Al Gore And Tim Berners-Lee Condemn NSA Surveillance: Appalling And Unconstitutional
from the and-one-of-them-actually-invented-the-web dept
There’s the famous (incorrect) meme out there that Al Gore once took credit for inventing the internet (he didn’t), but it does appear that he has one thing very much in common with the guy who actually invented the web (which, of course, is not the internet), Tim Berners-Lee: they’re both absolutely disgusted by the NSA’s surveillance activities. Al Gore slammed the NSA in a speech in Montreal, saying that the NSA’s activities were “outrageous” and “completely unacceptable.” He even went so far as to say that Snowden “revealed evidence of what appears to be crimes against the Constitution of the United States.” Furthermore, he took on the oft-repeated claim from the NSA and its defenders that they need to collect all the haystacks by quoting a scholar on the CIA: “when you are looking for a needle in a haystack, it’s not always wise to pile more hay on the haystack.”
Meanwhile, Berners-Lee gave an interview with The Guardian, in which he similarly ripped into the NSA and the GCHQ for their efforts to weaken security standards so they could crack stuff more easily themselves:
He said the agencies’ decision to break the encryption software was “appalling” and “foolish”, as it directly contradicted the efforts of both the US and UK governments to fight cybercrime and cyberwarfare, which they have identified as a top national security priority. Berners-Lee also decried the move as a betrayal of the technology industry.
He went on to argue that the oversight of the intelligence community appeared to be “dysfunctional and unaccountable,” and praised whistleblowers like Snowden, saying that civilization has “depended on whistleblowers, and therefore you have to protect them.”