Edward Snowden warns that governments may use coronavirus to limit freedoms | Fox News
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In an interview with Vice last Thursday, Snowden said world leaders who claim new emergency authority will hold onto that power well after the pandemic ends.
He talked about emergency powers born out of a crisis, while referencing mass surveillance and certain measures implemented out of 9/11 — including the Patriot Act.
“As authoritarianism spreads, as emergency laws proliferate, as we sacrifice our rights, we also sacrifice our capability to arrest the slide into a less liberal and less free world,” he told Vice.
“Do you truly believe that when the first wave, this second wave, the 16th wave of the coronavirus is a long-forgotten memory, that these capabilities will not be kept? That these datasets will not be kept?”
He says those measures were deemed temporary but have continued to stay in place in some fashion.
Snowden also discussed how he believes researchers have known an event like the COVID-19 outbreak was going to happen eventually.