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Snowden: “That whole question — who elected you inverts the model,” he said. “They elected me. The overseers.”

Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplished

By Barton Gellman | Washington Post | Monday, December 23

“I am not trying to bring down the NSA, I am working to improve the NSA,” he said. “I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don’t realize it.”
What entitled Snowden, now 30, to take on that responsibility?
“That whole question — who elected you? — inverts the model,” he said. “They elected me. The overseers.”
He named the chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees.
“Dianne Feinstein elected me when she asked softball questions” in committee hearings, he said. “Mike Rogers elected me when he kept these programs hidden. . . . The FISA court elected me when they decided to legislate from the bench on things that were far beyond the mandate of what that court was ever intended to do. The system failed comprehensively, and each level of oversight, each level of responsibility that should have addressed this, abdicated their responsibility.”
“It wasn’t that they put it on me as an individual — that I’m uniquely qualified, an angel descending from the heavens — as that they put it on someone, somewhere,” he said. “You have the capability, and you realize every other [person] sitting around the table has the same capability but they don’t do it. So somebody has to be the first.”

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It was on TV. It must be true.

All rights reserved and no rights waived.

Thank you Edward Snowden!


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Information Business Owners will Lead the Way

They have the concern, resources, and know-how to protect their "baby".

The industry’s response, Smith acknowledged, was driven by a business threat. U.S. companies could not afford to be seen as candy stores for U.S. intelligence. But the principle of the thing, Smith said, “is fundamentally about ensuring that customer data is turned over to governments pursuant to valid legal orders and in accordance with constitutional principles.”

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It's like a bad movie script

Language is an amazing thing. With the right words you can get otherwise rational people to believe and support anything/anyone. The reality is, Edward Snowden has revealed exactly nothing in a year of being a "whistleblower". The guy is a showman and he says the words people like to hear. It doesn't even matter that he hasn't actually done anything.

He's Brilliant and Right

The reality is, he was only a whistleblower for a brief moment, not a "year." What happened is that he created an atmosphere where the enemy revealed itself over the past year.

The ripple effect of investigations into previously known crimes, has also given cover to others to come forward to report additional ones.

Ron Paul was trumpeting the same information about abuses, and very few in power listened: he didn't have the proof (or could not reveal it without breaking the law), and they didn't fear him, enough, to panic. They shut down his access to the MSM.

Snowden's showmanship was brilliant. By giving up the information to the MSM all at once, going to other countries for asylum, and generally dragging out the process of revelations by letting the press use their own judgement, he managed not to get killed or kidnapped, and to allow the public to gradually understand that the NSA and the bureaucrats they represent are not all-powerful, that they can be reined in, that the politicians in charge were lying and irresponsible, and for the whole public perception about all of it to shift from shallow (drama queen) accusations of "traitor" to a discussion of the real issues.

All while showing no particular desire of being in the spotlight, unlike Assange or Kokesh or any one of a number of agitators we can think of. There's no question he's operating from principle.

Don't let the subtlety and precision of his quiet technique fool you into thinking he "hasn't done anything." It's chess, not boxing.

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Mike is probably correct.

Tell ya' what Mike

You pull off what the "Snowman" did and let's see hoe you evade the most ruthless, murderous nation on earth.

No. Better yet. Go pull a list of the doc's he leaked then tell us where they were already made public.

They've called him a traitor, a drop out, a criminal,

a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison.

When in fact, Edward Snowden has been a gentleman, a patriot, a humanitarian, a genius, a master strategist and above all more American than ANY of his critics and enemies -- Up to an including this disloyal, anti-American, relativist, amoral, murderous, sociopathic, psychopathic liar we call our president.

Even Hitler's actions do not warrant a diagnosis of psychopathy as he was not always egocentric, callously disregarding of feelings or lacking impulse control, and that there is no proof he couldn't learn from mistakes—though he did show several characteristics of criminality.

Don't forget

He is a Ron Paul supporter!

The government is making a colossal public relations mistake.

The administration becomes the forgiving hero to the world, if they simply pardon this one guy.

The media has already forgotten the three year torture of Bradly Manning and the drone execution of the 16 year old boy from Denver Co.

Obama can instantly change his badly besmirched avatar with the benevolent stroke of a pen.

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

Can you please post a link to this article


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The author, Barton Gellman

writes for the Washington Post, I think.

I found it

“For me, in terms of personal

“For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished,” he said. “I already won. As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”

“All I wanted was for the public to be able to have a say in how they are governed,” he said. “That is a milestone we left a long time ago. Right now, all we are looking at are stretch goals.”

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you need to link original authors, not copy txt & hotlink imgs

unless you want the DP to be sued.

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There's a guy I can actually respect...

it's a new feeling...to respect someone this much.


Edward Snowden

This is one of the best articles I have ever read. I count Snowden as one of my great patriot heroes.



With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

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If Liberty survives, our children and our grandchildren will

read about Edward Snowden and Ron Paul as two of the greatest patriots of our time.

If Liberty perishes, they will be erased from history.

Google is government.



With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

Same here

If shit hits the fan and we have to rebuild, I hope most look back at him like we do John Hancock now.

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

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