UPDATE: Snowden’s statement
Watch Live: Glenn Greenwald Debates Former NSA Director Michael Hayden
Live from Toronto, Canada, watch The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald team up with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian to debate state surveillance with former NSA and CIA chief Michael Hayden and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. Greenwald and Ohanian will argue against the motion “be it resolved state surveillance is a legitimate defense of our freedoms.” The event was organized by the Munk Debates and starts at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.
“Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. We have to keep them in balance,” Hayden said, noting this can be a delicate task, and that America’s 200-year-old tradition of spying is “a legitimate state activity” that keeps U.S. citizens from harm.
“There are some things we absolutely have a right to keep private and secret. There are other things that the collective has a right to know for a higher good,” the former U.S. spy agency director said.
“Everybody wants governments to be listening to the conversations to the extent they can to Osama bin Laden,” he said.
“But as citizens, it’s our responsibility to rationalize these risks and not let ourselves be fearmongered.”