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  •  My question went more to exactly whom you (1+ / 0-)
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    actually do have sympathy for, since you write:

    I don't have a whole lot of sympathy for people who leak information, you know, breaking the law.
    You are so woefully misinformed about why information is classified -- most of the time it's not about "protecting lives" -- that I cannot begin to educate you on the abuse and mis-use of classification by this administration and its predecessors.
    •  Mostly classified to cover up crimes. (0+ / 0-)

      The initial court case which created the "state secrets" doctrine is an infamous and glaring example.

    •  Your comparison sucks because civil rights (0+ / 0-)

      activists that engaged in disobedience fully expected to be prosecuted.  In fact, that was part of their strategy.  MLK once said before a march, "We are going to fill up all the jails."  Since those civil rights activists fully expected to be prosecuted for acts of civil disobedienc, it makes no difference whether anyone had "sympathy" for or against them as far as whether they'd be prosecuted is concerned.

      By contrast, there are progressives today that demand we show "sympathy" for leakers by being outraged that someone dare prosecute them.  

      Even if someone did have sympathy for leakers, that doesn't necessarily mean that they should demand that they not be prosecuted, and it CERTAINLY does not equate to civil rights activists that didn't get outraged that they were prosecuted.

      •  Oh, FFS. The poster to whom I responded said (0+ / 0-)

        he felt no sympathy for those who engaged in lawbreaking. I then asked whom he actually did feel sympathy for.

        What did the civil rights activists have in common with with leakers like Daniel Ellsberg, Bradley Manning, et. al.? Let's see, both 'broke the law' of man in pursuit of a higher justice.

        Since the poster who made the original statement has no sympathy for those who would break the law, do you?

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