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  •  You really think Edward Snowdon would get (0+ / 0-)

    a fair and open public trial ?

    "Fair" maybe.   Certainly by the George Bush "all trials are fair"  standard, Snowdon's trail would be no LESS fair than that of any executed Texas felon's.

    But "Open" and "Public" ..  ?   In a case with National Security Implications?  

    In his place,  I'd consider the very real possibility that

    1)  he'd die  of natural causes while in custody.
    2)  he'd spends 2-3 years in Supermax and confess to "swearing allegiance to Osama Bin Laden"   -- for example:  Jose Padilla or  Win Ho Lee
    3) he'd  is tried in a secret security court/military tribunal -- for reasons of national security.

    A well balanced and well socialized citizen would understand:

    Best just NOT to do it !
    Go along
    Get along
    BE SAFE

    Granted  "shit and split" ISN'T very heroic.  It's not very attractive. Not everybody will consider it remotely "noble."

    And when you come right down to it  "we all knew" that the 1st 4th and 5th Amendments have had to be reexamined 'in the light of 9/11"  ...  it's just that most of us figured whatever Liberty had been lost was lost by "non-citizens" who had no right to Constitutional  protections in the first place.

    It's not so much that Snowdon's leaking is such  very valuable new information ... it's that he succeeded in creating such a stink that the MSM/The Village have actually given precious airtime to the  New Panopticon for Everyone
    story.

    It would have been a lot better if  Congress and the NSA had been a little more self-critical and  transparent, and thereby retained control of their "nothing to see here, move along." narrative --

    But sometimes unpleasant truths get out.
    And the people who out them aren't always "pleasant", either.

    It's not a perfect world.

    But "those with nothing to hide have nothing to fear" and that includes defense security contractors.

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