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Ecuador to accept Snowden, offers U.S. 23 mil for 'human rights education'

(Reuters) Ecuador said on Thursday it was waiving preferential rights under a U.S. trade agreement to demonstrate its principled approach to the asylum request of former American spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

BREAKING: Obama administration for more than two years permitted the National Security Agency to continue collecting vast amounts of records detailing the email and internet usage of Americans. - Latest from Glenn Greenwald

Officials in Quito added that the U.S. fugitive’s case had still not been processed because he had not reached any of its diplomatic premises.

In a deliberately cheeky touch from the leftist government of President Rafael Correa, Ecuador also offered a multimillion donation for human rights training in the United States.

"Ecuador gives up, unilaterally and irrevocably the said customs benefits…What’s more, Ecuador offers the United States economic aid of $23 million annually, similar to what we received with the trade benefits, with the intention of providing education about human rights…”

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Don 't need the money

Senator McCain should be the one to break the news to Ecuador that the U.S. does not need the money, it has a money machine (Federal Reserve) and can print all the money it needs.
In fact, this is how the U.S. will pay off all its debts, that is why they can spend all they want, they can just print more as needed.
John McCain would make a good messenger for this task.

So horndog Mendez has...

a face to challenge a brave young country for supporting Snowden?
What an asshat.

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
"I know major allies who fund them" Gen. Dempsey referring to ISIS

Spend it wisely US

Spend it wisely US government, and may i be presumptous in suggesting bulk orders of

"freedom and liberty for dummies"

And "Liberty Defined" :)


Ron Paul convert from the Heart of Dixie

Sen Bob Menendez threatened them yesterday

June 26, 2013

"Our government will not reward countries for bad behavior. If Snowden is granted asylum in Ecuador, I will lead the effort to prevent the renewal of Ecuador's duty-free access under GSP and will also make sure there is no chance for renewal of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act. Trade preferences are a privilege granted to nations, not a right. I urge President Correa to do the right thing by the United States and Ecuador, and deny Snowden's request for asylum."



So the CIA is planning

a covert take over of Ecuador?

Why this hero worship

of Ecuador? Is it because, verbally, they are sticking it to the States?
Is it the crowd cheering the "underdog" who pokes sticks at the bully, because they themselves are too chickenshite to do it?
Ecuador never has been, and never will be, a bastion of human rights.
No Human Rights for those who speak out about the hand picked judiciary, and are then punished by them, fast diminishing Rights for journalism, and screw anyone who gets in the way of PetroEcuador...you are less than human, and have been for a long, long time, the ignored,endangered, tribes of the Amazon. A Human Rights catastrophe.
The involvement of Ecuador is not an accident...it is a strategy.

I don't see hero worship

It is just people pointing out the obvious: The U.S.A. is no better than Ecuador, and possibly worse than Ecuador when it comes to human rights. We have torture, secret rendition, indefinite detainment, government sanctioned gun running, extrajudicial assassination, selective enforcement of tax laws against perceived enemies, and selective non-enforcement of criminal laws for the wealthy and politically connected.

Check this out.

Interesting reading and food for thought.

These guys are really having

These guys are really having a great time with this. I am enjoying it, but still pray that these recent patriotic actions will not lead to the demise of those loyal souls who did it. I thought Putin's comment the other day, about shearing a pig was hysterical. These people are showing our President what few friends he has. We have. We need to keep fighting this Monster on the loose.....

I think it'll cost more than

I think it'll cost more than 23 million to re-educate all federal government employees on human rights.

hahahaha - is this really happening?

Is this really happening? Somebody pinch me.

"Villains wear many masks, but none as dangerous as the mask of virtue." - Washington Irvin

The only thing that could make this better

is if he had said Constitutional rights, and not human rights.
Just for the fact that it would illustrate to more people that the government is directly violating our own law.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."

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"Constitutional rights"

"Constitutional rights" sounds as though the Constitution confers rights.

Not to me

It sounds like it recognizes natural rights, and the ensuing irony of Ecuador trying to educate America on it's own Constitution is priceless.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."

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Why not say, "rights the

Why not say, "rights the Constitution guarantees" instead of "Constitutional rights". That would remove any ambiguity.

because its not

as universal, i understand the point though. I don't really understand the big deal it was just my personal opinion on the situation. People are stupid, you've got to dumb things down pretty often.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."

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President Rafael Correa

is a hot-shit

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Could they send some of that money to The Daily Paul?

Best educator of human rights ever !

What if Ecuador became the USA's favorite tourist destination to make up for those trade losses?

If you see something, say something, the government is listening.
Silence isn't golden, it's yellow.

Poll update: Private emails between the senile old Coot

and the rotten Fruit is now at 55%, beating out audio from random phone calls.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox



Ron Paul Was Right

Assange's last interview was with Correa, who welcomed him

Assange's last interview was with Correa, who welcomed him "to the ranks of the persecuted." Meaning, of course, those who are targets of the CIA and the State Department for removal and/or liquidation.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

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Gotta love this move by Ecuador.

Are these funds hush-money for the U.S. to just shut-up about Snowden? Hope so.

Why aren't other nations helping us capture Snowden?

Because we are the bad guys. It is sad, but true. There is no Land of the Free, Home of the Brave anymore.

"...and the land of TV, and

"...and the land of TV, and the home of the slave."

Southern Agrarian

Maybe Bollywood can remake "Red Dawn"

..except it will be "Red, White, and Blue Dawn".

No, no, there are plenty of bad guys; well, scared dupes anyway.

No, no, there are plenty of bad guys; well, scared dupes anyway. I guarantee that, if Snowden were to land in Britain (famous as a place of exile for terrorists, mass murderers, and wanted criminals like the recently liquidated Boris Berezovsky) or Sweden, or Germany, or Italy, or Spain, he would be arrested and turned over to the U.S. authorities for confinement. That's cause they are scared of trade sanctions, even though all those would be illegal under existing WTO agreements.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"


Ecuador offering millions (annually) for human rights training to the "land of the free" that has "constitutional due process protections." Can't make this stuff up...