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Snowden: Mass Surveillance Contributed To Failures To Stop Bombers


"They're not," Snowden said, when asked if the government programs he exposed are effective in "keeping us safe." "The reality is when they did it, they found out it didn't work."

Snowden argued that "we've actually had tremendous intelligence failures" because of the governments focus on surveilling "everyone" instead of surveilling "suspects." He alluded to reported early warnings about the Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers, and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called underwear bomber.