Safe and Sorry – Terrorism & Mass Surveillance


Terrorism is very scary, especially
when it happens close to home and not in some faraway place. Nobody likes to be afraid, and we were
eager to make the fear go away. So we demanded more security. In the last decade, it’s become
increasingly normal for civil liberties to be eroded and for
government agencies to spy on citizens, to collect and store
their personal information. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of
right- or left-wing policies, this affects every one of us. So we have to take a look at the data
and ask ourselves honestly, “Has all of this actually made us safer?” In the aftermath of 9/11,
the US government concluded that the law had not
kept pace with technology. It created the
Terrorist Surveillance Program initially to intercept communications
linked to al-Qaeda. Officials were confident that if the
program had been in place before 9/11, the hijackers could have been stopped. But soon the new powers were also used
to prove guilt by association. The FBI used immigration
records to identify Arab and Muslim foreign
nationals in the US. On this basis, 80,000 individuals
were required to register, another 8,000 were called in
for FBI interviews, and more that 5,000 locked up
in preventive detention. Not one terrorist was found in
what’s been called the most aggressive national
campaign of ethnic profiling since World War II. How commonplace it’s since become
for government agencies to collect and store
the personal data of citizens was made plain by the leak of
the Snowden documents in 2013. They showed how the NSA
can demand information about users from firms
like Microsoft or Google in addition to their daily collection of
data from civilian internet traffic such as email content and contact lists. So, instead of focusing on criminals, governments are increasingly
turning their attention to everyone. But if you are looking
for a needle in a haystack, adding more hay to the stack isn’t going
to make it any easier to find the needle. On the contrary, every recent success
announced by the NSA has come from classic target surveillance. Despite high hopes,
the NSA surveillance program has not stopped any
major terror attack. For instance, one of the Boston Marathon
bombers was already a target of the FBI. So what we need is not even
more random data, but better ways to understand and
use the information we have. Spy agenices are also pushing
to cripple encryption. In early 2016, the FBI asked Apple
to produce a backdoor program to disable the encryption
of a terrorist’s iPhone. Apple publicly declined, not only because
this tool could be used to permanently weaken the privacy of
law-abiding citizens worldwide, but fearing to open the floodgates for
governments requesting access to a technology used
by billions of people, a fear shared by security
experts and cryptographers. A few weeks later, the FBI revealed that
they had hacked the phone themselves, basically admitting that they lied to
the public about the need for a backdoor, which questions how trustworthy
spy agencies are in the debate about privacy and security, especially considering that the NSA,
for example, already has the capability to turn on your iPhone microphone
or activate your laptop camera without you noticing. Concerns about this are often met
with the argument, “If you have nothing to hide,
you have nothing to fear.” But this reasoning only creates
a climate of oppression. Wanting to keep certain parts
of your life private doesn’t mean you’re
doing anything wrong. Right now, we live in a democracy. But imagine the damage the wrong person
could do with all our data and such easy access to our devices. Anti-terrorism laws allow the authorities
to investigate and punish non-terrorism-related crimes
more aggressively. If you give law enforcement powerful
tools, they will use them. That’s why democratic oversight
is so important: even if those tools and laws aren’t
used against you today, they might be tomorrow. For example, following
the November 2015 Paris attacks, France expanded its already
extensive anti-terrorism laws by giving law enforcement greater
powers to conduct house raids and place people under house arrest. Within weeks, evidence emerged that
these powers were being used for unintended purposes, such as
quashing climate change protests. The governments of Spain,
Hungary, and Poland have introduced more restrictive laws
on the freedom of assembly and speech. Freedom of expression
and the press in Turkey has been seriously undermined
in the last few years, with people sentenced to prison
for criticizing the government. None of this is effectively
helping us fight terrorism. The motivation behind this
might be good, even noble, but if we let our elected governments
limit our personal freedom, the terrorists are winning. What’s worse, if we’re not careful, we might slowly move
towards a surveillance state. The data is pretty clear: the erosion of
rights, along with mass surveillance, hasn’t led to significant
successes so far, but it has changed
the nature of our society. Terrorism is a complicated problem… …without simple solutions. No security apparatus
can prevent a few guys from building a bomb in their basement. We should keep the principle
of proportionality in mind. Creating master keys to
enter millions of phones is not the same as
searching a single house. In most countries, the law already
permits a wide range of actions, including targeted surveillance. To take full advantage of
this existing potential, we need better international cooperation and more effective security
and foreign policies, better application of our present laws
instead of new and stricter ones that undermine our freedom. Let us not, out of fear, destroy
what we are most proud of: democracy and our fundamental
rights and liberties. This video was made possible
by your support on Patreon.com and the European Liberties Platform,
. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

100 thoughts on “Safe and Sorry – Terrorism & Mass Surveillance

  1. 3:21 I am watching this with a laptop and when you said this I showed my nostrils into the camera. Also I live in Serbia.

  2. Criticizing Marx but later used drastic measures that did not stop any terror attacks in the past years. Such an irony.

  3. My favorite thing is that love to joke about their FBI agent. It's hilarious, but wrong

  4. Tell this to the world. When people have voices in their head 24/7 its cause is electricity/magnetic fields, except when electricity outage over 500 meter area. 2 times it was this kinda outage, voices goneeeeee. Its done via mgnetic fields when power is on, prolly via appliances.

  5. Well, the United States isn't a Democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic which has unfortunately been ignoring the Constitution… But there is always a balance in life. If you want better Security, you are going to have to give up Freedoms. If you want more Freedoms, then you are going to have to give up on Security. You can't have max Security and max Freedom at the same time. The problem is that we gave our government too much power through democracy. Similarly what happened in Ancient Rome.

  6. linux, duckduckgo and other open source software can keep you safe, use ad blockers and other privacy extensions that are open source to keep websites from tracking you. CPUs also have built in exploits like menltdown spectre and have not heard any amd stuff but they have there own problem like intel ME a mini you can't control that goes beyond mostly security measures including OS's and software you may have in place you can protect your own privacy by looking to alternative open source software security by isolation and stuff like new pipe that uses a youtube api to give you the app but with out google tracking. more info can be discovered on your own via searching I recommend looking up the hated one who makes videos on privacy.

  7. “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.”

    There’s one big flaw with that argument: it fails to define the phrase “nothing to hide.” That’s a really open-ended, subjective, ambiguous phrase, one which puts all responsibility for security on individual people rather than the agencies who look into people (you know, the people who are actually in charge of security).

    It’s a painfully simplistic way of addressing a very complicated issue.

    What are the things a person may want to hide? Why would they want to hide them?

    It assumes that there’s only a set list of things that are objectionable and, thus, what someone would ever want to hide. If you don’t have anything from that list in your record, you’re good.

    But what if the people doing the inquiry decide something ELSE is objectionable? The rules can change depending on who is enforcing them, especially in this age of hyper-partisanship and extremist political beliefs. That makes “just don’t do anything wrong and you’ll be fine” a lot harder because what constitutes “anything wrong” is way more open-ended than its proponents want us to believe.

    That’s why big governments with lots of positions and agencies and systems of oversight/checks and balances are better than small governments with fewer people (or dictatorships where only a select group is calling all the shots): these issues are complicated and require a lot of effort to unravel. Yeah, it creates a lot of red tape and can make the government slow to act/react, but it helps ensure that everything is given its due course.

    Note I said “helps ensure,” not “guarantees.” No system of government is perfect. Big governments make plenty of mistakes. But to use those mistakes as an excuse to dismiss the system outright is obtuse at best, ignorant at worst.

  8. I love Kurzgesagt but they have let cultural bias creep in this video.
    If you are that concerned about privacy you are either doing something wrong or you are a hypocrite presenting fake image about yourself to others. It is as simple as that. Both possibilities are at the least distasteful to me.
    Another point is that survailance shouldn't realy bother regular people. There simply isn't enough manpower on earth to observe every regular Joe out there 24/7. If you are a public figure, though, things are different.

  9. Wait. At least we stop huge terrorist network propagation by these preventive measures, or anyone at all could get a kick out of indoctrinating people into becoming terrorists.

  10. "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

  11. What needs to happen is to put all of the power in the people because humans are naturally flawed and power will corrupt the morals and values of anyone that has too much so if you want things to happen do it yourself or with the support of your fellow people because you can't always rely on someone else to do what needs to happen the government does not and will not be able to have the power they do not hold the power they are the voices and the faces that we chose to show our power to our enemies they are the hand that we chose to curl up into a fist or we offer it in greeting they are the puppet that is held by the people control over others is non existent it is a choice of the ordered not the orderer

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  13. Have fun Americans. I live in a country so poor that the government is literally unable to implement such things.

  14. I live in Australia where we already have no freedom of speech, you can be fined or arrested for causing offence. How can any vigorous debate happen if it can be shut down by one party being "offended".

  15. If this video was published in APR of 2016. Why didn’t they use OBAMA as the president for the “imagine the data getting into the wrong hands of the powerful” part of the video?

    You clearly elected to lambaste Trump, when in fact the most duplicitous and criminal president the United States has had in recent times, is Barack Obama.

    You could have selectee Clinton too since it was before the election.

    Why to be liberal.

  16. I live in Turkey, thanks for pointing that out. Wikipedia has been banned from our country for that reason. BECAUSE OF A SINGLE ARTICLE!!!!!

  17. Ok so I ask myself what's so special for people to hide? So what if the FBI knows I got a girlfriend and a cat? What's there possible to hide?

  18. why did you use trump? the democrats are the ones pushing this stuff, the companies selling peoples data are democratic.

  19. I have an idea

    We all work to fight the government in non violent yet sneaky and offensive ways, and all we need is a large amount of people doing so. If the intent of the government is to undermine our freedom, then we take advantage of that. If every citizen in the world would start doing things that really offend the government like graffiti on parliament buildings, publicly protesting with backed up arguments and swearing, or just writing something offensive on the internet. If, like the video stated, that such acts could get one arrested, then if we all do it, they’ll have no choice but to either be forced into submission ( which is most likely ) or build a world much like North Korea, but unlike North Koreans, we have received education and talked about freedom, so in the end, freedom will always win.

  20. Id buy alot of hydrogen, engineer a small hydrogen bomb put it is some random ally THEN RUN AND PULL THE TRIGGER AND the best part is that its near the white house GODDBYE TRUMP

  21. I thought I had watched all of your videos but three years later I saw this in my recommended. Thank you YouTube

  22. I dont see the issue with the government seeing what I'm doing if they are going to do nothing with what they see. People get mad they loose their privacy but then are surprised a terrorist attack happens. It's like this videos of those stupid people who hassle cops at checkpoints.

  23. Or you know.. how about you don't uhhh bomb the fuck out of foreign countries? Portraying USA or France like they're innocent in anything that's happening to them is just lying.

  24. The terrorist have terrorized us and made us destroy our own civil rights, values and freedoms… they have won.

  25. No politician ever makes this issue part of their platform. It should be core and center like public education or healthcare.

  26. If our freedoms are revoked 2 groups win. The government and the terrorists. This is why I’m ancap people, you should be too.

  27. “Those who would give up Essential Liberty, to purchase a little Temporary safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety"

  28. "He who gives his freedom for safety gets none of them. " is a famous quote and imho very true.
    We should rather work on the source of the problem instead of suppressing people. Cameras are influencing our daily live but will not stop people from comitting crimes after all.

  29. Everyone associated with this channel is a legend. They're a huge impact. But most importantly, they have balls of steel.

  30. my sister got "random" checked fucking 3 times one when we left to go to the other airport then when we went to the other country then when we came back to canada AMERICA FUCKING SUCKS MAD DICK

  31. Once I was playing fsx multiplayer and someone who was a troll made his flight number one of the 9/11 planes flight numbers and I told a mod, insta ban.

  32. "And with this YouTube video and its comments section full of hormonal teenage Anarchists, censorship and government surveillance was completely destroyed." /s

  33. Terrorism is a horrible thing. I think last year in Manchester, there was an attack at a concert. It was so shocking and sad. All terrorism is bad and terrible.

  34. Its not that complicated… If USA would stop its world wide warrs, terrorism might stop… then again, maybe its too late.

  35. Terrorists know they cant win in an actual fight. So they do acts of terrorism so their apponents will kill eachother trying to find the best solution to stop them. In a worsened state people are more likely to see the terrorists as heros fighting an oppressive regime. And thus Fear is their biggest weapon terrorists can use. Hence why their called terrorists.

  36. Thank you for doing this and what you can with your platform. In the long run, this video will serve it’s purpose. I promise

  37. Welp, both France n UK are basically nanny states at this point. x.x USA is following close behind. Lil too late to be stopped.

  38. How about a video on how this could be done safely and well , also listening to this , you would think the dark web is a ( all good thing ) thanks intelligence agencies , ya really messed up
    As an aside – you could a have a 9/11 every single day and it pales into insignificance compared to a nuclear war ( that the most important linkage to consider )

  39. I'm not proud of my democracy, as I don't live in a democracy, I live in a constitutional republic, two very different, yet commonly confused, things.

  40. Here in the US, we have the Fourth Amendment. It's pretty much the Right to Privacy. Because of the FBI, CIA, and NSA, that right might as well not even exist. But that's also why we have the First Amendment, to call attention to our rights being taken and to call for action against these authoritarian policies. If all else fails, we have the Second Amendment. It's the right to overthrow a tyrannical government. So if all of these other countries wonder why America is so loving of our guns no matter how many times they're used to kill people, the UK, China, France, Germany, Turkey, Iran, Russia, Spain, Poland, and many, MANY other governments who control their people is why. If Trump or any future president takes full control and starts smashing our rights and liberties, we have guns to protect us.

  41. This video didn't age well, considering the camps people are being placed in because apparently "terrorists are everywhere in mexico"

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