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    to the extent that we enforce those laws, we lose privacy.

    We all know how this Administration feels about whistleblowers.

    What aspect of Snowden's revelations does not qualify as whistleblowing?

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    by corvo on Sun Jun 09, 2013 at 02:01:24 PM PDT

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    •  As I understand it... (0+ / 0-)

      ...whistle blowing is satisfied if wrongdoing is uncovered.  As this point in time, that is not clear.  

      That is the main point here.  NSA may have been following the laws.  If we disagree with how the laws are operating or believe the courts and Congress are not exercising sufficient oversight, then we should address that.  

      But I think we need an NSA.  We need confidentiality laws.  And - if it is proved those laws were broken - there should be consequences.  

      It wasn't that long ago that people on DKOS were urging Dick Cheney be prosecuted for "outing" Valerie Plame.  Scooter Libby was all set up to take the fall before he was given that "pardon."  

      But there was acknowledgement on all sides that: a) there were secrecy laws against such behavior as Cheney's was alleged; b) that the secrecy laws needed to be enforced.

      Beware of carving out overly generous definitions of what a "whistleblower" is.  It can come back and bite you later.

      "Hidden in the idea of radical openness is an allegiance to machines instead of people." - Jaron Lanier

      by FDRDemocrat on Sun Jun 09, 2013 at 03:58:58 PM PDT

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