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  •  Much ado about nothing? (11+ / 0-)

    Then surely as you say, since we know all governments spy on each other and he revealed nothing new since 2006 that newspapers had revealed anyway........

    Wouldn't you then agree that a presidential pardon would be in order for Snowden?

    He has revealed information that was largely released in 2006 by a number of newspapers across the nation. In terms of information that might be new, most of it deals with surveillance that governments direct against other governments.

    For our fallen solders who come home from Afghanistan to Dover AF mortuary, "God bless the cause of "The Good War" for which they died" - As if any war can be called Good in its 13th year, America's longest war.

    by allenjo on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 10:21:20 AM PST

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    •  Well, even your solicitation for a pardon reveals (2+ / 0-)
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      that you know he broke the law. If he hadn't done anything wrong there wouldn't be need for a pardon.

      •  He is charged under the Espionage act of 1917 (3+ / 0-)
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        so hardly an admission from me that he broke the law, anymore than I would say that about Elllsberg.

        I think that Snowden's actions served the public good and that he should not be criminally charged, but allowed to come home in good grace and to be given a job by Obama in helping right the abuses of the surveillance state that we are living under.

        For our fallen solders who come home from Afghanistan to Dover AF mortuary, "God bless the cause of "The Good War" for which they died" - As if any war can be called Good in its 13th year, America's longest war.

        by allenjo on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 03:54:50 PM PST

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      •  Yeah, because (0+ / 0-)

        "breaking the law" = "doing something wrong".

        Tell that to John Brown,  Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, and Rosa Parks.  

        For starters.

        And, while we're at it, Daniel Ellsberg.  Who has a rather different opinion about Mr. Snowden than you do, and has both far more information and experience in this area than you'll ever have.

        "A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence agst. foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home." - James Madison

        by gharlane on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 08:10:16 PM PST

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