Late Night: Banana Republic

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 8:00 pm

The most delicious piece of schadenfreude of the whole episode was, and remains, that Snowden has handily discredited each and every “liberal hawk” that has, like a moth to a flame, leapt to smear him.

By protesting entirely too much, they have drawn long overdue attention to their own epic wrongness on everything that matters since Sept. 11, 2001.

Join me in chipping in to keep FDL running; it’s worth it.


Email Released by US Intelligence to Undermine Snowden’s Claims About Going Through Channels—But Does It?

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 3:00 pm

The Office of Director for National Intelligence has published an email between National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and the NSA’s Office of General Counsel. The email exchange was reported by NBC News last night during the network’s exclusive interview with Snowden.

The email indicates that Snowden had a question about a training course he was taking. He questioned the “hierarchy of governing authorities and documents” that applied to government surveillance.

NBC News Confirms Attempt by Edward Snowden to Go Through Channels at NSA

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 9:52 am

One major argument from critics of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been that he did not go through “proper channels” in government before taking documents on top secret surveillance programs and providing them to journalists. But, during NBC News’ exclusive interview with Snowden, the network indicated that it was able to confirm Snowden had made at least one attempt to go through channels and the network is in the process of obtaining records showing other complaints were made to superiors.

Edward Snowden Gives Prime Time Interview Defending Whistleblowing

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 6:40 am

Last night an interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden conducted by NBC News Anchor Brian Williams aired in prime time on NBC. In the hour long broadcast Snowden addressed questions ranging from the details of NSA programs being used against Americans, being trapped in Russia, and why he felt the duty to blow the whistle on the NSA’s controversial activities.

Why Snowden Won’t, As Kerry Jingoistically Put It, ‘Man Up’ & ‘Trust the American Justice System’

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 5:00 pm

Ahead of an exclusive interview with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to air tonight on NBC, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on two morning network news programs Kerry jingoistically scolded Snowden for being in Russia and declared that he needed to “man up” and return to the United States, especially if he thinks he is a “patriot.”

“Let him come back and make his case. The fact is that, you know, he should if he cares so much about America and he believes in America he should trust in the American system of justice,” Kerry declared on “The Today Show” on NBC.

Weekend Photoshop: Michael Kinsley Illustrated

By: Sunday May 25, 2014 3:46 pm

“I think it’s high time we dealt with this Snowden go-between, this self-righteous sourpuss Glenn Greenwald…”

The Washington Post’s ‘Fear-Driven Approach’ to NSA Files Infuriated Snowden

By: Sunday May 25, 2014 8:15 am

When National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden was working to convince journalists to cover NSA documents he taken with him to expose evidence of dragnet warrantless surveillance, he was especially frustrated with one media organization, which has actually received recognition for its work on the NSA files: The Washington Post.

The House of Representatives Validated Edward Snowden

By: Friday May 23, 2014 8:24 am

On its merits it is a pretty bad bill. The bill was gutted at the last minute, making it only a shade of what was originally proposed. But the fact that Congress even felt the need to vote for a plan to “reform” the NSA is a validation of Edward Snowden.

Pentagon’s ‘Damage’ Report Fixates on Potential Harm From Snowden That May Never Occur

By: Thursday May 22, 2014 2:10 pm

Journalist Jason Leopold obtained a “heavily redacted” report that was prepared in December by the Pentagon on the “damage” caused by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosures. The government refused to not censor any portion of the report that might describe specific details related to allegations of “damage.”

Former Top NSA Lawyer Says He Didn’t Want to Be Bothered by Tom Drake’s Concerns About Warrantless Wiretapping

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 8:58 am

Former National Security Agency deputy general counsel Vito Potenza asserted if an employee had come to him with concerns about the constitutionality of dragnet warrantless surveillance, which was intercepting the communications of Americans after 9/11, he would not have listened. In October 2001, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake spoke with one of the top lawyers in [...]

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