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Somewhere in Russia,
Edward Snowden Is Smiling

National Journal, by James Oliphant

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 8/10/2013 8:16:06 AM

President Obama couldn´t say it—he denied it repeatedly in fact—but Edward Snowden was very much the reason he felt compelled to stand before the national press on a sun-baked Friday August afternoon and attempt to explain why his administration would pursue reforms of its counterterrorism programs even though—and this is the tricky part—he wouldn´t concede that those programs are flawed in any way. That brings us back to Snowden, the whistleblower/patriot/traitor squirreled away somewhere in Russia after revealing key operational details of the National Security Agency's domestic

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I believe that Snowden needs to be tried and convicted of releasing any of this classified information to the full extent of US law. HOWEVER, I make the distinction that that does NOT make what he has released false, but rather immeasurably damaging to our security and interests. NSA crossed a line to spy and collect metadata on US citizens with a FISA court ruling by 0bama. This does not make their actions "legal." If so, 0bama wouldn´t be claiming more future "oversight" of them.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 8/10/2013 8:47:55 AM     (No. 9467110)

Eric Snowden is living rent-free in Obama´s head. That´s a huge empty space and Rush Limbaugh is already there so chances are they´ll never run into each other.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mark34, 8/10/2013 8:49:30 AM     (No. 9467113)

Some time in the future Snowden will be welcomed back to the U.S. as a patriotic hero.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: KingBubo, 8/10/2013 8:55:06 AM     (No. 9467115)

He should just call himself a whistlelower and see how that goes.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 8/10/2013 8:57:02 AM     (No. 9467117)

I am in the camp that classifies Snowden as a whistle blower. To expose this he had to travel to a country hostile to the US, else he would have been quieted, thrown under the jail and the public would still be in the dark. I also think we still do not know the extent of the data collection and it´s use/abuse. I do know it was not used against domestic terrorism else the Boston mess would have been stopped.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: realrep, 8/10/2013 9:07:27 AM     (No. 9467133)

great thoughts #3

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Reply 6 - Posted by: anonymous, 8/10/2013 9:11:39 AM     (No. 9467138)

If the NSA was simply going after criminals, nobody would be complaining. However, it and other government agencies have been observing and recording the activities of ordinary people who have not - and don´t intend to - commit crimes. It´s a blatant attempt to profile us.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Patchy groundfog, 8/10/2013 10:25:15 AM     (No. 9467234)

As always, the lefty media choose their heroes and villains strictly on political affiliation. One can only imagine the hosannas for Snowden were GWB in office.

They tried to make a champion out of Larry Flynt of all people so nothing is too tawdry for them.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bohallx, 8/10/2013 12:56:28 PM     (No. 9467499)

TELEPHONE BILLS ~ call up your phone company some day and ask for a full copy of your monthly service charge record including system identification and duration times for all calls made or received.

I used to get those for ´certification for payment´ from dozens of phone systems and other communications common carriers ~ then they decided they could just send a digital copy on request.

There´s a tremendous amount of data generated for each and every call ~

The phone companies are required by law to generate and keep that information.

NSA rides on top of the ´spying´ done by your phone company ~ and you pay that company to do that.

If you don´t make calls and don´t sign up for phone service the records are never created and NSA won´t get that information.

I believe Snowden had no idea where the information really originated, nor how casual the security is that protects it from assorted goobers ~ else, he´d understood that long before NSA got it´s share to analyze every spy operation on the planet would have already tapped into it ~ to do their type of analysis!

He went to China imagining he could sell that stuff

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Reply 9 - Posted by: enuf8, 8/10/2013 1:01:12 PM     (No. 9467505)

The PRISM program was/is being used for political purposes by obama and his thugs---the only "jihadist" who have been stopped are the ones the FBI/CIA/Policing entities set up and caught due to STINGS.
This info always trickles out days and weeks and months later. Private citizens on a flight stopped the failed underwear bomber on that Christmas flight------it certainly wasn´t Big Sis and her crew. They are all worthless.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: horacer, 8/10/2013 2:01:40 PM     (No. 9467571)

He´s a traitor. He should be returned, tried and shot. In the same day. There were plenty of avenues in this country to take the information too. He ran to our enemies. He´s scum.

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