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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-31-13 09:34 AM
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Eugene Robinson: We should thank Edward Snowden
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Edited on Wed Jul-31-13 09:37 AM by No Elephants
Eugene Robinson: We should thank Edward Snowden


Edward Snowdens renegade decision to reveal the jaw-dropping scope of the National Security Agencys electronic surveillance is being vindicated -- even as Snowden himself is being vilified.

Intelligence officials in the Obama administration and their allies on Capitol Hill paint the fugitive analyst as nothing but a traitor who wants to harm the United States. M
any of those same officials grudgingly acknowledge, however, that public debate about the NSAs domestic snooping is now unavoidable.

This would be impossible if Snowden -- or someone like him -- hadnt spilled the beans. We wouldnt know that the NSA is keeping a database of all our phone calls. We wouldnt know that the government gets the authority to keep track of our private communications -- even if we are not suspected of terrorist activity or associations -- from secret judicial orders issued by a secret court based on secret interpretations of the law.

Snowden, of course, is hardly receiving the thanks of a grateful nation. He has spent the last five weeks trapped in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport outside Moscow. Russian officials, who wont send him home for prosecution, wish he would move along. But he fears that if he takes off for one of the South American countries that have offered asylum, he risks being intercepted en route and extradited. Its a tough situation, and time is not on his side.

You can cheer Snowdens predicament or you can bemoan it. But even some of the NSAs fiercest defenders have admitted, if not in so many words, that Snowden performed a valuable public service.

I hope that the freaking Nobel Committee will give a Nobel Peace Prize to each of Manning and Snowden.

I'm guessing Caroline "close NY schools tomorrow because my son didn't do his homework tonight" Kennedy will not be giving either of them a Profiles in Courage award.
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