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Journalist who helped Snowden reveal US surveillance, speaks at U of U's Secrecy Week

(KUTV) Journalist and lawyer, Glenn Greenwald, who worked with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the man who revealed reams of details about the United States global surveillance programs, was the keynote speaker for the University of Utah’s Secrecy Week presentation.

Greenwald helped Snowden get the word out about the U.S. spying programs and revealed that information about American’s digital communication is being harvested by the federal government. Greenwald says the NSA Data Collection Center in Bluffdale, Utah should give people here pause.

“The reason why this facility was built is because it’s essentially just a data storage facility. It's a place where they want to be able to store as much information as possible,” said Greenwald, who says, as technology gets better, it facilitates even more information storage by the government.

“The better their capacity becomes for storage, and the more space they have to do it, the longer they can keep the date, the more data they can keep, the more invasive of a surveillance state is created.”

The award winning journalist says the Bluffdale center is a symbol of the surveillance state currently being perpetuated on the American people.

“This is a really menacing structure that has been built with almost with no transparency and accountability and is playing a really ominous role. I think in the surveillance state that is being not just maintained, but being expanded all the time,” said Greenwald.

Greenwald also cautions academic institutions from teaming up with the government and military. Greenwald says the University of Utah is forming relationships with the NSA facility in Bluffdale. The university confirms that the Language and Linguistics department works with the Data Collection Center to offer paid internships at the facility.

“So that basically, educational institutions become nothing more than a training ground for government and military institutions, and that's dangerous for all kinds of reasons. It sort of diverts the central value of academic institutions.”


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