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John Oliver's interview of Edward Snowden is something that you should not miss at all

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Last Updated: April 06, 2015, 16:39 IST

John Oliver's interview of Edward Snowden is something that you should not miss at all

John Oliver talks about US surveillance and national security and makes it impossible for anyone to not relate to it.

John Oliver, in the latest episode of 'Last Week Tonight' did what can possibly be described as the greatest public awareness campaign.

In this episode, Oliver talks about the NSA (The National Security Agency), a government organization in the United States of America. The NSA came into news in 2013 when a, then virtually unknown, person called Edward Snowden leaked its classified information to the mainstream media. Edward Snowden, who was then a contractor of the NSA leaked documents relating to a the government keeping surveillance on American citizens for information under the pretext of protecting them from terrorist organizations. Snowden has since escaped America and taken refuge in Russia.

The reason why we mention Edward Snowden here is that in this episode of "Last Week Tonight', John Oliver managed to get a face-to-face interview with him in Russia and got him to explain the repercussions of security laws like the section 215 of the Patriot Act on the citizens of America.

The Section 15 of the Patriot Act allows the FBI to order any person or entity to turn over "any tangible things," so long as the FBI "specif[ies]" that the order is "for an authorized investigation, to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities.



It could have been a boring interview with a lot of technical jargon that would go over one's head. But John Oliver did the unthinkable. He dumbed it down to a level that everyone could comprehend. He also made sure that every person could relate to it. He correlated surveillance of American citizens and national security of The United States of America to something as trivial as personal photographs (naked pictures) that people send to one another.
first published:April 06, 2015, 16:39 IST
last updated:April 06, 2015, 16:39 IST