I realized that they were building a system whose goal was the elimination of all privacy, globally. To make it so that no one could communicate electronically without the NSA being able to collect, store, and analyze the communication.
-Edward Snowden explaining to Glenn Greenwald what moved him to action:
Wednesday night Ellen and I attended a book lecture by Glenn Greenwald.
Friday, I took the whole day and read Greenwald’s book on Edward Snowden, on the NSA, and on his assessment of what he believes is the meaning of these revelations.
When I finished the book yesterday, I was tempted to do something I’ve never done on this site, write a post that said this book was a Must Read. But thinking about it overnight, I reminded myself of my belief that there is no such thing as a ‘must read’ article or book.
Instead, I’m simply going to try to capture some of the impact Greenwald’s appearance and book has had on me.