Chris Hedges and William Binney on Obama NSA Guidelines

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Chris Hedges and William Binney on Obama NSA Guidelines

Chris Hedges and NSA whistle-blower William Binney tell Paul Jay that there should be accountability, including the President himself, for the criminal practices used by the NSA against the American people

Chris Hedges:

"I think what's so frightening is that it is clear, after Obama's administration, that no one in the centers of power are going to step in, whether it's Nancy Pelosi or anyone else, to protect us, that either we as a citizenry--and I think it's interesting that the Germans have grasped the danger of this kind of wholesale surveillance, because they have, in recent memory, both the experience of the SS and the Stasi and understand how precarious such wholesale systems of surveillance are to basic democratic freedoms. But we are sitting passively. And the notion that Obama and this sort of kangaroo administrative review board is going to do anything substantial--you know, what they'll do is cosmetic. It's up to us. And if we don't act now, then in a moment of unrest, in a moment of instability, we will be bound and shackled instantly."

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