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  •  Thanks so much. (4+ / 0-)

    These cases stink. And public opinion matters as the spheres of war, espionage, spying, treason, and OTOH whitsle-blowing and journalism have all fundamentally transformed in the information and data world we live in. It's reasonable that security, laws and enforcement will adapt. It's also reasonable that the onus on the gov't to follow the law is amplified  and the reporting is vital to appropriate oversight.

    Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

    by kck on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 08:31:08 AM PST

    •  Unfortunately, 9/11 dovetailed with the digital (11+ / 0-)

      explosion and the laws have not adapted, but instead become more restrictive; for example, the Patriot Act, the FISA Amendments Act, etc.

      My book, TRAITOR: THE WHISTLEBLOWER & THE "AMERICAN TALIBAN," is Amazon's #1 Best Seller in Human Rights Books for February 2012.

      by Jesselyn Radack on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 08:57:15 AM PST

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        I've the New Yorker article Mr. Drake did and it look like he's being/been railroaded by the government.  However, the biggest take from the article for me is that the intelligence community now has the scary-monster-under-the-bed to replace the last scary-monster-under-the-bed.  Sadly, it had to be the deaths of 3000+ people to be used as an opportunity to expand their influence.  Mr. Drake was right when he said

        I also think the intelligence community coöpted Obama, because he’s rather naïve about national security. He’s accepted the fear and secrecy.

        Read more http://www.newyorker.com/...

        If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. -- A.E.

        by lcj98 on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 09:28:38 AM PST

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        •  Iran is the new Iraq (1+ / 0-)
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          Isn't that the latest scary-monster-under-the-bed?

          It's hard to keep track of them all!

          My book, TRAITOR: THE WHISTLEBLOWER & THE "AMERICAN TALIBAN," is Amazon's #1 Best Seller in Human Rights Books for February 2012.

          by Jesselyn Radack on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 11:41:50 AM PST

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          •  Think bigger, kind of faceless but not really... (1+ / 0-)
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            TERRORISTS!!!  (cue blood curdling scream)...  We had to replace the SOVIETS (blood curdling) with something equally scary.

            If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. -- A.E.

            by lcj98 on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 12:07:48 PM PST

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        •  Communism was at least a believable monster- (2+ / 0-)
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          under-the-bed.  It was not unreasonable at the time to think it posed a threat to the survival of our democratic system.  I know, because I was a true believer in the Cold War myself at the time, and I don't think I'm unreasonable.

          It's now pretty clear that any threat from Communism was seriously exaggerated, but we know that with hindsight.  Some people were wise enough to realize this at the time, but to believe otherwise was not unreasonable.

          Now, the Islamist threat that we are supposed to be so scared of is no threat at all to our system.  They might kill some of us, but preventing the deaths of some of us is not a sufficient reason for limiting our liberties.  And we are now ourselves limiting those liberties, out of fear of this unbelievable Islamist threat.

          The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

          by lysias on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 12:07:29 PM PST

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