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  •  That's a rather tortured definition of "law" (1+ / 0-)
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    Tortmaster

    A law is what is passed by the Congress.

    Precedent, judicial interpretations, etc. are very different things, which is why we have other names for them.

    Now, I'll happily agree with anyone who says that Snowden has exposed secret interpretations of US laws and the US Constitution by the FISA Court.  That's a true statement and there are real questions about how we should balance the need for secrecy in a world full of hostile nations and trans-national groups with the need for an open and democratic government.  

    But Snowden's defenders are sacrificing accuracy for dramatic soundbites that are lies and there is no reason not to call them out on that.

    If Snowden's actions are defensible then let his defenders argue based on real facts, not lies.

    For what it's worth, I think Snowden's revelations about domestic spying are very troubling and there is a real question about how we should both protect ourselves (no one wants another 9/11) and keep a free society and how things like this can be challenged without making them public since we can't have every radical civil libertarian exposing every government surveillance program that they disagree with with impunity.

    On the other hand, Snowden's revelations about US spying on foreign countries are indefensible and clearly warrant a very long prison sentence.

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