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Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower
New York Times, by Editorial

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Posted By:Drive, 1/2/2014 8:17:35 AM

Seven months ago, the world began to learn the vast scope of the National Security Agency’s reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe, as it collects information about their phone calls, their email messages, their friends and contacts, how they spend their days and where they spend their nights. The public learned in great detail how the agency has exceeded its mandate and abused its authority, prompting outrage at kitchen tables and at the desks of Congress, which may finally begin to limit these practices.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lazyman, 1/2/2014 8:27:15 AM     (No. 9676425)

Don´t agree with this rag often but I do this time.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lifelonghuman, 1/2/2014 8:52:13 AM     (No. 9676467)

I don´t agree with clemency. I´m not surprised with the depth of NSA´s surveillance. It´s pretty much parallel with Google´s. (Actually, Google´s record keeping is much more personal.)
No way Snowden should be allowed to live free in this country.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rama41, 1/2/2014 8:54:57 AM     (No. 9676474)

Eight years ago, the NYT blames the Bush administration for the excesses of the NSA. Now they credit Obama for "a powerful indictment" of the agency´s excesses.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 1/2/2014 8:57:04 AM     (No. 9676480)

Interesting point made by #2. We are incensed when the govt does it to us, and should be, but we willingly look the other way when it´s google. I stopped everything google about 3 years ago, including using their search engine.

What I search for on the Internet should be my business and no one else´s.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/2/2014 8:58:59 AM     (No. 9676483)

I have no warm fuzzy feelings for Edward Snowden. Bring him back to stand trial or let him rot in that tiny little room in Russia.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chillijilli, 1/2/2014 9:03:55 AM     (No. 9676500)

Americans have been carried away on a tsunami of emotion regarding this entire Snowden story. But, something…something about this whole caper smells to high heaven and makes no sense. It´s easy to get distracted---is he a hero, a traitor---but I challenge you to go back and read this story as it unfolded and ask yourself why such a perfectly unassuming technically brilliant telegenic geek would purposely assume the position of an international sitting duck, basically holding the US government hostage for half a year. Anybody could´ve picked him off or at least hacked into his alleged massive data collection. I´d like to believe that he´s just a whistleblower, but uh uh. There´s something more to this.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Earlgrey, 1/2/2014 9:23:39 AM     (No. 9676534)

Since when did the NSA issue amnesty?


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Reply 8 - Posted by: mark34, 1/2/2014 9:23:59 AM     (No. 9676535)

The age requirement for president should be lowered so that we may elect Edward Snowden president in 2016.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: lydwho, 1/2/2014 9:31:25 AM     (No. 9676553)

Public hanging is the only answer!!!!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: quegley, 1/2/2014 10:51:07 AM     (No. 9676704)

I can tell by the sparse comments there truly is a lot of back and forth from readers here. Here´s my opinion, let the courts decide. That is why we have them, let them decide and then he will have proved/disproved his case, and his punishment or acquittal will happen.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JHBoatwright, 1/2/2014 11:19:36 AM     (No. 9676741)

Just HOW did Snowden manage to acquire all that "secret" info?
And all by hisself?
Or did he have some help? from higher sources?
Is all that info correct or have some few items of mis-info been inserted????
Que sera, sera...............

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jasmine, 1/2/2014 12:01:52 PM     (No. 9676786)

Edward Snowden told Americans what they were entitled to know. There are no limits to what government can do in the name of protecting us, when we have no meaningful oversight...which we did not. It is a felony to lie to congress. James Clapper is safe from prosecution after lying to sen Wyden...the notion that Mr. Snowden could have blown the whistle via some supposed proper channels is laughable.



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Reply 13 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 1/2/2014 12:14:18 PM     (No. 9676795)

I say we take away Obama´s bogus Peace medal and give it to Snowden.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: belwhatter, 1/2/2014 12:30:20 PM     (No. 9676817)

Snowden did us all a great favor - he has proved what many citizens have long suspected that the "elected" government is being controlled by shadow government and our privacy is the price.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: wsdiego, 1/2/2014 1:42:07 PM     (No. 9676898)

I think we should give Snowden a National Freedom medal!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/2/2014 2:12:51 PM     (No. 9676933)

One thing is for sure, Snowden is a lot smarter then the liberal Democrat politically connected suits who Obama put at the top of the NSA allegedly to protect the nation´s secrets.

Does the USA really want to set a new legal precident for individuals who decide on their own that "the right thing to do" is to steal and release USA classified information to the world and America´s enemies?

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