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View Diary: Testimony of Pete Seeger before the House Un-American Activities Committee, August 18, 1955 (146 comments)

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  •  Pete Seeger stood up and spoke his beliefs. (4+ / 0-)

    And he did it in Washington DC.

    I don't despise Snowden, and I'm glad the NSA secrets were brought into the light of day.  

    But one does not have to be "pro-NSA" to wish Snowden had shown one-tenth of the strength, courage, and fortitude that Seeger did.

    •  I agree to a point... (2+ / 0-)
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      BOHICA, JBL55

      ... but let's not say it as a criticism of Snowden. Let's say it to ourselves: We should all be striving to be like Pete. Very few of us have gotten there.

      Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

      by Nowhere Man on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 04:30:19 AM PST

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    •  Why do you wish Snowden was in jail? (5+ / 0-)
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      BOHICA, maryabein, HiKa, mkor7, lotlizard

      What possible purpose would it have served for him to do 20-30 years in the American Gulag?

      Would you know one more bit about the crimes of the NSA if he were the subject of a "trial" in which cries of State Secrecy denied him any chance to defend himself?

      I neither understand nor respect masochists by proxy.

      "I read New republic and Nation/I've learned to take every view.." P. Ochs

      by JesseCW on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 05:35:13 AM PST

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      •  I neither understand nor respect drama queens. (0+ / 0-)
        ... the American Gulag ...  a "trial" in which cries of State Secrecy denied him any chance to defend himself ...  masochists by proxy
        Your response, like that of many of Snowden's defenders, shows a lack of understanding about the nature of civil disobedience.

        If one commits an act of civil disobedience, one should be willing to pay the price.  Pete Seeger was such a one, as was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others who broke the law and were willing to go to prison in order to make a larger point.

        Those who are not willing are not entitled to respect, because they show neither respect for the rule of law nor an understanding of the breath-taking changes in society that can happen when one person stands up for bad laws and bad policies.

        And pre-judging the outcome of legal proceedings on the basis of fear and prejudice is immeasurably contrary to the principles on which the rule of law is based.

        •  Correction: (0+ / 0-)

          The third paragraph should have read:

          "... when one person stands up against bad laws and bad policies."

          (Note to self: after editing a sentence, re-read the entire sentence carefully.)

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