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The Pursuit of Edward Snowden: Washington in a Rage, Striving to Run the World

By Norman Solomon.

Rarely has any American provoked such fury in Washington’s high places. So far, Edward Snowden has outsmarted the smartest guys in the echo chamber -- and he has proceeded with the kind of moral clarity that U.S. officials seem to find unfathomable.

Bipartisan condemnations of Snowden are escalating from Capitol Hill and the Obama administration. More of the NSA’s massive surveillance program is now visible in the light of day -- which is exactly what it can’t stand.

The central issue is our dire shortage of democracy. How can we have real consent of the governed when the government is entrenched with extreme secrecy, surveillance and contempt for privacy?

The same government that continues to expand its invasive dragnet of surveillance, all over the United States and the rest of the world, is now asserting its prerogative to drag Snowden back to the USA from anywhere on the planet. It’s not only about punishing him and discouraging other potential whistleblowers. Top U.S. officials are also determined to -- quite literally -- silence Snowden’s voice, as Bradley Manning’s voice has been nearly silenced behind prison walls.

The sunshine of information, the beacon of principled risk-takers, the illumination of government actions that can’t stand the light of day -- these correctives are anathema to U.S. authorities who insist that really informative whistleblowers belong in solitary confinement. A big problem for those authorities is that so many people crave the sunny beacons of illumination.


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I've sid it before,

I'll say it again...Edward Snowdon is not Bradly Manning. Nowhere near it. Bradly Manning is a true American hero. Gagged, imprisoned, tortured for reveling the truth about the dirty war in Iraq.
What exactly has Snowdon "reveled"? That the US government spies on it's people? We all know this...anyone who reads the Facebook small print knows this.
He has reveled that the US spies on other countries...enemies as well as friends...so what...spies have been at work since day dot. Espionage is nothing new.
We all know about the massive 2 billion dollar spy center built in the Utah dessert, can google pictures of it
read articles about it....with all the information we have about the methods the government has for spying on us, why are we so outraged that they use it to their full advantage.
What exactly has Snowdon reveled? Nothing!
The question is.... what is being hidden behind the Snowdon smoke screen? All out war with Syria? Another executive order? Another clamp down on rights?
Most whistles are blown using hot air...and I think this is the case here....hot air.

Didn't We All Know Iraq Was A Dirty War?

The only difference between Snowden and Manning is Manning got caught and is locked up. They both revealed important information to the public. They both are HEROES. It seems Snowden did a better job about thinking the process through than Manning.

I keep asking, but no-one will answer..

WHAT did Snowdon revel??


He probably reveled after he escaped right from under their noses. I know I would! Big time.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

actualy, no you wouldn't!

if the NSA spy project was THAT efficient you wouldn't have time to back out your driveway. Think about it

much more was kept hidden than revealed

Snowden said himself he chose only to show the hypocrisy of the US government for calling for open internet and not to spy on their own people to mainly China and Russia.

The only thing Snowden has really done is embarrass the intelligence community and the US government. Now, two question's I find more important at the moment is, does Snowden have information that could be damaging or did he have the leisure enough to pre-select beforehand and, how did he decide which information that he was going to take?

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
I love www.isidewith.com shared it with everyone I know. If anything they realize its not just a red and blue idiot running for reelection.

Snowden has done a lot more than embarras the ICommunity.

Snowden has shown that ANY NUMBER of people can do the same, either openly like he has, or discretely like many others MAY HAVE ALREADY DONE, and I would bet probably have.

Snowden isn't a dummy, and he isn't acting alone, and the bad guys are in a battle and can do NOTHING but discredit him and Greenwald.

They have absolutely nothing to offer but the same deception they have been selling.

Jest my opine 'ya know. But I think getting this word out puts the burden on US. The MSM is CORRUPT and we have a great chance to expose it.

the post about sociopaths is a good one.

I was going to make the point that this incident revolving around Snowden really goes to show how deep into an authoritarian government.

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
I love www.isidewith.com shared it with everyone I know. If anything they realize its not just a red and blue idiot running for reelection.

The third leg of the stool

The third leg of the stool has been chopped off. Full spectrum dominance and control through a super secret surveillance police state was Exposed. The damage done by Snowden is almost incalculable. My estimate of damage is in the trillions.

idk about that

If anything it is probably only embarrassing and will save some money since they have to pull the spider-web out of the deep trenches of the internet's backbones.. outside of the country that is. The method they used to hack is not a big secret. It's most likely been done long before the patriot act. The problem is that the backbones inside of the country will likely be checked by the companies that own them. Odds are that they won't even notice that the NSA's hacks if these are even still there in the first place.

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
I love www.isidewith.com shared it with everyone I know. If anything they realize its not just a red and blue idiot running for reelection.

How To Spot A Sociopath

An article by Mike Adams

A few key points:

Sociopaths are charming

Sociopaths are incapable of feeling shame, guilt or remorse

Sociopaths seek to dominate others and "win" at all costs

Sociopaths tend to be highly intelligent

Sociopaths never apologize

You cannot reason with a sociopath

Sociopaths never answer facts; they always attack the messenger


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Liberty bump!

This is a POWERFUL editorial. Thanks for sharing. I passed it along to my group.

Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.


Thank you for passing it around brother in Liberty.
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