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Digital Dissidents (2015)

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Whistleblowers – patriots or traitors? We only know about the massive surveillance being conducted by government intelligence agencies because a few committed souls risked prison to smuggle the secret documents that exposed the extent of this intrusion into our privacy.

What motivates these whistleblowers to face such risks and approbation to do what they think is right and important? Digital Dissidents looks at such whistleblowers as Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake, William Binney, Julian Asange, and Edward Snowden to understand what drove them to do what they did.

The documentary also surveys the vast nature of the programs to vacuum up as much data from the public as they can get away with. The greatest danger to our privacy seems to come from government agencies the world over, but large corporations such as Google and Facebook also contribute to our diminishing opportunities for privacy or anonymity. And when we discover just how extensive this spying has become, what should our reaction be?

Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake, William Binney, Julian Asange, Edward Snowden, Jane Marchon
Cyril Tuschi
English, German with English subtitles

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bbwbwizard1, posted on September 1, 2016

why is not there more products and business making free energy devices?

moonscape5, posted on August 16, 2016

It is an excellent documentary. We mustn't forget our own personal rights and freedoms, no matter who or what governs us. Democracy is only in theory today, fascism is what is really happening in society, slowly and secretly. People need to wake up and realise this on a global scale.

alex1w1schiller, posted on August 13, 2016

I found one of the most interesting parts of this documentary was when it was revealed that there is information that Snowden leaked that details how the NSA uses microwaves to beam onto people's computer monitors, for example, to be able to read what they are typing. In 'Citizenfour' when Snowden was in that hotel in Hong Kong and was being interviewed and filmed by Glenn Greenwald, there was a moment when he logged onto his computer and had a blanket over top and asked everybody to look away. I am curious to find this information about microwaves and how microwave laser beams can be used to tap audio and visual information during surveillance operations. This could imply that phone microphones and webcams are not even necessary for eavesdropping, but that our own BRAIN and what we look at and hear with our own eyes and ears have been hacked or hijacked by these covert agencies. This is a huge bombshell that nobody has really picked up on and talked more about....

Mistyearnold, posted on August 10, 2016

please post a link on Facebook so I can share. people need to see this.

lauraburnell2681, posted on August 17, 2016

You can share a brief description on this to facebook with the link on this video, but I believe people have to be subscribed to Gaia TV to watch it.

janegrbovik, posted on August 6, 2016

Why is it more important to spend huge amounts of money on surveillance and not on the people of the country's, who need just basic help and support? In my mind, it just confirms that we are enslaved by a very sick paranoid enterty. We are enslaved by corporations, our governments are controlled by them, they poison our air, our food and our water. They kill and invade and kill again, indiscriminately, children, innocent people, they imprison and torture, they are the bullies of our world and they hound the people who speak out about this sickness that is rife in our society. These people are brave, they are not traitors they are trying to warn us of just how bad it is, they are releasing the truth of how our countries are being run and by the way, we are paying for it, financially and with our freedom, which we never had.

mjglobal6, posted on August 5, 2016

The Truth shall set you FREE...

a_lanee, posted on August 5, 2016

Many render lip service to those whom face the establishment, but very few are indeed willing to step into the light. It as well, is an issue when the problems are elucidated, but the methodology to resolve those issues is obscure. Therefore, how does one become a part of the solution and yet avoid "elimination" by the establishment. The conspiracy for total control of the populace is real and the elimination of those souls willing to fight is equally real.

rickejones, posted on August 4, 2016

Our democratic republic is merely a facade. We live in a fascist state.

cedguru, posted on August 4, 2016

All I can say right now is thank you to all the whistleblowers. I have huge respect for these people. Some lives disrupted if not destroyed for the good, and what should be inherent rights, of all people everywhere. I wish we had a more direct way to thank these men and women, but that is unfortunately impossible.

Do we as a people have any real options where our day to day privacy is concerned? Back to the 50s so to speak, technology wise? This minute my mind is rebelling thinking about all my play lists on YouTube, the people I'm used to talking to online, instant shopping, etc. Then I think, well I never do anything illegal online, so why should I care who is looking on, but I've just seen a presentation of true facts why I should care. It's a real concern, but what to do?

Thank you Gaia for presenting us with this information. I knew of it in bits and pieces, but this brought it all together. We may not be able to do much individually to combat this. However, I believe in shared consciousness and I don't mean online. It is powerful.

mackintoshmargaret, posted on August 6, 2016

My sentiments...exactly! Cogent and clearly written. I find myself retreating more and more from the insanity and corruption of our technologically driven society/world! I am sorry for our children and grandchildren.

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