Top 29 Surveillance Quotes

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“Ever since we’ve had electronic communications, and particularly during a time of war, presidents have authorized the electronic surveillance of the enemy.”

― Alberto Gonzales

“Preventing surveillance of millions of people at a time is totally within our ability.”

― Alex Stamos

“The third person narrator, instead of being omniscient, is like a constantly running surveillance tape.”

― Andrew Vachss

“NSA surveillance is a complex subject – legally, technically and operationally.”

― Barton Gellman

“As digital communications have multiplied, and NSA capabilities with them, the agency has shifted resources from surveillance of individual targets to the acquisition of communications on a planetary scale.”

― Barton Gellman

“What a jolly thing military surveillance is!”

― Belle Boyd

“I’m positively enthusiastic about American surveillance policies.”

― Benjamin Wittes

“I don’t think there’s much distinction between surveillance and media in general. Better media means better surveillance. Cams are everywhere.”

― Bruce Sterling

“No system of mass surveillance has existed in any society that we know of to this point that has not been abused.”

― Edward Snowden

“The NSA routinely lies in response to congressional inquiries about the scope of surveillance in America.”

― Edward Snowden

“Surveillance breeds conformity.”

― Glenn Greenwald

“The concept of surveillance is ingrained in our beings. God was the original surveillance camera.”

― Hasan M. Elahi

“Openness and participation are antidotes to surveillance and control.”

― Howard Rheingold

“There is no better illustration of that crisis than the fact that the president is openly violating our nation’s laws by authorizing the NSA to engage in warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens.”

― John Conyers

“The Internet is the most liberating tool for humanity ever invented, and also the best for surveillance. It’s not one or the other. It’s both.”

― John Perry Barlow

“Surveillance induced morality: relics of cultural retardation.”

― Marc Maron

“Representation is a sort of surveillance.”

― Martine Syms

“Legal and bureaucratic impediments to surveillance should be removed.”

― Mike Pompeo

“Laws and regulations are supposed to restrict the kind of surveillance governments do. In fact, the U.S. government is quite restricted in what kind of surveillance they can do on U.S. citizens. The problem is that 96 percent of the planet is not U.S. citizens.”

― Mikko Hypponen

“I did surveillance a lot, which sounds exciting, but it never was.”

― Miranda Lambert

“Incidentally, our railroad facilities are under video surveillance by the federal police. However, the federal and state governments will have to determine whether video surveillance shouldn’t be significantly expanded to a certain degree.”

― Otto Schily

“While President Obama may not have ordered any surveillance of Trump or his advisors, the real question is whether he or Attorney General Loretta Lynch were aware of or approved of any surveillance of Trump and his staff during the campaign.”

― Pat Buchanan

“Local law enforcement agencies, national police authorities, and other state-operated surveillance has created a hostile environment for communities at the margins.”

― Patrisse Cullors

“I spent a lot of time with the LAPD. I spent six weeks training, weapons training, ride-alongs, surveillance, interviewing them, in all different departments and divisions.”

― Ramon Rodriguez

“Research In Motion, the owner of BlackBerry, has been asked by a range of governments to comply with surveillance requirements.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“Facebook is not your friend, it is a surveillance engine.”

― Richard Stallman

“Gaza itself is subject to constant aerial surveillance by drones and is rife with informers and collaborators with Israel.”

― Ronen Bergman

“I want to help develop a visual and cultural vocabulary around surveillance.”

― Trevor Paglen

“We didn’t have to use technology to build a surveillance state.”

― Trevor Paglen
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