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  •  This is an encouraging sign from Al Franken (2+ / 0-)
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    Einsteinia, spacejam

    and it helps me to feel a little better about him, especially because his initial comments seemed to defend the need for these surveillance programs. I've always liked good old Al, and he's definitely been involved in pushing some good legislation through Congress. Or trying to, anyway.

    Other times, not so much...

    However, like I said I'm definitely feeling hopeful about this latest op-ed, and also agree with markthshark's comment above.

    I would add that another critically important point that Sen. Franken makes (and which is one of the reason's I feel better about him right now) is this

    Last month, when Edward Snowden began leaking highly classified documents to the press, many Americans were shocked by what they read.

    As a result, when Snowden's leaks became public, Americans had no way of knowing the scope of these programs, their privacy protections and the legal authorities they were operating under. It was just Snowden and his documents on the one side and the government on the other, saying "trust us."
    And, regardless of what people all to often rant about Snowden breaking the law, the most salient point to the pivotal role he has played is made very clear by the distinguished Senator above.

    He really is a whistleblower, folks, and it's really important to acknowledge that we wouldn't be having these discussions now (let alone any legislative moves) aimed at rectifying these egregiously invasive programs if it weren't for his leaks.

    Oh yeah, Manning too.

    If you see a sacred cow, milk it for all it's worth. -Swami Beyondananda

    by The Free Agent on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 11:16:50 PM PDT

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