Government Surveillance: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Joylandi 5-Apr, 2015
There are very few government checks on what America’s sweeping surveillance programs are capable of doing. John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and dick-pics.
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  • Lol he had a lot of faith in the US. Sadly it had been devolving since then, which led to Trump

  • So 6 years later, is my dick pic still at risk?

  • You can easily have security without surveillance.

  • Lmfao!

  • Glad to see Snowden laugh

  • John Oliver is a very smart dude.

  • 16:46 As a Floridan CURRENTLY that is UNDERSTANDABLE.... 🤦🏾‍♂️💯

  • Obama was still president when this came out 😮

  • As NSA General Counsel Stewart Baker has said, “metadata absolutely tells you everything about somebody’s life. If you have enough metadata, you don’t really need content.” General Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and the CIA, called Baker’s comment “absolutely correct,” and raised him one, asserting, “We kill people based on metadata.” All cred for the text above goes to: David Cole, the National Legal Director of the ACLU.

  • I wonder if UZfire is giving my comments to the government?

  • Don't make what Snowden he did a joke.

  • I pray that Snowden never feels regret for what he did. He is a whistle blower on injustice. Our country is spying on us. If you have Alexa, you can be sure the government will be listening in on what you're saying or doing in the privacy of your own home. I feel strongly about my privacy. If we give that up, we will lose our rights one at a time until we are eventually like Hitler wanted to accomplish.

  • Imagine the CIA or Russian intelligence raiding Edward Snowden's office and there's just a random picture of John Oliver's dick lying there...

  • I just found this show and I’m amazed how this guy is smart and funny in the same time, he put behind most of comedians

  • 6 years later...

  • entirely believable

  • He had great Hope's for Americans and was failed deeply. Its 2021 and Americans are the same ignorant as always. If he did this in the 60s things would be different. We may have a few thousand that know what he did and why.

  • Your best and finest work!👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  • Is he still alive ? And edward Snowden ?

  • This show was more fun before Trump and Covid. But its still amazing etertaining journal.

  • I still remember being confused one day. Looking at this and at everyone. And I said, “This isn’t news. I always knew the government spies on us and collects that data. Didnt you already know that?”

  • wow, the amnesia is insane. I feel awful.

  • Fuuu!Look at Britain.Cameras monitoring every movement on the street.Probably monitoring every fukin call.US aint got nothin on that

  • INSANENLY good interview

  • pls bring dan gurwhich back, he is literally so funny!!!!

  • Lets just embrace the fact that at the time I am typing this comment, John Oliver got 28M people to care about National Security, using dick pics.

  • The government of U**S creating a false enemy to justify their awful operations on Muslims, Oliver would reply with that by "don't leak this false case , because it is hurting our interests", but still he would lectures the same countries to follow his human rights values...the irony.

  • Sometimes I’ll watch John Oliver but that Snowden video is so heavily edited and it’s very obvious. He’s trying to act like he’s mocking Snowden, but Snowden is and always will be a legend for letting the public know what was truly going on. Shame on John for this one

  • I hope Snowden will someday be exonerated, pardoned, and welcomed back in the US.

  • No one should send any dick pics for reasons of aesthetic taste and decency, women don´t like dick pics.

  • Technically PATRIOT act is acronym

  • The NSA story being preempted for Justin Bieber, the look on John Oliver's face. And the lovelorn turtle that was perfect.

  • They spied on Doctors Without Borders.....fucking really?

  • This is my favorite episode of Last Week Tonight. I’ve watched it quite a few times.

  • The sad truth is that while most of us will, justifiably, be outraged by the mass surveillance of US citizens, a HUGE percentage of those VERY PEOPLE, will continue to broadcast their ENTIRE lives on Social Media! NSA: "We don't need surveillance, we have FACEBOOK"!

  • He’s a traitor. We should treat him like one.

  • I love this episode, but Edward Snowden is a traitor, if he was truly an American Patriot, after the news broke which gave him political cover. He should of turned himself in, remember Daniel Ellsberg released at the time the most sensitive documents of his era, and because he was able to get it our there to the public, yes he was initially charged, but all charges were later dismissed. Instead he went to are biggest adversary and now works for a private company that contracts for the FSB(former KGB).

  • *Edward Snowden Is a National Hero.* The ONLY way America improves/regains its status as the Greatest Country and #1 again in all the objectively _IDEAL_* rankings is for *ALL* Americans to have the courage to plant themselves like a tree & take a stand against corruption when they witness it & blow the whistle whenever anyone in positions power violates the constitution &/or the rights of the American people. We ALL Need to have the Courage & the Convictions of Edward Snowden. *(vs. our only current #1 rankings of °Incarceration, °Military Spending, °Illegal/Endless Wars, & °Corruption - in terms of how easily/cheaply bought our politicians & media truly are & the speed/extent of which our alleged "Representatives" constantly rig all our systems against the American people & transfer the wealth of Americans upwards into increasingly concentrated fewer/more powerful hands)

  • Something not mentioned is the fact they can use an altered version of facial recognition software to keep a database of dick picks so they could potentially match yours up to one that might have been exposed in a terrorist plot. Besides facial recognition, there's also tattoo recognition software that uses the same principle. Eventually, government agencies and police departments will have full body 3D scanners to save everything about your physical person, even your rusty sheriff's badge, in a national database.

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  • Snowden is a hero and causality of war, the war against the common people.

  • Sad that people would rather give up their freedom than their smart phone.


  • You can watch me in the mens room, to make sure its ONLY MEN!!! BHUT don't touch muh guns! FREEDUMB!!!!

  • You were soo young back then

  • Edward Snowden is a traitor to our country. If you think Putin is letting him stay there out of the kindness of his heart you’re naive

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  • The disappointment of him shitting on Assange to run interference for the DNC on this episode is pretty rough. EDIT: Jesus Christ why would he play that directly to Snowden

  • UZfire puts a john oliver video after almost every video I watch. No wonder his videos have so many million views.


  • John Oliver is also my hero. you're the best John

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  • Thats soooooooo funny that people actually send nude pics of themselves to anyone.... and then the gov makes fun of them and spreads them around. Classic end to that story!!!

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  • 19:12 the face Snowden made when John asks "what's UNICEF doing?" holy sh-t. You can just see him thinking "I can't belief I sacrificed everything for this..."

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  • When you suddenly hear a "WA" 18:07

  • John is kind of a dick

  • Dang, all things aside Snowden is really likeable lol

  • Fantastic. You found a way to make this relevant and understandable. Your special talent is to summarize a complex but important subject into sharing Dick Pics.

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  • Snowden is person who stood up for his belief and lost everything. He is a respectful human being. Spying on its own people is just low. That's why all my labop's camera are covered.

  • I like this interview and all but I can sense an overall condescending tone to it

  • I've watched this several times and am always impressed at what a good sport Snowden is throughout this interview.

  • Edward Snowden is so attractive 😍😍. And yes, thanks for sacrificing so much to let us know what we needed to know!

  • What the fuck is wrong with us, Americans. Wow! I’m sorry Ed I think you’re a hero and I look forward to the day you can come home!

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  • Shall we revisit with an episode on corporate/digital surveillance?

  • He is a traitor. A self-righteous, self-important traitor. Espionage is a good thing. It keeps us safe and prevents war. He wants the government to take responsibility but incapable of taking responsibility for his own actions. Even when confronted with the obvious damage his actions caused through a lack of due diligence. He hides behind the press and sad personal definition of freedom,. as if his definition Is the definition. He is a weasel who it just didn't work out the way he thought it would, He didn't come out of it the hero. He didn't become Woodward and Bernstein. He came out just another loser living in a country whose government surveils everyone, kills its political opponents suppresses its citizens' rights, and now is using him for propaganda. Sad, pathetic, and sad

    • I hope you're saying all this after knowing that he was put in Russia by the US, as he wanted to be at an aslyum in European countries. And more over, he didn't do this to be a hero nor to make some mind-blowing difference. He saw that the mass surveillance being done to the US citizen was so deep and intrusive that he felt the conscience of letting the citizens know that they are being watched and achieved. He did it knowing his life will be in jeopardy and his family will be affected by his decision; yet he did to inform the public of their own country was stealing and essentially controlling how we lived our lives. He didn't ask for a pardon, he didn't beg to return to the US, nor did he even remotely denied what he did was illegal. He wanted a fair trial in the case of his return where he can explain to the jury of his peers why he did what he did; not to be cleared of all charges. I understand whistle-blowers are too closely related of being a traitor, but he didn't divulge details that had anything to do with foreign military affairs that could've put US soldiers in danger. He revealed that the government we put our faith into protect us, decided to put a big microscope on it behind our backs. If you truly feel that Snowden is a traitor, it's your opinion, but honestly, what happened after the leak that was so tragic that we as the citizen didn't have the right to know that we ourselves were being watched and lied to without our knowledge. People nowadays buy VPNs to protect our data and personal information; he did us a solid for doing it with his own life on the line. Kinda ironic he's in Russia, he leaked US mass surveillance plot and then the US put him in flight risk in the country that'll make US look really bad for putting Snowden in.

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  • The sound of one single tortoise fucking one single shoe is: {later insert sound I've never heard.) I cannot imagine what that might sound like. If only it were pitched somewhat lower, within the range of human hearing, without any shoes nearby to fuck, we might hear something genuinely transformative. Christ. We might all be werewolves and not even know it. FUCK everyone who eats goddamned sea turtles. Edit: Snowden is a genuine fucking hero.

  • Aight the jokes were funny af. But Snowdin looked midly annoyed 😂

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  • YES WE CAN!!! ❤

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  • I am SOOOO happy for/ jealous of... Lindsey Snowden and/ or baby Snowden. Right?! Edward Effin' Snowden!!... 'MERICA!!! 🥰

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  • Trivialising serious stuff using humour that is as funny as stuffing peas up the nose of a Grizzly Bear

  • You are amazing, and my hero!

  • I know you'll never see this but I needed you to know how much your sacrifice meant to this country. Some people are ignorant but most of us aren't. We realize what you gave up to warn us and we appreciate it every day. I'd be happy to be on the list as associated with you.

  • Thank you, John!

  • Some people on the right refer to truck nutz as dictators. IDK, I guess if that's what their comfortable with...

  • Hilarious and informative. I think Snowden learned somethings also. 😂

  • So to summarise: you went to Russia to interview an American who is in exile because the American secret service want him dead because he told the truth about them....and the take home message is the Russians and their secret service are terrifying? This is some PREMIUM gaslighting.

  • Why is John Oliver the best Snowden interview?

  • @7:02 “whale tears.” Make spring of 2021: WhaleTears or WholeSociety?

  • any 2021 update on sec.215 or phy-za?

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  • Seeing that video being showed to Edward Snowden is just heartbreaking given just how much he has sacrificed to do the right thing.

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  • Instead of having the conversation, they talked about having the conversation. Edit: Nevermind. The first half of the interview was just there to get this segment aired on TV.

  • 24 mins in johns argument just turns into, “America is too stupid”

  • Is it dead now ? Speaking from 2021

  • I wonder why people are so concerend about their dick pix? A government official browsing through them will soon loose enthusiasm and see them professionally like a doctor.

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