Condemning Snowden requires holding these beliefs:
- Allowing our government to obtain and use the ability to spy on virtually anyone, anywhere at anytime benefits us citizens.
- We can trust the government to use their top secret programs only for our protection.
- We can trust the government to harm other people only when there is a known threat to our safety and there is no viable alternative.
- The interests of the politicians, bureaucrats, military personnel, contractors and vendors that control our intelligence and security apparatus are exactly the same as the public's interests.
- The USA should have the ability to control the political decisions made by every other nation.
The House Chair, if fully informed, was complicit with the practices that Snowden considered unconstitutional and immoral. He has an interest in hiding that information. His opinion is not significant.
I'm glad Snowden exposed the corrupt US Government illegal activities.
On Dec. 16, in a lawsuit that could not have gone forward without the disclosures made possible by Snowden, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon described the NSA’s capabilities as “almost Orwellian” and said its bulk collection of U.S. domestic telephone records was probably unconstitutional.He named the chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees.
“Dianne Feinstein elected me when she asked softball questions” in committee hearings, he said. “Mike Rogers elected me when he kept these programs hidden. . . . The FISA court elected me when they decided to legislate from the bench on things that were far beyond the mandate of what that court was ever intended to do. The system failed comprehensively, and each level of oversight, each level of responsibility that should have addressed thisBeginning in October 2012, he said, he brought his misgivings to two superiors in the NSA’s Technology Directorate and two more in the NSA Threat Operations Center’s regional base in Hawaii. For each of them, and 15 other co-workers, Snowden said he opened a data query tool called BOUNDLESSINFORMANT, which used color-coded “heat maps” to depict the volume of data ingested by NSA taps.
His colleagues were often “astonished to learn we are collecting more in the United States on Americans than we are on Russians in Russia,” he said. Many of them were troubled, he said, and several said they did not want to know any more.Each year, NSA systems collected hundreds of millions of e-mail address books, hundreds of billions of cellphone location records and trillions of domestic call logs.
Most of that data, by definition and intent, belonged to ordinary people suspected of nothing.
"In February 1960, college students (from left) Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Billy Smith and Clarence Henderson began a sit in protest at the whites-only lunch counter at a Woolworth’s in Greensboro, N.C"
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Here's a list of known traitors.
He's in good company.
When your country engages in unconscionable acts, what's a man of conscience to do?
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