WRITTEN BY: DEREK MARTIN
The recent leak and subsequent scandal around the NSA’s PRISM program has become what one might be inclined to call a really big deal. The debate around it seemingly breached the usually iron clad partisan lines of Washington, with certain Republicans defending the president’s support of the program, while some hardline Democrats vilify him for it. With the lines so throughly shattered, the stage would be set for an educated national debate on privacy, the war on terror and to what extent security can be used to trump privacy, if this was any country other than the United States. Unfortunately, in a fashion far to typical of American politics, the educated debate has been all but drowned out by extreme rhetoric and what are, frankly, misleading assertions regarding the legality and constitutionality of the program.
While Snowden is locked and hidden in who knows where in the world, he leaked even more information regarding the NSA’s PRISM program. This second wave of leaks allows one to understand how this network of spying functions. Continue reading
Many libertarians such as Ron Paul have fiercely opposed the Patriot Act by citing Benjamin Franklin’s argument that “those who trade liberty for security deserve neither.” Edward Snowden has sacrificed a pretty good life to prove that we deserve liberty. In other words, he traded his own security to win back some of the liberty that we have lost. Continue reading
Mr. Edward Snowden, an American Prometheus of sorts, is not just an ordinary whistleblower against government corruption. He is a full-blown Carter/Gents air raid siren whose dual-tone minor third tones should shake western governments to their foundations. America’s National Security Agency, and Great Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) endanger their citizen’s natural right of privacy by intercepting every communication, regardless of the source or lack of suspicion, with their insidious fiber-optic tentacles. People find that they, to paraphrase Wallstreet’s Gordon Gecko, are holding a naive belief in free speech and due process. Continue reading
Almost everyone has seen that reporter Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian Newspaper, and other journalists have been publishing astonishing materials supplied by the whistle blower Edward Snowden which shows how the NSA has been spying on the American people to a degree unheard of in history. Some are comparing the NSA’s actions to those of the East German Stasi; but the Stasi did not have the modern technology and internet to work with in its day. Continue reading
Written By: CASPER ZAJAC
Edward Snowden has been charged with two felonies under the Espionage Act. By whom? By his own Government. Yes. That’s right. The US Government, which spies on its own citizens, claims that this whistle-blower is a spy. As a result he fled Hong Kong for Russia. Congratulations President Obama, you have just made laugh all the people who in the time of Cold War jumped over the Berlin Wall hoping for better future in the West.
We told you so. We have been saying this for a while. You did not listen to us. You dismissed us. Ron Paul was right. Judge Napolitano was right. The “tinfoil hat, black helicopter conspiracy theorists” were right. The only question that begs answering now is: What will be done? Will anything really change? Is enough finally enough?
The recent anti-privacy scandals surfacing in the mainstream media are both alarming and unsurprising.
One thing that’s worth mentioning is that this kind of news is very difficult to talk about accurately. Issues involving national security and surveillance are almost always classified. To have a real discussion about these things would require you to be working within the department or have access to leaked documents. So in reality, the only way the public could ever have any knowledge about such information is if it is leaked.
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