Snowden director Oliver Stone faced off with Bill O’Reilly tonight over the actions of Edward Snowden and the NSA.
O’Reilly argued that Americans want security and don’t want someone like Snowden potentially putting Americans in harm’s way.
He asked Stone if he thinks Snowden knows more about keeping America safe than President Obama or George W. Bush. Stone said, “I’ve heard that ever since I was a young boy in America… I believe governments lie, I think they protect their own interests to get reelected.”
O’Reilly was surprised that Stone doesn’t see the terror-fighting benefits of cyber-warfare, but Stone said that the NSA could easily engage in “selected targets” without the dragnet. O’Reilly pushed back on the idea of the dragnet, but Stone said the database is there.
O’Reilly asked, “You don’t think that this country is actively trying to persecute its own people with these devices?”
Watch Stone’s answer in the clip above, via Fox News.
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