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Libération - France | 05/06/2015

Edward Snowden observes the return to reason

The US Congress on Tuesday voted to reform the Patriot Act of 2001 and restrict the access of intelligence services to telephone metadata. Two years after his disclosures society is demanding its freedom back from the state, whistleblower Edward Snowden writes in delight in the centre-left daily Libération: "Spymasters in Australia, Canada and France have exploited recent tragedies to seek intrusive new powers despite evidence such programs would not have prevented attacks. ... Yet the balance of power is beginning to shift. We are witnessing the emergence of a post-terror generation, one that rejects a worldview defined by a singular tragedy. For the first time since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, we see the outline of a politics that turns away from reaction and fear in favor of resilience and reason. With each court victory, with every change in the law, we demonstrate facts are more convincing than fear. As a society, we rediscover that the value of a right is not in what it hides, but in what it protects."

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