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View Diary: Edward Snowden: Freedom Lover or Just Another Self-Serving Spy? (76 comments)

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    There is an uneasy sense from this whole flap that people in power live by their own rules - and in some instances their own reactions don't help to tamp down that perception. If you look at the details of what Obama has said and done, I think that it's safe to say that he's been very lawyerly about the whole thing - which is to say that he's been good at defending the legality of the FISA requests but slow to address the lopsided power that the Executive branch has been granted over the past thirty-plus years. No easy answers, but fixing Congress seems to be the first step towards more sanity. If Obama can't get legislative support for more balanced policies, the Executive Branch is not likely to disarm unilaterally.

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