Colbert Didn’t Disappoint at RSA Conference

Here’s the audio for Colbert’s keynote speech during the RSA Conference held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco last week that attracted around 6,000 people.

After last week’s boycott of the RSA Conference for allegedly taking $10 million from the NSA to install a back door in one of their security products, Colbert was asked through a petition to not give his keynote speech. But, he decided to attack from the inside of the beast, as he didn’t back away from his presentation. This from CNET on how he described the conference:

Colbert described the conference jokingly as a place where the best security experts “gather, talk shop, and breed with each other. That’s called exchanging private keys.”

Colbert interwove jokes about the situation with seriousness. “I hope RSA took the money. If they didn’t, they should have. We all have Uncle Sam’s cameras up our junk. Shouldn’t someone be getting paid for it?” he quipped.

But he also said over the course of the 45-minute keynote that Americans have proven “time and time again” that they support the policies in the Patriot Act that allowed expanded surveillance of American citizens.

“We the people voted for the Patriot Act. We voted for the people who reauthorized it, and re-reauthorized it. The American people have spoken,” he said. “You don’t change horses in mid-wiretap.”

Colbert joked that the Patriot Act-authorized policies as “enhanced liberty,” similar to how “enhanced interrogation” lets you “drink all the water you want.” READ MORE HERE.

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