Snowden, Merkel, Obama, and King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

By: Monday January 20, 2014 3:21 pm

President Obama has said that Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is a favorite of his, but again and again, he seems not to understand what King was saying.

Edward Snowden and Angela Merkel are giving him an opportunity to reread it and try once more to get the point.

Elite Historian Acts as Gatekeeper of Liberalism, Attempts to Discredit Assange, Greenwald & Snowden

By: Monday January 20, 2014 7:55 am

Few personify the death of the liberal class in the United States like writer and historian Sean Wilentz, which is why it is baffling to read an entire polemical essay from him in The New Republic on why liberals should recognize that Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden “despise the liberal state” and aim to “wound” it through leaks.

More on the Press and the Question of Torture in the Army Field Manual

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 6:47 am

“Torture is immoral under all circumstances.  It represents an extreme and shocking form of violating the human person.  Like slavery, genocide and rape, it is never justified.”

Snowden Critics Legitimize Government Propaganda When They Police Stories Based on His Leaks

By: Thursday January 9, 2014 5:00 pm

On the same day that President Obama met with lawmakers and White House counsel Kate Ruemmler met with civil liberties groups to discuss National Security Agency reforms, the chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence (HSCI) decided to give the media a taste of what a classified Pentagon report on Edward Snowden.

HSCI Chair Mike Rogers leaked just enough details to promote fear around what files the NSA whistleblower may have taken. “This report confirms my greatest fears — Snowden’s real acts of betrayal place America’s military men and women at greater risk. Snowden’s actions are likely to have lethal consequences for our troops in the field,” Rogers said in a statement.

The Case Against Clemency for Snowden Involves Prioritizing Secrecy ‘Oaths’ Over Truth-Telling

By: Sunday January 5, 2014 9:00 am

A column on why former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden should not be granted clemency—and will not be given clemency—was written by Slate’s Fred Kaplan on January 3. It quickly became regarded as a sharp well-argued rebuttal to The New York Times’ editorial, which labeled Snowden a whistleblower and urged President Barack Obama to show him leniency so he could come back to the United States.

Late Night: It Takes A Village

By: Thursday January 2, 2014 8:00 pm

One of the most infuriating sideshows of the holiday week(s) was a column by even-the-liberal Ruth Marcus of the WaPoo, which said, in the requisite 700 words such hacks are allotted, “Edward Snowden is a big, fat, poopyhead.”  No, really, that’s what her argument boiled down to.

Glenn Greenwald Keynotes 30th Chaos Communication Congress [Updated]

By: Friday December 27, 2013 10:31 am

Glenn Greenwald headlines the 30th Chaos Communication Congress today in Hamburg, Germany.

Snowden, in Letter to Brazil, Says NSA Programs Were Never About Terrorism But About Power

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 1:05 pm

“These programs were never about terrorism: they’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power,” says Snowden.

Snowden: 2013 Was Year People From Indianapolis to Indonesia Realized Dragnet Surveillance No Mark of Progress

By: Thursday December 12, 2013 4:35 pm

One hundred individuals named “Leading Global Thinkers of 2013″ by Foreign Policy magazine were honored last night at a reception event in Washington, DC.

Former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden was designated by the magazine as one of this year’s leading thinkers on the issue of surveillance. Journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, advocate and attorney for whistleblowers, Jesselyn Radack, Senator Ron Wyden and Brazil president Dilma Rousseff were also designated as “Leading Global Thinkers.”

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