The conference this year has a world-famous astronaut and an exhibit floor that was bigger than a CFL football field, The Cantech Investment Conference burst on the scene in January 2014 and quickly became the country's most talked about, best attended, and most exciting technology conference. Attracting innovation sector investors with billions in capital, Cantech fast became the place for Canadian disruptors to be seen, make a splash, and to get funded. For the attention-starved technology sector, Cantech was a gift. The 2017 Cantech Investment Conference was bigger, bolder, and better than ever before. Below is the text from the keynote Edward Snowden. There are a few gaps here and there in the audio conversion to text, but we thought this was a valuable piece of the recent keynote for The Cantech Investment Conference 2017.
Snowden: I saw all sides of the intelligence operation which is, in fact, relatively rare. I didn't just see electronic intelligence. I didn't just see human intelligence. (I couldn't make out seconds 12-14). I worked on both sides of the profession. And so, (I couldn't make out seconds 12-14) I sort of understood and believed in the mission and what was going on. Because it was about people it was quite simple, it was easy to grasp and understand.
I saw the things that things had changed, and even people who were working at the NSA didn't really understand the scope, or scale, of what was happening on the technical side. Where, as you said, what had changed? In secret, without anybody's knowledge, without anyone's consent, without any votes, was the intelligence apparatus of the US in the shadows. It had changed from its traditional method of intelligence operations. And this is what is understood to be the status quo of operations around the world. Which is targeted surveillance. This means you suspect somebody doing something wrong; they're an arms dealer, they're a terrorist, they're a spy, etc. You go to a court, you show probable cause, and you start monitoring this person. You can get wire taps from the court, and they say go after this person. You put the clamps on the side of their house, you blackbag job, you put cameras in their office, whatever. You know everything about this person, but your not spying on everybody else, particularly in the US, and particularly against Americans. Our Constitution, our founding law, prohibits that. Even if Congress passes a law in the US, that's not permissible. But that is what exactly what was happening. This was a relic of post 9-11 response, and this was something I didn't know, or my peers. People before me in the NSA actually stood up and tried to say something about this, to raise questions to lawyers. There was a famous case of Thomas Drake who preceded me. I'm sort of standing on his shoulders. He told the NSA you guys are breaking the law. You guy are violating the Constitution. He went very high, the number 2 lawyer in the NSA.
But there were people like me who were paying attention, who were learning these lessons. This is why I went to journalists, ultimately, after the system of checks and balances we have, have failed. I had seen other mechanisms like Wikileaks. I wasn't a big critic of Wikileaks, but I saw them as distinct in my mind. I wanted to replicate the system of checks and balances that have failed. I didn't want to say the public needed to know this, this, and this because I'm right. What if I made a mistake? What if I didn't really see the big picture or really understand? To read more on the article: https://www.equities.com/news/nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden-speaks-at-cantech-investment-conference-2017 Linkback: http://www.wikileaks-forum.com/edward-snowden/469/edward-snowden-speaks-via-satellite-at-cantech-investment-conference/35190/