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Re: Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

Tue May 27, 2014 10:23 pm

NBC will be airing an interview w/Snowden. Full title is NBC News Exclusive with Brian Williams: Inside the Mind of Edward Snowden.

Will be on 5/28/14 @ 10 pm on NBC.

NBC Nightly News was promoting it and aired a brief clip. The text at http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/edward-s ... py-n115746 is basically what the news covered + a little more.

Anyone going to watch? I've got my TiVo set to record it.

edit: I also stumbled across http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/nsa-sn ... ms-n110351, which also says
The former NSA contractor's first-ever American television interview will air in an hour-long NBC News primetime special on Wednesday, May 28 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central.

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Re: Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:09 pm

Former State Department whistleblower

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ ... story.html

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/arc ... es/374722/

It's important to parse the Orwellian doublespeak...
All of this calls into question some recent administration statements. Gen. Keith Alexander, a former NSA director, has said publicly that for years the NSA maintained a U.S. person e-mail metadata program similar to the Section 215 telephone metadata program. And he has maintained that the e-mail program was terminated in 2011 because “we thought we could better protect civil liberties and privacy by doing away with it.” Note, however, that Alexander never said that the NSA stopped collecting such data — merely that the agency was no longer using the Patriot Act to do so. I suggest that Americans dig deeper.
New Surveillance Whistleblower: The NSA Violates the Constitution
John Napier Tye is speaking out to warn Americans about illegal spying. The former State Department official, who served in the Obama administration from 2011 to 2014, declared Friday that ongoing NSA surveillance abuses are taking place under the auspices of Executive Order 12333, which came into being in 1981, before the era of digital communications, but is being used to collect them promiscuously. Nye alleges that the Obama administration has been violating the Constitution with scant oversight from Congress or the judiciary.

"The order as used today threatens our democracy," he wrote in The Washington Post. "I am coming forward because I think Americans deserve an honest answer to the simple question: What kind of data is the NSA collecting on millions, or hundreds of millions, of Americans?"
This FOIA doc is one of the ways that Executive Order 12333 is implemented:

http://www.dni.gov/files/documents/1118 ... SP0018.pdf
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Re: Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:04 am

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Re: Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:58 pm

States appear to be working independently to limit surveillance - promising, but is it promising enough?

http://www.offnow.org/

http://www.offnow.org/plan
FACT: The spy agency needs resources like water and electricity. It simply cannot operate its facilities without these essential resources...Nothing requires state or local governments to help the federal government violate your rights!

Under the legal principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine, the Supreme Court has consistently held that the federal government cannot force states to help implement or enforce federal acts or programs. It rests primarily on four Supreme Court cases: Prigg v. Pennsylvania (1842), New York v. US (1992), Printz v. US (1997) and National Federation of Businesses v. Sebelius (2012).

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Re: Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:25 am

The Snowden documentary "Citizenfour" is excellent and very highly recommended.

It's in limited release in theatres/cinemas:
https://citizenfourfilm.com/see-the-film

It's reportedly on HBOgo
http://www.hbogo.com/#search&browseMode ... tizenfour/

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Re: Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:39 am

^^^^ +2+2

Two thumbs up for the movie (best documentary Oscar, amazingly), and
two middle fingers up to the NSA. Oh yes, NSA, "I said that." LOL!!!!!!1

Saw it in October(!), but glad to see it getting a second life...
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Re: Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

Thu May 07, 2015 7:51 am

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/ ... IN20150507
Writing for a three-judge appeals court panel, however, Circuit Judge Gerard Lynch said Congress did not authorize the NSA program under a section of the Patriot Act governing how investigators may collect information to fight terrorism.

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Re: Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

Sun Jun 14, 2015 1:05 pm

George Orwell, we didn't know you well enough.

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015 ... alsehoods/
Western journalists claim that the big lesson they learned from their key role in selling the Iraq War to the public is that it’s hideous, corrupt and often dangerous journalism to give anonymity to government officials to let them propagandize the public, then uncritically accept those anonymously voiced claims as Truth. But they’ve learned no such lesson.
We now have one of the purest examples of this dynamic. Last night, the Murdoch-owned Sunday Times published their lead front-page Sunday article, headlined “British Spies Betrayed to Russians and Chinese.” Just as the conventional media narrative was shifting to pro-Snowden sentiment in the wake of a key court ruling and a new surveillance law, the article (behind a paywall: full text here) claims in the first paragraph that these two adversaries “have cracked the top-secret cache of files stolen by the fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden, forcing MI6 to pull agents out of live operations in hostile countries, according to senior officials in Downing Street, the Home Office and the security services.”
But it works. Other news agencies mindlessly repeated the Sunday Times claims far and wide. I watched last night as American and British journalists of all kinds reacted to the report on Twitter: by questioning none of it. They did the opposite: they immediately assumed it to be true, then spent hours engaged in somber, self-serious discussions with one another over what the geopolitical implications are, how the breach happened, what it means for Snowden, etc. This is the formula that shapes their brains: anonymous self-serving government assertions = Truth.
Read the very well done article as they break-down many of the lies being woven into a rapidly-spreading myth.

Most of the fourth estate is letting us down and all they need is complacency to succeed. It appears they have that in spades.

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Re: Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:35 am

I like how, in the midst of someone revealing a massive and widespread government surveillance program, we have to decide if he's a good guy or bad guy. It's what he revealed that's the story, regardless of what you think of his actions.

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