Chomsky on terror, Snowden, and why “security” is usually an excuse for government repression.
“He was doing what every citizen ought to do,” Chomsky says in the video below. “He was telling Americans what the government is doing.”
Chomsky goes on to explain that governments always claim security as their justification for civil liberties abuses, but that overwhelmingly the security in question is that of the state … from its own population. To smatterings of applause, Chomsky goes on to explain how America’s drone campaign abroad is a far bigger threat to our security than leaked information about surveillance.
Watch Chomsky discuss the relationship between the state, the people, and “security” below. Courtesy Alter Net