NSA Surveillance Whistleblower: The Government Is Destroying Our Privacy

NSA Surveillance Whistleblower The Government Is Destroying Our PrivacyA 29-year-old computer technician for a U.S. defense contractor leaked details of a top-secret American program that collects vast streams of phone and Internet data, American and British newspapers revealed Sunday.

‘Massive surveillance machine’

“My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them,” the source, Edward Snowden, told Britain’s the Guardian, one of the papers that broke stories on the program last week.

Snowden is a former technical assistant for the CIA and has been working at the National Security Agency, the U.S. electronic intelligence service, for the past four years, the newspaper reported. He said he walked away from a six-figure job in Hawaii for the computer consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and has holed up in a hotel in Hong Kong in preparation for the expected fallout from his disclosures.

“I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, Internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building,” he said.


‘Existential threat to democracy’

The Guardian reported Wednesday that Verizon Business Network Services had been ordered to hand over telephone records detailing the time, location and telephone numbers involved in domestic calls from April 25 to July 19. An order from a U.S. court that oversees U.S. surveillance efforts backed up the demand, the newspaper reported.

Thursday, the Guardian and the Post disclosed the existence of PRISM, a program they said allows NSA analysts to extract the details of customer activities — including “audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents” and other materials — from computers at Microsoft, Google, Apple and other Internet firms. Snowden said the NSA’s reach poses “an existential threat to democracy.”

Do you think the government is indeed stepping on the privacy of the people? Or is the PRISM just a necessary move to secure the nation’s safety?

Source: Matt Smith, CNN

Image: Politico

Bride Adapts Nose-Tube Diet as Wedding Preparation

There was a time when brides prepped with a spa day and professional makeup and hair styling; now, according to a by the New York Times, they are turning to extended juice fasts and radical weight loss plans such as the K-E Diet which involves being administered a mere 800 calories a day through a tube that runs from the nose through the esophagus and into the stomach.

Like marked-up wedding dresses and exorbitant caterers, it all comes with a hefty price tag. But Jessica Schnaider, 41, of Surfside Florida, stuck with the K-E diet, for a cost of $1,500 for 10 days, in order to slim down for her June wedding. Her weight loss guru, Dr. Oliver R. Di Pietro explains that the tube administers a solution of protein and fat, but no carbohydrates. This puts the body into a state of ketosis, which can lead to quick weight loss because it starts burning fat instead of sugars (carbohydrates) for energy. Nose tube diets promise to help you lose as many as 20 pounds in less than two weeks.


While Schneider and other brides-to-be who engage in extreme weight loss plans often do shed pounds prior to their wedding day, critics warn that crash diets can cause side effects such as kidney stones, headaches, dizziness, vitamin deficiencies, and dehydration. They can also lead to weight cycling—when you gain back more pounds than you lost.

Like marriage, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a marathon, not a sprint. Its no surprise brides want to look gorgeous on their wedding day, but being skinny for photographs certainly won’t prevent a divorce.

What do you think of the K-E Diet? Would you be willing to go through it to prepare for your own wedding?

Source: Yahoo News

Image: 12 News