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The left is too silent on the
clunking fist of state power

Guardian [UK], by John Harris

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Posted By:Judy W., 1/6/2014 10:29:44 AM

This will be the year of the intrusive, oppressive state. Obviously, this will not much distinguish it from 2013, 2012 or 2011. But still: fundamental issues of government and its reach into our lives are now bubbling away as never before, and may well reach boiling point over the next 12 months. The fallout from Edward Snowden´s revelations goes on: in the US, the latest stories concern a National Security Agency programme aimed at breaking all forms of digital encryption, while the debate about legislating to curtail surveillance powers rages. Here, by contrast, there is something jaw-dropping about how little the


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ruready?, 1/6/2014 11:07:45 AM     (No. 9681558)

The absence of grace and mercy from those that want to throw the book at Snowden is scary. Here is a man that is a Paul Revere of our age. The government really is coming.

He loved our nation enough to blow the whistle on a tyrannical government. 1) Was Clapper shown to be a liar - before Congress? 2) Was the government really monitoring every citizen? 3) Were Mike Rogers and Diane Feinstein in on it? 4) Did Obama use the IRS to go after his opponents? 5) Will Obama challenge our 4th amendment rights in court so he can keep spying on us?

Those posters among us that want to prosecute Snowden, can you offer a pathway that you would think that he should have taken on how to blow the whistle on our government? Who would you trust? The FBI? The CIA? Congress? The Media? If we punish Snowden, we should likewise punish Clapper, Feinstein, Rogers and Obama. If we all can agree that they go to jail at the same time, I am fine with that - but don´t let the big fish think that they can keep doing this to us. Put them in jail at the same time. Let´s have some perspective on criminality.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/6/2014 11:22:30 AM     (No. 9681573)

Many of our State Legislatures are working on a united plan to take BACK State´s rights. I pray that they will be successful. The Federal government has, and will continue to usurp State´s rights. It has to stop.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MattMusson, 1/6/2014 11:28:06 AM     (No. 9681581)

Wake up! The Left just loves power. They will never complain if they are in charge.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Clinger, 1/6/2014 12:00:15 PM     (No. 9681623)

#1 said in part "we should likewise punish Clapper, Feinstein, Rogers and Obama." Indeed we should. I have mixed feelings about Snowden however, not so the aforementioned.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kanphil, 1/6/2014 12:08:11 PM     (No. 9681640)

One of the strongest statements I have heard against Snowden came from Dick Cheney. No leftist, he! I think the whole federal government, left and right, is drunk with their own power. Time for the States to take them all down a peg.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 1/6/2014 1:45:11 PM     (No. 9681752)

Yes, it is time to push back the clock and allow the Federal Government only those powers enumerated in the Constitution.

The States must do this to reduce the high contempt and distrust our citizenry has for Congress, the Federal Agencies, and their crony lobbyist.

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