

    Terrorists know they cant win in an actual fight. So they do acts of terrorism so their apponents will kill eachother trying to find the best solution to stop them. In a worsened state people are more likely to see the terrorists as heros fighting an oppressive regime. And thus Fear is their biggest weapon terrorists can use. Hence why their called terrorists.

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    SN-CATALYST

    Make a video on Kashmir issue and Pakistan & India War if you guys can. It is a major threat for world war 3.

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    SN-CATALYST

    Make a video on Kashmir issue and Pakistan & India War if you guys can. It is a major threat for world war 3.

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    Robbie V

    Thank you for doing this and what you can with your platform. In the long run, this video will serve it’s purpose. I promise

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    Kysier

    Welp, both France n UK are basically nanny states at this point. x.x USA is following close behind. Lil too late to be stopped.

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    Peter Stefanovic

    How about a video on how this could be done safely and well , also listening to this , you would think the dark web is a ( all good thing ) thanks intelligence agencies , ya really messed up
    As an aside – you could a have a 9/11 every single day and it pales into insignificance compared to a nuclear war ( that the most important linkage to consider )

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    Jacob Sorensen

    I'm not proud of my democracy, as I don't live in a democracy, I live in a constitutional republic, two very different, yet commonly confused, things.

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    Jayden Costa

    Here in the US, we have the Fourth Amendment. It's pretty much the Right to Privacy. Because of the FBI, CIA, and NSA, that right might as well not even exist. But that's also why we have the First Amendment, to call attention to our rights being taken and to call for action against these authoritarian policies. If all else fails, we have the Second Amendment. It's the right to overthrow a tyrannical government. So if all of these other countries wonder why America is so loving of our guns no matter how many times they're used to kill people, the UK, China, France, Germany, Turkey, Iran, Russia, Spain, Poland, and many, MANY other governments who control their people is why. If Trump or any future president takes full control and starts smashing our rights and liberties, we have guns to protect us.

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    Purpzie

    This video didn't age well, considering the camps people are being placed in because apparently "terrorists are everywhere in mexico"

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    Treepalds

    Terrorists are Islam, but Islam is good, don't blame the religion of Islam, blame the terrorists
    They just wanna Destroy church, cuz terrorist islam

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    connor lehne

    Poland:doesnt let migrants in
    Rest of europe:terrorist attacks after letting in migrants
    Rest of europe:poland let migrants in
    Poland:Laughs in Nationalist

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    necromancer

    But if you're looking for a needle in haystack, adding more hay to the stack isn't going to help.

    # so that we can look for all needle hiding into different haystacks, we don't want to Miss needle just because fear of becoming task difficult.

    We want all needles so we have to look into all haystacks

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    necromancer

    We can either compromise a little bit with our freedom so that bad guys don't succeed in their intentions or we can refuse to compromise with our freedom and let the bad guys succeed in their intentions.

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    Nicola Cappellini

    In the case of the US govt trying to get into the iPhone, it wasn't so simple… The FBI wasn't lying, they legitimately couldn't get at it until a separate PRIVATE COMPANY approached them offering a private tool gain access to the phone.

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