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48 hours ago Edwards Snowden was all but unknown now millions are wondering how this 29 year old -- from.
High school drop out -- a former CIA.
Technical assistant then.
Currently import well you and -- it's an hour a former employee.
-- SA defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.
-- they've now managed to make the government look like utter fools.
Snowden and Booz Allen.
We still don't know the full story behind -- but we do know he's a symptom of big government dysfunction.
Federal documents show are you ready for this nearly five million people right now.
Have some sort of government security Clarence that's more than they populations of Chicago Boston Miami and Washington DC combined.
And about one point four million of them have top secret clearances.
And more than a third of those one point four million -- contractors.
Are laws restrict.
Wire tapping on the actual content of telephone conversations.
But the government's data gathering operations are so precise they can still figure out.
Your exact location moment to moment your habits your friendship -- preferences.
As a consumer.
And how to they do it.
Well through the recent explosion of big data.
Because of Smartphones tablets and social media sites Americans alone.
Generate enough data to fill.
Libraries of congress.
Each and every year.
In computers speak that's about well it's about 161.
-- -- bites each year.
If you don't know what an -- -- is there are -- -- megabytes megabytes terabytes.
-- -- -- and then extra bytes.
And -- to a record that a four year the NSA's data center and -- dale you're -- is to put this in some sort of comprehensible prospective.
Five times larger than the capitol building in DC.
In all ad agency does -- -- through at least at that location through big data we're told her stress that's where we're told.
Yes there are checks and balances in the system.
For example the foreign intelligence surveillance court is designed to review the government's applications for surveillance.
However of the more than thirty just to keep it all in perspective.
That the court has looked -- from 1979.
Are you ready a drum roll please.
The court has rejected exactly.
Eleven of those applications.
So the question now is what should we do about all of us should still wouldn't be praised or prosecuted are we too dependent on government to care.
How can we come to balance on an issue that is -- obviously resolved.
And at the very least Americans should be thinking.
Thinking thinking about it.
Rather than pressing right now.
For answers that I don't believe many people have.
And of those who do I don't think their share.
But we're going to be asking a lot of questions and trying to figure out.
Who's working for whom and in whose interest was Edward -- working when he made the decision of his life.
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