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Old 06-10-2013, 09:33 AM  
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Eric Snowden: Greatest American Hero Ever?

Eric Snowden: Greatest American Hero Ever?

The NSA leaker has come forward in a June 9 interview on The Guardian, the British media outlet that broke the story of the NSA acquisition of phone records and access to online activity. Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA, has come forward to identify himself as the NSA whistleblower being sought in the release of NSA files. He said he is not hiding because he has not done anything wrong.

Snowden is currently an employee of a defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, and he has previously worked for various others. This has put him inside the National Security Agency for the last four years.

The NSA leaker, aware that he would be facing the ire of the U.S. government, made the choice to sacrifice his comfortable life in Hawaii and $200,000 salary to make the public aware of the depth of the privacy infringements that he claims exist. He says he doesn't want to live in a society like that.

The NSA leaker was a former CIA tech assistant

"The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to," he said.

You can view Edward Snowden's video interview here.: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013...r-surveillance

The technology specialist is "holed up" in a motel in Hong Kong, basically waiting for the other shoe to drop.

He wrote a note that went with the second set of documents, according to The Guardian:

"I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions," but "I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant."

The head of NSA, James Clapper, has reported the leaks of the NSA documents as a crime. You can read about that here.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:52 AM   #526
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another area that has been exposed during Snowden's fight is our foreign policy -- china and russia are openly bashing the US Gov't for disobeying the 1st & 4th ammendments when they respond with "we will check with the laws that govern our land and take the proper action". Hell, there are leaders in europe bashing the US gov't for their disregard as well -- that is how little "relation" the US gov't has with foreign countries -- leaders abroad are speaking to the american people (through media) about the bullying tactics and military policing that seems to be unnecessary from their views.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:54 AM   #527
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another area that has been exposed during Snowden's fight is our foreign policy -- china and russia are openly bashing the US Gov't for disobeying the 1st & 4th ammendments when they respond with "we will check with the laws that govern our land and take the proper action". Hell, there are leaders in europe bashing the US gov't for their disregard as well -- that is how little "relation" the US gov't has with foreign countries -- leaders abroad are speaking to the american people (through media) about it.
Yeah, let me care what Russia and China say.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:57 AM   #528
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Yeah, let me care what Russia and China say.
somebody call the isolationist policeman (BRC) on blaise
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:12 PM   #529
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so, in your mind, he went from microwaving burgers to NSA associate. sure.
hey dude back off on the personal shit.

I wasn't saying shit about the article except that it exists.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:44 AM   #530
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Favorite best of the day: The strongly worded front-page commentary in the overseas edition of the People's Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist party, responded to harsh criticism of China from the US for allowing Snowden to flee.

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"Not only did the US authorities not give us an explanation and apology, it instead expressed dissatisfaction at the Hong Kong special administrative region for handling things in accordance with law."
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"In a sense, the United States has gone from a 'model of human rights' to 'an eavesdropper on personal privacy', the 'manipulator' of the centralised power over the international internet, and the mad 'invader' of other countries' networks."
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The White House said allowing Snowden to leave was "a deliberate choice by the government to release a fugitive despite a valid arrest warrant, and that decision unquestionably has a negative impact on the US-China relationship."
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"The world will remember Edward Snowden, "It was his fearlessness that tore off Washington's sanctimonious mask."
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:42 AM   #531
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ya, it's funny -- no other country has come out to defend the US gov't -- in fact other gov't are hoping to appeal to the american people to pressure it's gov't to cease these intrusive programs.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:55 AM   #532
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ya, it's funny -- no other country has come out to defend the US gov't -- in fact other gov't are hoping to appeal to the american people to pressure it's gov't to cease these intrusive programs.
Other countries don't have our best interests in mind.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:00 AM   #533
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by "our" I suspect you refer to the tinfoil hat wearing paranoid freaks that consider every american a capable terrorist and therefore requires the US Military watching over daily lives of all americans and soon the world.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:27 AM   #534
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by "our" I suspect you refer to the tinfoil hat wearing paranoid freaks that consider every american a capable terrorist and therefore requires the US Military watching over daily lives of all americans and soon the world.
I just think he means the people of the United States.
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Four years ago, Ed Snowden thought leakers should be ‘shot’

Since he publicly acknowledged being the source of bombshell leaks about the NSA two weeks ago, Ed Snowden has portrayed government secrecy as a threat to democracy, and his own leaks as acts of conscience. But chat logs uncovered by the tech news site Ars Technica suggest Snowden hasn’t always felt that way.

“Those people should be shot in the balls,” Snowden apparently said of leakers in a January 2009 chat. Snowden had logged into an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server associated with Ars Technica. While Ars itself didn’t log the conversations, multiple participants in the discussions kept logs of the chats and provided them to the technology site.

At this point, Snowden’s evolution into a fierce critic of the national security establishment was in its early stages. Snowden was incensed at the New York Times, which had described secret negotiations between the United States and Israel over how best to deal with Iran’s suspected nuclear program.

“Are they TRYING to start a war? Jesus christ. They’re like wikileaks.” Snowden wrote. “You don’t put that s— in the NEWSPAPER.”

“They have a HISTORY of this s—,” he continued, making liberal use of capital letters and profanity. “These are the same people who blew the whole ‘we could listen to osama’s cell phone’ thing. The same people who screwed us on wiretapping. Over and over and over again.”

He said he enjoyed “ethical reporting.” But “VIOLATING NATIONAL SECURITY? no. That s— is classified for a reason. It’s not because ‘oh we hope our citizens don’t find out.’ It’s because ‘this s— won’t work if iran knows what we’re doing.’”

“I am so angry right now. This is completely unbelievable.”

The comments were posted by a user named TheTrueHOOHA. While IRC doesn’t have a formal mechanism for authenticating users, impersonation is rare, and Snowden is known to have used the same username in comments on the Ars Web site. Moreover, TheTrueHOOHA mentions biographical details, like his work in Switzerland, that closely match Snowden’s biography.

Evidently, four years inside the national security bureaucracy radically changed Snowden’s views about executive secrecy. “I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” Snowden said after releasing dozens of classified documents to two newspapers. Snowden says he got “hardened” later in 2009 as he “watched as Obama advanced the very policies that I thought would be reined in.” He now believes the government’s spying programs pose “an existential threat to democracy.”

Snowden says he concluded that “you can’t wait around for someone else to act. I had been looking for leaders, but I realized that leadership is about being the first to act.”
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:45 PM   #536
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Looks like Snowden had his come to reality moment. Nothing wakes you to wrong doing then seeing it up front.
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