Matt Damon: Snowden Did a Great Thing

In this barely viewed video shot for UK Screen, Matt Damon answers a journalist’s question about Edward Snowden, admitting while he hasn’t read all the material Snowden leaked, he thinks the whistleblower

did a great thing

and that Snowden seemed like a:

conscientious guy.

The actor goes on to say:

If we’re going to trade our civil liberties for our security, then that should be a decision that we collectively make, it shouldn’t be made for us.

He then further discusses the sacrifice of personal liberty for security.

H/T: CNET.com

12 Responses to "Matt Damon: Snowden Did a Great Thing"
DSWright | Monday August 26, 2013 02:53 pm 1

Great actor and he cares about issues.


kafka | Monday August 26, 2013 04:16 pm 2

Michael Grunwald can’t wait to write the defense of the drone strike that takes out Damon.


Synoia | Monday August 26, 2013 04:19 pm 3
In response to kafka @ 2

Gives new meaning to “do stop droning on…”


eCAHNomics | Monday August 26, 2013 04:57 pm 4

Lefty Raygun?


Jon73 | Monday August 26, 2013 05:02 pm 5

To the best of my recollection I’ve seen only one of your movies, Matt Damon, but thanks. This is a nice counterbalance to all the assholes like David Letterman who insist that no one should be worried about warrantless surveillance.


Knut | Monday August 26, 2013 05:47 pm 6

Damon put it exactly right. If we are going to let ourselves be spied on, it should be a collective choice. The last election wasn’t that choice, unless you hold, as some do, that the President is an elected dictator, which raises the obvious question whether he can dictate his successor, as logic suggests.


alan1tx | Monday August 26, 2013 06:15 pm 7

The .0001% club speaks about the commoners.


Arbusto | Monday August 26, 2013 06:16 pm 8

Matt’s response is so elegantly simple and correct it needs to be coined in Congress&#151well for those who think we should have a modicum of freedom


seaglass | Monday August 26, 2013 07:15 pm 9
In response to alan1tx @ 7

We need some of the nobility on our side.


gannonguckert | Monday August 26, 2013 08:27 pm 10
In response to alan1tx @ 7

Alan, I’ve always admired your leadership in socio-political thought, and especially the way you’ve finessed that leadership into real accomplishment.

Here’s hoping Damon hears your voice, or at least your perspective. Those two or three hundred million Americans between your valued voice and Matt Damon’s shouldn’t drown out a syllable.


PillBilly | Monday August 26, 2013 09:38 pm 11
In response to Jon73 @ 5

Thanks for mentioning that about Letterman. His depth of being a “liberal” is merely bashing Republicans; which is easy, but for him requires joke writers. Wealthy arrogant dicks probably feel that there’s nothing their lawyers can’t fix for them if needed, so why worry if you would ever be a subject of unwarranted surveillance. Would be interesting for Damon to engage Letterman about this next time he’s a guest.


Jon73 | Monday August 26, 2013 11:02 pm 12
In response to PillBilly @ 11

Yep, I’d tune in for that.


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