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On the heels of recent developments which have revealed 29-year-old Edward Snowden to be the man responsible for leaking details of the National Security Agency's data-mining program, on Monday evening a collection of whistleblowers offered their insight:
"Let me be crystal clear, the government cannot handle the truth. I was at the very nation beginning of the secret surveillance state. The government is lying," insisted NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake. "They actually violated the constitution willfully and deliberately in the greatest of secrecy ostensibly for the sake of national security. In democracy we cannot have any room for secret laws that are controlled and manipulated and interpreted by the executive. The public has the right to know what the government limits are in terms of its own surveillance."
Bill Binney meanwhile, suggested that keeping the nation safe, while also protecting its citizen's privacy, are concepts that aren't necessarily mutually exclusive:
"The government could have been detecting terrorists from the very beginning without violating anybody's privacy rights. I left that technology with NSA when I got out of there, because they were violating the rights of everyone in the country," the NSA whistleblower told Piers Morgan. "They threw them away, they did that principally because it was clear to me the intent from the beginning was to assemble information about the U.S. citizens so they could have leverage against them."
Joining Drake and Binney in the segment, Jesselyn Radack pledged her support of Snowden, and distrust for the government of America:
"He showed that the United States was violating multiple laws in both the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act," explained the Government Accountability Project National Security & Human Rights Director. "Why is the government spying on its own people without any probable cause, without any reasonable cause, without any suspicion whatsoever, on completely innocent people? That violates the 4 Amendment of the Constitution and two major laws on the books, and even the laws on the books, there's a secret interpretation of those."
Just days after a California gunman led police on a fatal rampage, and roughly 24 hours since a fifth victim was pronounced dead as a result of the Santa Monica shootings, on Monday evening Piers Morgan spoke live with Debra Fine, a woman shot four times as part of the incident:
"I didn't realize I had this until I got back from the hospital. When they picked me up and put me in the ambulance, this is all that was left of my t-shirt, this is where the two bullets went in to my left side and it tore across my chest and all the shrapnel went across my chest," she explained in an exclusive "Piers Morgan Live" interview. "On the other side is where the other three bullets went in. This was all that was left of my shirt in a matter of three seconds, four seconds. And I just ... I can't believe this was literally torn off my body. The force tore it off my body within three seconds."