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  •  blah blah ego blah (6+ / 0-)

    Who cares about Snowden's ego?  I care about the information he released, to the enormous benefit of our democracy.

    His landing in Russia does not mean he agrees with Russian politics or society- it only means he disagreed with current US policy and actions.  

    Here's hoping he can find a society to live in that values transparency, trusts it's people, and believes in freedom of the press.  It may not be Russia- but to our collective shame it's not the US either.

    •  Excellent post, oldmanriver!! (1+ / 0-)
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    •  No benefit. Only potential for harm. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm referring to foreign relations, not the insignificant "civil rights" transgressions of the NSA.  

      I fully support the NSA, as long as we have oversight.  No constitutional issues, as you don't own the networks or the data.

      Snowden has thrown his life away for nothing positive.  A pity.

      •  No benefit? really? (3+ / 0-)
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        Snowden is still living HIS life- the life he has chosen given the paths available to him.  I'd say he has not thrown it away- to the contrary, he has maximized his impact.

        I see you value "foreign relations" above "civil rights".  Just, wow.  It's difficult to argue with a person who has a value system that is the polar opposite of my own.

        I would argue that foreign relations only matter when they are protecting and advancing the civil rights of the citizens of the nation.  Without civil rights at home, what does it matter if foreign relations exist at all?

        Snowden has made it possible for our democracy to decide openly if we will allow suspicion-less spying on every person in the nation.  THAT is the benefit- right there in plain sight.  Democracy only matters if we actually get to make decisions based on reality.  You may not like the news, but thanks to Snowden there it is.  

        •  Sheesh (0+ / 0-)

          I said the transgressions, tiny thought they are, are whats insignificant, not civil rights in general.  The potential damage is in the foreign relations / defense arena.  The traitor stole intelligence that Russia and China easily could have obtained if the wanted to.

          Snowden sacrificed what seemed to be a good life for nothing.  Cosmetic changes may be made to the NSA, but in the ends the grown ups will do what is necessary for national security. Nothing will have changed.  He will regret it.

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