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    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-world-sn...032606031.html
    "We have proper avenues for whistleblowers to make their case, he should just turn himself in and take the consequences if he's really a concerned patriot"... blah blah. Right, all our Dems and cons want this guy dead, yet they say he shouldn't have gone to China, Russia, etc. to stay alive and get the word out. It's about salvaging freedom of the press and our media goober heads are all against him.

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    These events are hardly surprising.

    Bamford wrote a good book on the topic.

    Within treaty law the rest areas are a sort of neutral zone.

    The capsule hotels there are actually pretty comfortable.


    After days of shuttling about on private jets, such a refuge seems be nice.

    Havana has a nice climate and after all,

    The blowback might be too much .





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    Funny, I am not coming down on Snowden's side on this. We talked about it before: it is a cruel world, there are bad people with evil intents, as 9 11 and other events show. As important as the right to privacy is, all rights have their limits. When the gvt says monitoring has prevented additional terrorist attacks that claim can't be dismissed out of hand. Like everything else there needs to be balance. Snowden as an employee of a contractor seems to have had minimal security screening, I find it hard to believe a dedicated agent would have been so negligent of the true need for national security. So the fault is with the gvt contracting out such sensitive work and failing to supervise the contractors. I can't help but wonder if the cost of such necessary and realistic supervision has been a victim of our dysfunctional congress's insistence on tax cuts for billionaires. Its so sad but you actually do need to spend money, thats what it exists for, and supervising such contractors seems like just such a necessary expenditure. In Snowden the marketplace seems to have delivered unsatisfactory quality.

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    Ou sont les Snowdens d'antan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalalau View Post
    When the gvt says monitoring has prevented additional terrorist attacks that claim can't be dismissed out of hand.

    Snowden as an employee of a contractor seems to have had minimal security screening, I find it hard to believe a dedicated agent would have been so negligent of the true need for national security.

    So the fault is with the gvt contracting out such sensitive work and failing to supervise the contractors.

    In Snowden the marketplace seems to have delivered unsatisfactory quality.
    It can't be trusted either.
    Dick Cheney has steadfastly lied that torture saved America when in fact his rouge CIA agents failed to get anything like the FBI got using humane tactics. Virtually everybody in our Gmt. and media is rabid over getting this guy. Sickening.

    He hasn't done anything except clue the citizens of the US into what the terrorists have known for years. That's why they're mad as hell and want his head. No National security wasn harmed in the release of this info.

    How can they supervise the thousands who have the same types of clearance?

    I'd say we need millions more like him.
    As he's said, he's just a regular guy who saw things that were wrong and needed to be known, and he had the ability to do it even at high costs to him.


    I salute his ultimate patriotism and guts.
    Last edited by Ron Whitfield; June 24th, 2013 at 02:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    Dick Cheney has steadfastly lied that torture saved America when in fact his rouge CIA agents failed to get anything like the FBI got using humane tactics.
    But if torture had saved America from some attack, that would have been A-OK with you, right? The only problem with torture is that it doesn't work very well to extract correct information.
    He [Snowden] hasn't done anything except clue the citizens of the US into what the terrorists have known for years.
    So what counts is not whether we know the US government is violating the rights of its citizens, but whether the terrorists know. If the terrorists didn't already know about it, it would be okay to lock up Snowden for telling us and them both about it.
    How can they supervise the thousands who have the same types of clearance?
    But if with more effective supervision, our government could effectively keep it a secret that it violates our rights, then it would be okay to violate them.

    Does anything strike you as peculiar about these arguments you're making?
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    Excellent perspectives from all posters.

    If the prism device had been in place in the 1700s

    the American Revolution would have been nipped in the bud.

    They would have grabbed Paul Revere.

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    Last edited by lensperson; June 24th, 2013 at 09:21 PM.

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    That's a big playing field to play hide & seek.

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    I am kind of frustrated with the hypocrisy of my reaction. I totally supported Daniel Ellsberg blowing the whistle on the goofiness of the Vietnam War. In that case secrecy was being used to hide evil, in this case maybe not. The point that everybody who had an interest in knowing the gvt was spying already knew is probably correct. Thats why bin Laden went to such lengths to avoid leaving an electronic trail. Yet if the spying doesn't do any good why does the gvt claim it does, and why does the gvt even do it? Maybe just keeping the pressure on makes evil plots that much more difficult to pull off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalalau View Post
    The point that everybody who had an interest in knowing the gvt was spying already knew is probably correct.
    Well, we didn't know, right? So apparently you're saying that we didn't have any legitimate interest in knowing that our government was spying on us.
    Yet if the spying doesn't do any good why does the gvt claim it does, and why does the gvt even do it?
    Obviously, the government claims the spying has been pretty darn wonderful in order to justify its actions. What is it going to say? That the violation of our rights was pointless? Why did Cheney say he had pursued his previous policy of torture? Because he liked to hear the screams?

    Why does the government spy on us? There must be a good reason, because, as we know from the past, the government always has good reasons for everything it does. NOT.
    Last edited by GregLee; June 25th, 2013 at 05:56 AM.
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    The gvt claims its spying helped bust up more 9 11 type plots. The claim can't be dismissed out of hand, they may be right and from our vantage point we just can't tell. I am a lot more likely to accept what the Obama administration says because it never established a track record of lying like Bush did, Bush was reliably unreliable, you could depend on him to lie. Worst I can say for Obama is a few errors but not deliberate mass lying. Bin Laden went to great lengths to not leave an electronic trail, that says something. He could only be found with on the ground informants

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregLee View Post
    But if torture had saved America from some attack, that would have been A-OK with you, right? The only problem with torture is that it doesn't work very well to extract correct information.

    So what counts is not whether we know the US government is violating the rights of its citizens, but whether the terrorists know. If the terrorists didn't already know about it, it would be okay to lock up Snowden for telling us and them both about it. But if with more effective supervision, our government could effectively keep it a secret that it violates our rights, then it would be okay to violate them.
    You might want to re-read my post, Greg, I'm not promoting torture. And while I might be glad US lives were saved in most any way I'm not about to sanction torture or civil rights violations.

    But... the bad guys HAVE known for years, we are just too busy with American Idol to bother knowing our best interests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    You might want to re-read my post, Greg, I'm not promoting torture.
    I read your post carefully. You never said anything about torture being wrong. You argued only that torture was ineffective. I guess you don't realize that this does promote torture for those that happen to disagree with you on factual grounds and think it works, or who think that they have discovered more effective methods of torture than those previously used.
    Greg

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    To be clear...
    Torture is wrong and fails to get credibly consistant value.

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    Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

    It's the Golden Rule.

    What goes around comes around.

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    " I say we had better look our nation searchingly in the face,

    like a physician diagnosing some deep disease "

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    http://techinamerica.com/2013/06/26/...flight-booked/

    I wonder what movie he saw that he would live at an airport.

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    I guess it all depends on whether you trust your own government.

    Do you?

    I haven't seen much trustworthy coming out of our government in many years.
    Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Taken!
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    The most informed as to this sort of situation are usually service staff.

    The capsule hotel has cooks, bellboys and janitors.

    Those folks would no doubt know a lot.

    After all, thats their job.


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    Some commentator pointed out that people in the past who have engaged in civil disobedience accepted jail as consequence of their acts. Ellsberg, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and others all disobeyed authority but accepted the consequences. Snowden does not.

    On the plus side for him, it is good that US allies have now been informed that the US was spying on them, too. As a general rule, doing what the USSR did has never been a good idea.

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    It is an unfortunate world that closes its boundaries to sleuths.

    Truth is a gas that will always leak out eventually.

    Hopefully the presence of numerous correspondents in the wild

    will encourage cheaper room service.


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    Edward Snowden Poll Finds More Americans Now Think He Did The Wrong Thing

    “If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

    ― Malcolm X

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalalau View Post
    Some commentator pointed out that people in the past who have engaged in civil disobedience accepted jail as consequence of their acts. Ellsberg, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and others all disobeyed authority but accepted the consequences. Snowden does not.

    On the plus side for him, it is good that US allies have now been informed that the US was spying on them, too. As a general rule, doing what the USSR did has never been a good idea.
    I'd put Mandela on that list, too.

    From what I understand, Snowden faces life in prison. After the torture and other inhumane treatment of Bradley Manning, I think there's a legitimate reason to be adverse to facing the music. He already gave up a great life to disclose all this, and I'm surprised that relatively few Americans even care that the freedoms our forefathers fought and died for are being compromised. And they aren't just being compromised by government agents, they're being compromised by private corporate contractors. In this case, they entrusted a great deal of privilege to a high school dropout.

    Facing the apathy of Americans from a Moscow airport, possibly for the rest of his life, should be more than sufficient punishment (in the context of those who believe Snowden should have faced criminal charges in the USA). If they want to prosecute the man, then I think Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be prosecuted for perjury, too. If we want to prosecute people who broke "the law", or even the color of law, then let's prosecute everyone who did so, not just the ones who didn't agree with the agenda of secret surveillance (with the aid of private corporate corporations).

    Best case scenario: Snowden is either exonerated, or given a light sentence, along with James Clapper; and our intelligence gathering apparatus, etc. is severely reformed.

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    Vanguard, it is good to hear from you. Where have you been?
    Peace, Love, and Local Grindz

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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    Vanguard, it is good to hear from you. Where have you been?
    It's good to hear from you too, Matapule. I am glad you and others here are still posting!

    I've been incredibly busy! While I wouldn't call it good busy, it was most certainly educational.

    I'm going to need an outstanding vacation when I'm totally out of the woods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    Best case scenario: Snowden is either exonerated, or given a light sentence, along with James Clapper; and our intelligence gathering apparatus, etc. is severely reformed.
    Since when is telling the truth a punishable offense? Oh, right, when it flows against the status quo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaonohi View Post
    Since when is telling the truth a punishable offense? Oh, right, when it flows against the status quo.
    No, it's when it's against the law.
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