Liz Gannes

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AG Eric Holder Vaguely Promises “Holistic” Declassification of Surveillance Docs

The Obama administration wants to declassify information about surveillance programs such as the secret FISA requests made famous by Edward Snowden’s PRISM leaks “sooner rather than later,” according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. In an interview with Bloomberg, Holder said the issue was finding a way to give information to the public that’s “not piecemeal, but really is holistic.” Google and Facebook are both actively seeking this information from the feds, and bickering about how best to approach it.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik