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View Diary: Edward Snowden is a Coward and Traitor (275 comments)

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  •  How so? (4+ / 0-)
    There's knowing, and there's "knowing"
    •  We know many things in a general sense (0+ / 0-)

      Some of them we come to know more deeply and strongly.

      In this instance people knew that powers were being turned over to the government to do things that hadn't previously been done. It didn't seem like a big deal, given the bigger deal of the perceived threats to our safety. It was seen as a necessary thing to do, and besides the government was only going to focus on those dangerous threatening others. With these recent revelations people are coming to know more thoroughly just what that meant in practice.  It is not easy, or even possible, to know who are the dangerous people to focus on unless you first look at everybody; and then apply some criteria on who you will look at more closely.  Which then leads people to wonder just what criteria do they use to decide who to look at more closely, and the possible answers are a bit unsettling.  

      Mere weeks after 9/11 people weren't interested in knowing or thinking about those details. Time passed and the matter stayed out of sight, out of mind. Then comes the Boston Marathon, and Snowden, and the issues came to the forefront and people want to really "know".

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 07:20:01 AM PDT

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