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  •  Freedom's Future. Part 4 of Columbia Law Prof (17+ / 0-)

    Eben Moglen gave a 4 part series entitled:

    Snowden and the Future

    He is one of the founders of

    Software Freedom Law Center

    His 4 part talk is posted on the web with video, audio and pdf. I don't have explicit permission to reprint the material below, but since he is into freedom and open source, and the whole thing is in a pdf, I don't think it would be a problem.

    In his lectures he points out that Romans believed their rhetoric of freedom and didn't realize that they were being made slaves. It was 2000 years until another Republic was founded in the US. He points out that NSA is part of a military operation against the world.

    Here are the opening paragraphs from Lecture 4. I added the bold

    PART IV:
    Freedom's Future

    We must now turn our attention from what Mr.Snowden has taught us concerning the scope of our problem to what, with his assistance, we may do to conceive our responses.

    We have seen that, with the relentlessness of military operation, the listeners in the United States have embarked on a campaign against the privacy of the human race. They have across broad swathes of humanity compromised secrecy, destroyed anonymity, and adversely affected the autonomy of billions of people.

    They are doing this because they have been presented with a mission by an extraordinarily imprudent national government in the United States, which having failed to prevent a very serious attack on American civilians at home, largely by ignoring warnings, decreed that they were never again to be put in a position where they should have known.

    This resulted in a military response, which is to get as close to everything as possible. Because if you don t take as close to everything as possible, how can you say that you knew everything that you should have known?

    The fundamental problem was the political, not the military, judgment involved. When military leaders are given objectives, they achieve them at whatever collateral cost they are not prohibited from incurring. That is their job. And if you apply General Curtis Le May to a situation and you get havoc, well, that s what you called General LeMay in for. General LeMay was correct when he said that, if the United States had lost the Second World War, he and his staff would have been tried for war crimes. From General LeMay s point of view that meant he was performing his job.

    here is the link to the whole presentation

    http://snowdenandthefuture.info/...

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