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Cal
- 391 days ago - alternet.org
The seemingly endless "war on terror" has made government hostility to openness part of America's permanent wartime mentality.



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Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 5:09 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 6:21 pm
Thank you for keeping us informed.
 

Sheila D. (24)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 7:13 pm
Thanks for the article, Cal.
 

Jason S. (57)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 7:35 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

John S. (297)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 3:04 am
Actually, Dwight Eisenhower’s Farewell Address warning as about the military–industrial–congressional complex and it's the congressional part of the equation is the real problem but often gets overlooked.
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 4:31 am
noted, thanks Cal
 

lee e. (114)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 8:57 am
and we're supposed to believe that Snowden had other options available to him to provide Congress, or a "superior" at NSA etc etc with proof of unconstitutional acts of spying on us - really? Where would he go? We're asked to denounce his actions and are to be questioning his integrity because he seeks asylum within a country that isn't an ally, while the US is asking him to stand in front of the firing squad of the entire US military?
This article only supports more suspicions I've already had - it'll take a long while before I have "trust" in this country again - trust is something EARNED!
 

lee e. (114)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 8:59 am
Oops got thrown off - Big brother is watching you - as might be your neighbor or co-worker -- frightening indeed - seems like Nazi Germany or fascist Italy more than it does "democratic US"!
 

Carol D. (104)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 1:52 pm
Noted thanks
 

Jaime A. (32)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 3:12 pm
Noted, thanks.!
 

jan b. (3)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 3:28 pm
Snowden ran away with OUR secrets....he's a cowardly, egomanic traitor.
 

Twyla Sparks (208)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 4:04 pm
noted.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 4:34 pm
I would only advocate treason depending on what he revealed in advance to the Russians and Chinese and whether the information revealed compromised the lives of American troops; sensitive R&D projects; launch codes or actual national security. If it was along the same lines as Assange and Manning revealed then no he shouldn't be tried for treason. In fact the cases against Assange and Manning should be dropped.
 

Sara V. (0)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 5:21 pm
If Snowden were a spy for another country, he would not have told the public what the government is doing. He would have sold information to his "employers" and sat back to enjoy life in Hawaii some more. No, he is risking his life to make us aware of reality.

It speaks volumes that he is seeking refuge in the locations he has - there is no rule of law here any longer. This is not our old republic, this is an authoritarian police state. Speak out against it at your peril - http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/san-diego-man-faces-prison-time-chalk-sidewalk-article-1.1384525, but we all must. The alternative is too ugly to contemplate for our children. We now have an opportunity and a choice to make.
 

Winn Adams (190)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 5:52 pm
Noted
 

Carol Dreeszen (366)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 10:07 pm
If our government was not as corrupt as it is no one would ever have to worry about anyone "tattling" on them! As it is our government is THE most corrupt government in the world I swear!! What Snowden did he did as an American who cares what is going on in our country and KNOWS that it's wrong...too bad many others do not see it that way! I wish him only well and a long life to enjoy it!
 

Carmen S. (607)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 3:18 pm
thanks Cal
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 5:23 pm
Yes, it is sad that America has come to this. Such is the case in upside-down land. Many of us got the clue when Bush created Homeland Security and Czars (remember them?). The Patriot Act was the most unpatriotic thing since SCOTUS appointed Bush. Now, we have the equivalent of a Stasi. Journalists are being called traitors and aiders & abettors. The mainstream Sunday media has the likes of David Gregory questioning the journalism of Glenn Greenwald. David Gregory! What a joke.
Meanwhile, an Australian publisher sits in a tiny Ecuadoran Embassy in London biding his time, hoping that one day he will see sunshine again. And the media is happy with their new take on "Where's Waldo?" looking for Ed Snowden. I wish that hero much luck and commend his actions.
 
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