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This article unravels the chilling revelations of the documentary ‘CITIZENFOUR,’ spotlighting Edward Snowden’s courageous stand against mass surveillance and the evolving landscape of state power versus individual freedoms.

“CITIZENFOUR” is a documentary about NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. It came out in 2014, but it’s even more pertinent today than it was then.

In January 2013, documentary film director/producer Laura Poitras received an encrypted email from a stranger who called himself “Citizen Four.”  In June 2013, Poitras flew to meet Snowden at the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong, together with columnist Glenn Greenwald and Guardian intelligence reporter Ewen MacAskill. After four days of interviews, Snowden’s identity was made public at his request.

Today, Snowden’s warnings ring truer than ever. Artificial intelligence now scours social media, podcasts and videos for keywords identifying “anti-vaxxers,” for example. It doesn’t even matter if they agree with what you’re writing or saying. The mere inclusion of certain words will get you axed from the platform.

Next, the plan is to eliminate privacy altogether by requiring a digital identity to access the internet.

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The End of Privacy Is Near

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

“CITIZENFOUR” is a documentary about US National Security Agency (“NSA”) whistle-blower Edward Snowden. It came out in 2014, but it’s even more pertinent today than it was then, so if you haven’t seen it, I urge you to do so.

CITIZENFOUR (2014) Full Documentary About NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden (113 mins)

The Snowden story began in January 2013, when documentary film director/producer Laura Poitras received an encrypted email from a stranger who called himself “Citizen Four.” Snowden reportedly chose this codename “as a nod to three NSA whistleblowers who came before him: Bill Binney, J. Kirk Wiebe and Thomas Drake.”

Poitras had already spent several years working on a film about monitoring programs in the US and had been placed on a secret watch list after her 2006 film ‘My Country, My Country’,1 a documentary about Iraqis living under US occupation. In his initial email, Snowden wrote:

Summary of Snowden’s Journey

In June 2013, Poitras flew to meet Snowden at The Mira Hong Kong, together with columnist Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, an intelligence reporter for The Guardian. After four days of interviews, Snowden’s identity was made public at his request.

Within two weeks, the US government demanded Snowden’s extradition. Facing prosecution in the United States, Snowden scheduled a meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and applied for refugee status.

He managed to depart Hong Kong but became stranded at the Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow when his passport was cancelled. There he remained for 40 days until the Russian government finally granted him asylum.

The Greatest Weapon of Oppression Ever Built

The US government implemented Stellar Wind, a program to actively – and illegally – spy on all Americans within days of the 2001 9/11 attack. Ten years later, in 2011, construction began on an NSA data centre in the Utah desert. It’s now the largest surveillance storehouse in the US.

In his correspondence, Snowden warned Poitras that “telecommunication companies in the US are betraying the trust of their customers.” Through Stellar Wind, all phone calls and text messages were being intercepted and stored, and the Stellar Wind program has only expanded from there.

The NSA not only intercepts American citizens’ emails, phone conversations and text messages but also Google searches, orders, bank records and more.

“We are building the greatest weapon for oppression in the history of man,” Snowden wrote, “yet its directors exempt themselves from accountability … On cyber operations, the government’s public position is that we still lack a policy framework. This … was a lie.

“There is a detailed policy framework, a kind of martial law for cyber operations created by the White House. It’s called ‘Presidential Policy Directive 20’ and was finalised at the end of last year.”

Linkability, the Key to Control – and Entrapment

As explained in the film, a key aspect of control through surveillance is the linkability of data. One piece of data about you is linked to another piece. For example, your bus pass can be linked to the debit card you used to buy the pass. Your debit card is also linked to all other purchases.

With two key pieces of information – WHERE you went on a given day, and WHEN you made purchases – they can determine who you spoke with and met up with by linking those data points with those of other people who were in the vicinity at the same time. And that’s without even using your cell or mobile phone data.

When all these various data points are aggregated – location data, purchases, phone calls, texts, social media posts and more – you end up with a collection of metadata that tells a story about you. However, while the story is made up of facts, it’s not necessarily true.

For example, just because you were standing at a particular street corner does not mean you had anything to do with the crime that was reported on that same corner at the time you happened to be there. The problem is that your data could be used against you in that way.

The 6 January prisoners are a perfect example of how bits and pieces of data can be misused. Many have now spent years in jail simply because their cellphone data showed them as being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

State Power Versus the People’s Power to Oppose That Power

When asked by Greenwald why he decided to become a whistle-blower, Snowden replied:

A Decade Later Snowden’s Words Ring Truer Than Ever

“I remember what the internet was like before it was being watched, and there’s never been anything in the history of man like it,” Snowden said.

Today, after the extreme ramp-up of censorship, surveillance and harassment we’ve endured since the covid pandemic began, Snowden’s warnings ring truer than ever.

Artificial intelligence now scours social media, podcasts and videos for keywords identifying “anti-vaxxers,” for example. It doesn’t even matter if they agree with what you’re writing or saying. The mere inclusion of certain words will get you axed from the platform.

Snowden’s worst fears have indeed come true, and today most people have come to realise just how dangerous this kind of blanket surveillance can be. Countless individuals whose only “crime” was to share their story of how the covid injection ruined their lives have had their posts censored and social media accounts shut down.

Canadians whose only “crime” was to donate a few dollars to a peaceful protest had their bank accounts frozen. Small companies and non-profit organisations with the “wrong” viewpoints have had their online payment services cancelled, effectively strangling their ability to make a living and keep their operation going.

Others have been de-banked without recourse, including yours truly. My CEO and CFO and all of their family members also had their accounts and credit cards cancelled, apparently for no other reason than the fact that they work for me. In other words, guilt by association.

Will the Internet as We Know It Disappear in the Next Year?

I recently posted an interview with investigative journalist Whitney Webb in which she talks about the next steps in the ramp-up of tyranny. The World Economic Forum has warned we may face a cyberattack on the banks before the end of 2024. That means we almost definitely will, seeing how they like to announce plans ahead of time.

Such a cyberattack will not only destroy the current banking system and usher in programmable central bank digital currencies, but it will also eliminate privacy online by requiring everyone to have a digital identification tied to their ISP.

The principles of “know your customer” (“KYC”) will be imposed on everybody for everything, and anything that doesn’t have that will be made illegal under National Security justifications.

Essentially, what we’re looking at is a cyber Patriot Act, which will allow for the unfettered surveillance of everyone’s online activities, and the ability to restrict or block access to the internet. As noted by Webb, “The internet as you know it will not exist after this happens.”

The goal is to monitor all online activity in real-time and have AI perform predictive policing to prevent crime before it happens. At that point, all bets are off. Data points alone may land you behind bars. Thought crimes will also have ramifications, potentially resulting in the seizing of private property and/or removal of “privileges” previously understood as human rights.

A Global Infrastructure Has Been Built

During their first meeting with Snowden in Hong Kong, he explained that a global infrastructure, built by the NSA with the cooperation of other governments, was already in place. That was 10 years ago, so you can imagine how it’s grown since then.

At that time, that network was already automatically intercepting every digital communication, every radio communication and every analogue communication. This blanket siphoning of data allows the NSA and others who have access to the network to retroactively search an individual’s communications, even if all they have is a single identifier. Snowden explained:

According to Snowden, the British Government Communications Headquarters (“GCHQ”) has “the most invasive network intercept program anywhere in the world.” That program, Tempora, intercepts all content, in addition to metadata, on everything and everyone.

Snowden also describes the “SSO,” which stands for Special Sorters Operations. The SSO passively collects data across networks, both in the US and internationally. Domestically, this is done primarily through corporate partnerships.

“They also do this with multinationals that might be headquartered in the US whom [they can] just pay into giving them access,” Snowden said. They also do it bilaterally with the assistance of other governments.

You’re Being Spied Upon Everywhere

Snowden also pointed out some of the many ways in which you’re being spied upon by the digital devices around you. As just one example, all VoIP phones, which transmit calls over an IP network such as the internet, have little computers inside of them that can be hot-mic’d even if servers are down. As long as the phone is plugged in, someone can use it to listen in on your conversations.

Within days of their first meeting in Hong Kong, Greenwald and Poitras were publishing stories about the NSA’s illegal blanket spying domestically and internationally. CNN Live reported:

Greenwald also made numerous live news appearances. In one, he stated:

Beyond Transparency

At this point, we’re beyond merely needing transparency. The intent to monitor and control every move we make and thought we express is now being openly expressed.

We can just assume that any digital devices can and probably are collecting data on our activities and whereabouts, and that those data are nowhere near held private and can be used against us in myriad ways.

Today, a decade after Snowden broke the dam of secrecy around the global surveillance scheme, we have but one choice left, and that is to actively reject that system by changing how we live our day-to-day lives. Everyone must now choose between freedom and enslavement, and the option to choose freedom is rapidly closing. Putting off making that choice is itself a choice.

Rejecting the control system means reverting back to “dumb” appliances and devices to the extent you’re able. It means getting savvier about privacy technologies such as de-Googled phones and computers2 that cannot spy on you. It means using cash as much as possible and rejecting CBDCs and digital tokens. As noted by Whitney Webb in the interview I linked to earlier:

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About the Author

Dr. Joseph Mercola is the founder and owner of, a Board-Certified Family Medicine Osteopathic Physician, a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and a New York Times bestselling author.  He publishes multiple articles a day covering a wide range of topics on his website

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20 days ago

Citizen Four part three. Made in 2014 nearly ten years ago. Long discussion of government surveillance of its citizens. My question is to what point? In 2023, in the UK the police either cannot or won’t bother to arrest all the people stealing from shops despite CCTV, mobile phones,.who or why would any government be that interested in the general population? It is the minority who thieve and do not follow the law, not the majority. Maybe if our governments put assurances behind their threats to imprison bad guys, like they do in Singapore there would be no need to run surveillance on the entire population.

Chris C
Chris C
20 days ago

According to Maria Zeee’s (three e’s) latest video on InfoWars, the Australian govt are taking over all the telecommunication networks, which could be a test-bed for the western world since Australians are mainly a placid people: the “totalitarian tiptoe” in action (cf. IHR Amendments).

We’ve noticed since covid that govt agencies, solicitors, doctors etc. have been “working from home” and it is increasingly difficult to have face-to-face contact with officials/professionals.
A.I. is here to stay, sadly in the wrong hands (demonic forces), and so however difficult, we need to make efforts to return to Nature, minimizing our interaction with Big Tech.

If you have a plot of land, instead of putting their “Smart” cars on it, use it to grow root vegetables and tomatoes, and if they try to stop you, fight fire with fire.
All we really need is water, food and shelter.

Reply to  Chris C
20 days ago

But what is the point of the gov’t in australia doing this? Governments will always need $$$$ where will their money come from?

Reply to  M.dowrick
19 days ago

Not if it’s digital they won’t

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