Ai Weiwei on the NSA: Shocking if American citizens allow this to continue

June 12, 2013
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It's not surprising that Ai Weiwei, whose outspoken career is illustrated in a show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, has something to say about the NSA surveillance controversy currently swirling in the United States.

In an essay published June 11 in The Guardian, Ai Weiwei, who lived in the U.S. for 12 years, said, "To me, it's abusively using government powers to interfere with individual's privacy. ... It will be shocking for me if American citizens allow this to continue."

He makes clear that different legal conditions exist in the U.S. and China but notes, "There is no guarantee that China, the U.S., or any other government will not use the information falsely or wrongly. I think especially that a nation like the U.S., which is technically advanced, should not take advantage of its power. It encourages other nations."

For the entire essay, click here.

Check out my review of the "Ai Weiwei: According to What?" exhibit at the IMA here. It runs through July 21 at the IMA.

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  • Nobama the Hypocrite
    I remebmer back in the day after 9/11, a certain president decided to record OVERSEAS calls to make an attempt to spoil terrorist attacks, and that president was once again, called everything but a president. Dumbocrats were outraged thinking their calls discussing gay marriage, abortion, gun control, etc was being recorded. However, our current administration, has been recording our conversations abroad, locally, and on line, and is defending itselves in the name of national security. How many dumbocrats are going to go along with this program now that Nobama is doing it that crapped themselves when that other president wanted to record OVERSEAS calls??? Can you say dumbocrat or, I mean, hypocrites!!!!!
    • Say It Ain't So Joe...
      Well, Obama is wrong to allow this. He needs to work on the economy. Bush and Cheney were the architects of this (NSA spying), Obama has wrongfully continued doing it. Bush, Cheney and Obama are wrong. Obama, now in power, needs to stop this (NSA) spying on citizens.

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