– US creating ‘global security state’: Oliver Stone (PressTV, July 5, 2013):
Outspoken filmmaker Oliver Stone has sharply criticized the United States for creating the “global security state” by eavesdropping techniques, saying that “the world is in danger with our tyranny.”
In a press conference in the Czech Republic on Thursday, the director also blasted President Barack Obama for his policies regarding American whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Wrap reported.
“It’s a disgrace that Obama is more concerned with hunting down Snowden than reforming these George Bush-style eavesdropping techniques,” Stone said.
Snowden, who is reportedly stuck in a transit area of a Moscow airport, has revealed to the media details of secret spying programs under which the U.S. spy agencies collect massive amounts of data on people’s communications via telephone and the Internet.
The whistleblower has put in asylum applications to several countries, but his requests have been denied so far.
“To me, Snowden is a hero, because he revealed secrets that we should all know, that the United States has repeatedly violated the Fourth Amendment.” Stone said. “He should be welcomed, and offered asylum, but he has no place to hide because every country is intimidated by the United States.
“This should not be. This is what’s wrong with the world today, and it’s very important that the world recognizes and gives asylum to Snowden. Everyone in the world is impacted by the United States’ Big Brother attitude toward the world.”
The American filmmaker also told European journalists in the press conference that their countries should resist Washington’s pressure.
“We need countries to say no to the United States,” he said. “The United States is the dominant power in the universe, with its eavesdropping abilities, cyber abilities… It’s what they call in the Pentagon ‘full spectrum dominance.’”
Stone said,” … We think we’re special, but we’re not.
“There seem to be madmen running the country. Mad men. They wear suits, they wear ties, they talk nice like Obama or tough like Bush, but what’s the difference? They’re mad men,” he concluded.