Amid a steady rise of backlash, Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old former National Security Agency contractor who was the source of a spring of leaks about the agency´s surveillance methods, conducted a live chat on The Guardian´s website Monday morning. Judging from some of the pointed questions he´s been asked and the reaction to newly leaked revelations over the past few days, it´s clear that much of the sympathy and support Snowden had built up for his early exposures is eroding. Many Americans supported his decision to leak information about a pair of National Security Agency surveillance programs, which, he detailed, gathered information
I´m still in limbo over what this guy has done and said.If he took an oath of secrecy as a condition of employment,he obviously violated that.If he´s personally paranoid over the government´s potential for abuse of power,that´s another thing and he has company there.
What I´ve seen happen over the past couple weeks is the left wasn´t sure what to make of this.They hated the patriot Act which this is an extension of but with Obama using it,they suddenly are Ok with it.
In other words the left and media have sat back and watched public reaction to this and since it reflects poorly on Obama,they´re attacking Snowden now.
You´re obliged to keep secret information you have access to secure if and only if there is no criminal activity. If there is, and there clearly is criminal activity here on the part of the NSA, you´re obliged to speak up.
Bear in mind our government and its media lapdogs are working overtime to discredit this guy.
This guy thinks he´s smarter and more moral than the rest of us. He is getting really cocky.His most recent disclosures are treasonous and he HAS put American lives in jeopardy. He is also naive to think other freindly nations aren´t spying on us. We need to be better and smarter at it than the rest of the world if we are to survive as a nation.
There is no question that this has been a plan of his as far back as Geneva in 2007. He didn´t JUST decide to do this when he saw PRISM. He has been lying in wait. And I firmly believe that he had help. There is no way he was able to access PRISM on his own. Only 30-40 people had that kind of access.
To give China and Russia ammunition to discredit the US is despicable. He is a coward. He ran. The US needs to find him and bring him home before he seeks asylum .
Like a lot of people I am still struggling with how I really feel about Snowden but what I am not going to do is fall into line because the media is out to destroy him. Their only agenda is to cover for Obama. Never forget that.
I´m with Dick Cheney, Rep. Mike Rogers, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, John Bolton, Andrew McCarthy and others who actually know what they´re talking about and why Snowden is traitor. If you need further proof, just look at this statement from Snowden:
"And for what? So we can have secret access to a computer in a country we´re not even fighting? So we can potentially reveal a potential terrorist with the potential to kill fewer Americans than our own Police? No, the public needs to know the kinds of things a government does in its name, or the ´consent of the governed´ is meaningless."
Oh really, our own police are targeting innocent civilians to blow them up? Snowden is a typical leftist hack who sees any "killing" as immoral. The police may end up killing "an American" but that American is usually in the process of committing a violent crime and the police are protecting an innocent American. These actions are not equal to the acts of a terrorists. Moral relativism and this guy embodies it.
I agree with some of the posters that it was difficult to determine this guy´s motivation. It became much clearer when I heard his statement regarding Dick Cheney. His gut reaction was not unlike that of an Occupy Wall Street banshee.
Our ruling class created some monsters in the aftermath of the first 9/11. DHS, TSA for starters. NSA was already there but now it´s all seeing eye never blinks. I think this guy is a hero and I can´t wait for more information. I can no longer trust email, messaging, instant messaging, Skype, or any other method of communication, even snail mail. Now we may actually find out of the conspiracy theorists are accurate in some of their doom scenarios. These revelations have already changed my life and the way I do things. Y´all get your head out of the sand. Your government is not your friend, or your protector. Remember the swat teams rousting houses and running people down the street after the marathon bomb??? Who´d a thunk in this country that could happen??? Looked just like Nazi Germany in the 30´s.
If you haven´t, you must read The Guardian´s Glenn Greenwald´s ON-LINE interview with Edward Snowden, dated June 17. There are close to 3,000 comments after The Guardian´s article. Just as easy, scroll back to yesterday´s (6/17) post of article at 76 p.m. Got only five posts, so maybe a lot of people missed it first time around.
Those who want to make Edward Snowden the story risk missing the forest for the trees. We are under no obligation whatever to form an opinion of him, his politics, his personality, or his motives. All of these are irrelevant to the only questions that really matter, namely, are his disclosures true and if so, what are their implications for our liberties? I do not know the answers to these questions. We need to find out the truth about them. The truth about his disclosures is entirely distinct from his motives in making them. A bad man may tell the truth for bad reasons. It is a fallacy to conflate the messenger with the message. Edward Snowden is not, so far as I know, running for political office. He does not need our votes. Whether we "support" and "sympathize" with him is beside the point, as is the foolish question posed by foolish journalists: is he a hero or a villain?
I find it astonishing that Republicans would try to tamp down this scandal on grounds of national security at the exact same time the pervasive abuses of the IRS are coming to light and the Department of Homeland Security is seeking to acquire the same information and ability to scrutinize Americans as the NSA. It is very disappointing to hear even people like Dick Cheney harumphing and proclaiming that Edward Snowden is a traitor and should be tried for treason. Does Mr. Cheney not understand that while Edward Snowden may be a traitor and can be tried for treason, this has absolutely nothing to do with the questions about how much snooping the NSA is doing, what the safeguards are, and the potential for abuse of information? Has he not been following the IRS story?
Does Mr. Cheney not understand that while Edward Snowden may be a traitor and can be tried for treason, this has absolutely nothing to do with the questions about how much snooping the NSA is doing, what the safeguards are, and the potential for abuse of information? Has he not been following the IRS story?
My first question to you is, did you watch Chris Wallace´s interview of Dick Cheney on Fox News? He does indeed understand the implications. He understands the safeguards that are in place and he understands the potentials for abuse. He addressed each and every one of your concerns. He then talked, at length, about the IRS scandal. Please understand this: the IRS scandal happened because of direct targeting of a certain group w/o any of the sophisticated technology being used at the NSA. It happened with American citizens willingly identifying themselves and giving their information to the IRS in an effort to assemble as a group. The IRS scandal is about subverting the 2012 elections by keeping people from joining together to make their voices heard.
This Snowden guy is now confirming for the terrorists and for foreign countries, China and Russia, exactly how our spy operations work. This, is indeed, putting many Americans at risk.
It is really sad situation to watch the masks falling off people who were thought to be pro American people. A ´oath of secrecy´ should not be allowed to be used by the government to cover up illegal and unconstitutional acts of criminality against this Country and citizens.
Uncovering the fact that crimes have been committed against us is not a traitorous thing. I agree wholeheartedly with one thing here: The media is going to do their best to protect Obama and destroy this guy for uncovering the illegal spying on us. And those of you who believe this guy is a traitor are being duped by the media.
Beginning to believe I can´t tell the good guys from the bad guys anymore. I will withhold judgment for now, but I am becoming more cynical about this guy as the days go by. The crack about the police was very telling.
The only person whose secrets have been given out is Obama‘s. Obama has been data mining the American people for a long time. Look the story over and tell me what actual secrets or names he has given up. And why do you need to spy on Americans if as Obama says “the war on terrorism is over“. Chaney still thinks that the NSA program is the same thing he and Bush put together and it isn’t.
Snowden was hired to do one thing and sworn to secrecy. Then he saw something horrible going on. I am glad he told us.
Originally the Patriot Act was to be used to ferret out actual terrorists who were going to actually kill us. Under 0bama the Patriot Act is used to harrass HIS enemy. US. The IRS scandal corroborates this.
While Snowden makes one or two immature statements in that live interview, the basic gist of what he is saying is that the government is spying on you. Not because you are a threat to national security but because it wants information about you that will one day be useful to it.
In relation to this, I distinctly recall last year´s election campaign where the Obama team had this supposedly whizz-bang means of targeting voters with messages that the voter wanted to hear. I sincerely wonder if Obama and his team had access to personal profiles obtained from these spying operations.
In a nutshell, the government wants to know who you are, what you do, what you think of certain issues, whom you vote for and where you sleep.
#10...you hit the nail on the head. Watching the news and reading comments on liberal and conservative sites it´s apparent that this exposure is a hugely divisive issue. Can´t help but believe if we are more concerned about security than liberty our government will be only too happy to comply and will continue to grow exponentially into all facets of our lives. Government is suspicious of all of us yet believes no one should hold them accountable.
"This Snowden guy is now confirming for the terrorists and for foreign countries, China and Russia, exactly how our spy operations work. This, is indeed, putting many Americans at risk." ------
I didn´t watch the Cheney video. Maybe I am missing something, for I don´t understand what Snowden has thus far disclosed that was not already common knowledge - except, of course, the massive scale of the surveillance of American citizens by our own government. The potential for abuse of the information thus gathered is enormous. It could make the abuses of the IRS look like child´s play. The NSA surveillance of all Americans provides the government information about every aspect, nook and cranny, associations, habits and affiliations of their lives. Anyone who believes that the content of monitored communications would never be examined without following prescribed procedures is beyond hope. And anyway, who says the prescribed procedures are adequate? Who are these "judges" and "courts" and to whom are they accountable? What REASON have we to trust them? How would we KNOW if they were corrupted?
It is anyway utter nonsense to claim that because the NSA allegedly just collects metadata except in special cases when the "judges" and "courts" permit closer scrutiny, there is nothing to worry about. People should pause to ask themselves what metadata is and why the NSA would be interested in it. Apparently, if Snowden is telling the truth, the public communications connections of ALL American citizens are being continuously monitored by the Federal government: who they are communicating with, when, how often, who their associates and friends are, what they search for on the internet, where they are purchasing items, what web sites they frequent, e.g. Lucianne, and much more besides. This information is potentially far more significant than the content of single messages.
American lives put in danger? Maybe... but what did Bill Clinton do when he gave our missile tech to China via the Commerce department? What did the black genius in the WH do when he came out proclaiming the death of Osama ...touting all the new intel we got.. and then giving the info to Holly-weird for their stupid movie that did nothing but try and help the boob get reelected.. Does anyone believe the terrorist didn´t know the cell phones were being monitored? Does anyone believe they didn´t know they were being tracked on line? Well..not very good ..ala Boston bombers... the Obama thugs only need a phone number to sift through the stash they have and pull out any and all calls to blackmail a SC Justice...or a Senator or Congressperson..or even a NYT journalist. If they can get the IRS to target conservative groups just by writing to them and "suggesting" they will not think twice about this.. Safe guards be damned.. The media is protecting the ignorant incompetent person in the WH.. I refuse to fall in line behind them...I will make my own decision about the whistle blower´s character and motives.. As for Dick Cheney..I think his spy program has changed a great deal since he left DC..
Exactly #3, #15. Hey #5 you should go to work for Obama and craft his teleprompter speeches, assuming you don´t already. Just which lives are at risk now a la Snowden?
So like #26 points out: Clinton sold secrets to China that will no doubt get more Americans killed in the event of war; Obama has outed certain people that has lead to their deaths/imprisonment-from the Pakistani Dr to Seal Team 6. So now all of sudden we are going to turn on someone who lets us know US citizens are being spied on to formerly unimaginable dimensions. Oh so Snowden is a coward because he "ran"? ha what spin.
In the meantime recognized familiar Luc posters are taking the side of the Rinos like McCain(all in on pro Muslim Brotherhood agenda), Graham, Boehner, Cheney? You should rethink your position(s).
See the writing on the wall-the Gestapo Feds are using 09/11/01, etc. as an excuse to spy on Americans, to ultimately make us into a communist nation, while saying on the other hand that the war on terrorism is over. None of it adds up.
Perhaps Hollywood and the media have given many Americans the false impressions that whistle blowers are always good people motivated by the noblest and purest motives. Movies are made about such people portraying them in this fashion - as Heroes and Heroines of the People, crusaders for truth, justice and the American way. The usual narrative is Leftist and portrays the lone rebel David standing up against the Goliath of Big Business for the most selfless and highest of motives. This occasionally happens - but the usual scenario is different and less exalted. Many, perhaps most such people, like police informants and tipsters to the IRS, are acting from a combination of personal malice, spite, and quest for gain. They are by no means uniformly nice people. Their motives are seldom pure. Often, probably most of the time, they may be doing the right thing for the wrong reason. There is an ancient legal maxim, Roman I believe, that says private feuds are public goods. People seek to destroy or get even with their personal enemies by disclosing their secrets to get them in trouble. The police receive much information from disgruntled associates of the fugitive.
Those whose earnest wish is to prosecute Snowden to the maximum extent of the law are perfectly free to try to do this. He certainly broke the law. But to confuse the motives and politics and personal qualities of Edward Snowden with the truth and significance of whatever information he has divulged is to commit a logical fallacy that mixes up the messenger with the message.
My observation is that those condemning Mr Snowden are either government insiders (or former like Cheney) or lawyers arguing the built in safeguards make this legal. I am not a lawyer or even a college graduate but I can read, and the Fourth Amendment is very clear, no unreasonable searches and SEIZURES until a warrant is issued based on probable cause. How is it a lawyer can argue otherwise, does law school teach the Constitution is only a guideline, not the foundation this Republic was built upon?
I believe every phone call is recorded, not just who what where when how. If they want to punish you, to pressure you, to intimidate, to blackmail, even to embarrass you, they have the goods. Hell, the mosques are off limits, but the citizens are crushed. The gay traitor who represents the syndicate that is destroying our country hasn´t an honest care for you, or it´s former mission to he the shining city on a hill. He is big brother, and you are "little people", who can be exterminated like a bug.
When I look at all of the deceit coming from this administration ... fast in furious, Benghazi, the IRS, etc and the lies (Holder), the lies (Hily), the lies (Clapper). And then I am told to trust in the safeguards at the NSA because of Cheney ... Please! Per Snowden – only history will tell; Per the leaked info – Priceless. We all should know what the potential could be!
Vice President Cheney is wrong on the NSA spying, and Snowden is correct. The NSA is recording everything, dancing on a parsing of the law which says that they cannot "target" anyone in the US without a warrant. If they record everything from everyone, then they have convinced themselves that they are not "targeting" anyone in particular. Sounds a lot like Clinton´s argument "depends on what the meaning of ´is´ is".
Our Federal government is out of control. A megalomaniac President could take this NSA information, and combined with the destructive powers of the IRS (or EPA in the case of businesses and farmers) --> completely shut down opposition to any policy he imposes. This is what Snowden meant by "turn key tyranny".
Senator Rand understands the risks to our Constitutional rights. It is sad to see so many conservatives taken in by the arguments of the power-hungry.
The headline above is premature. Actor John Cusack called it, "Civil Disobedience", referring to the early work, published in 1849, of Henry David Thoreau, also defined as, Resistance to Civil Government in his classic patriot essay by this great American. In it, Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican–American War. Perhaps Snowden´s surprising behavior will free up others to act on their stifled, smothered, academically controlled consciences. Snowden, right or wrong, is a model of dropping out of injustice. Think Tom Paine, Martin Luther King, John Lennon, Andrew Breitbart. There is the shocking realization that government has overruled, atrophied the consciences of the Diane Sawyer media, of all the powerful, warring politicians in Washington. The government enabling them all to become agents of injustice. More individual whistleblowers are on the way. Thank god he’s still alive.
Please tell me what or which ´Americans´ are put at risk by Snowden? We need to know that the American government is spying on us, not terrorists. Furthermore, terrorists according to GW Bush´s DHS are returning Iraq vets, Tea Party activists, and anyone that questions their government: ME! I could care less about the whereabouts of Snowden, I am glad he blew the whistle on our fraudulent government of the USA.
Geez-it´s not like Snowden watched four Americans die while he sipped pink champagne in a hot tub with Reggie. Does anyone seriously think the terrorists didn´t know their communications could be monitored ? The only ones in the dark were the American people because we stupidly assumed that the government was only interested in the bad guys. Obviously that directive left the building when Bush and Cheney did.
I don´t approve of the massive data gathering but knowledge that the government was gathering massive amounts of date on the American people and crunching the numbers with powerful computers has been around from about the turn of the century. It´s not unconstitutional to gather information in public places and over public lines of communication. It´s merely illegal in some circumstances. Legislation like the Patriot Act makes some of those illegal circumstances legal. So what Snowden has revealed is not new, it´s merely shocking to find out that one might be being watched.
I don´t think he´s either a hero or a traitor. I think he´s a diversion, just one of many diversions we´ve been presented with since Benghazi.
"He saw clearly criminal activity? Really? He signed an oath not to divulge classified information. He violated that oath. End of story." --------
I don´t have any interest in defending Snowden, who in my opinion is or ought to be all but irrelevant to his own story - but the reasoning above is problematic to say the least. It would excuse or mitigate the silence and complicity of SS death camp guards, for example. Admittedly that is an extreme example, but it should remind us that breaking the positive(i.e. man-made, human) law can on occasion be obedience to a higher law. This is an ancient dilemma for which simple and easy answers are seldom adequate. Dogmatic demands for premature closure of this difficult topic may be emotionally satisfying but are unlikely to be intellectually or morally edifying. Did Snowden do right or did he do wrong? There is no doubt he broke the law and knew that he was breaking the law. But doing right and obeying the law are not, alas, always synonymous. Sometimes the right thing is to break the law. Is this one of those instances? As far as I can tell, the public does not yet have enough information to judge.
Thank you #41...finally a voice of reason on this thread. NSA data collection has been going on for a long, long time...it´s what you do with the data that matters. As far as I know, there haven´t been any innocent citizens set-up on bogus charges or their rights violated in some nefarious way. Rather, we´ve actually MISSED acts of terrorism...not due to poor data but the reluctance or outright refusal to use it. Ft. Hood and Boston are but two examples...would like to know if the underwear bomber is a third example. Yet, we also know that the data was used to stop dozens of attempts. . .at least that is according to Gen. Alexander who I have no reason to believe is lying to us.
Snowden himself is a side show in this whole story.
It benefits Obama to make the story about Snowden. I understand why some might want to shoot the messenger, but I feel like he exposed a program that has the potential to be used for political purposes against people on my said of the fence. That exposure makes it much more difficult for it to be abused. I think Obama is anti-American (and therefore anti-ME) so I really don´t want his admin to have access to such a system as long as he´s in power.
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Thank you, #29, for pointing out that George Washington was a traitor.
Before we pass judgement on Edward Snowdon, compare his activities to those of Barack Hussein Obama and his cabal. Fast and Furious, Benghazi, voter fraud, illegal campaign funds, IRS scandal, NSA scandal.
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THE Internet has been abuzz over the spectacle of President Obama and the prime ministers of Britain and Denmark snapping a photo of themselves — a “selfie,” to use the mot du jour — with a smartphone at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday. Leaving aside whether it was appropriate, the moment captured the democratization of image making that is a hallmark of our gadget-filled, technologically rich era. Manifestly undemocratic, in contrast, is the way Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried
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The Sexiest Man Alive is being enlisted to spice up Obamacare. Pop singer Adam Levine, who won the designation from People magazine last month, is among the celebrities who’ll be promoting enrollment in online health insurance exchanges as part of a social media campaign kicking off tomorrow. With enrollment totals behind administration projections after the botched start-up of the federal exchange, 17 state exchanges joined by an advocacy group are drawing on Obama administration allies in entertainment and sports to promote sign-ups, using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Reprising a tactic President Barack Obama successfully employed in his 2012 re-election, organizers