Snowden on potential charges, trial and additional future leaks:
Snowden on Obama:
---------- Democracy Now! had a very good segment, Glenn Greenwald: As Obama Makes "False" Surveillance Claims, Snowden Risks Life to Spark NSA Debate, yesterday concerning the NSA spying debate in general and Obama's statements defending the legality of the actions taken. As Obama's ratings for being "honest and trustworthy" go into free-fall, The Guardian's world famous investigative reporter, civil-rights commentator, and former constitutional lawyer, Glenn Greenwald, had this to say about the President:
I’m staggered by how deceitful and misleading that claim is from President Obama. It’s actually worse than just misleading and deceitful; it’s just outright false.See Greenwald's column in yesterdays Guardian for more detail on why the claims of the President are misleading or false:
In the column, Greenwald points out that when pundits like New York Times columnist and Iraqi War proponent Tom Friedman tell Americans "
Many of us may know somebody overseas who we phone, email or text, and some of us have relatives from Iran or other middle-eastern countries who regularly do so. It only takes a "suspicion" to target these communications.
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Please read the rest of William Pitt's plea. I would only add that I do give a damn about Ritter, and Snowden as well, just as I would give a damn about anyone who sticks their neck out to tell important truths and is then subsequently targeted, entrapped or demonized by powers interested in suppressing the truth and information needed for a functional democracy.
Check out DN!'s related video:
From the video:
CHRIS HEDGES: Well, what we’re really having a debate about is whether or not we’re going to have a free press left or not. If there are no Snowdens, if there are no Mannings, if there are no Assanges, there will be no free press. And if the press—and let’s not forget that Snowden gave this to The Guardian. This was filtered through a press organization in a classic sort of way whistleblowers provide public information about unconstitutional, criminal activity by their government to the public. So the notion that he’s just some individual standing up and releasing stuff over the Internet is false.But more importantly, what he has exposed essentially shows that anybody who reaches out to the press to expose fraud, crimes, unconstitutional activity, which this clearly appears to be, can be traced and shut down. And that’s what’s so frightening. So, we are at a situation now, and I speak as a former investigative reporter for The New York Times, by which any investigation into the inner workings of government has become impossible. That’s the real debate.
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CHRIS HEDGES: Well, we’re talking about the death of a free press, the death of a civil society. This is far beyond a reasonable debate. We make the East German Stasi state look like the Boy Scouts. And if we don’t wrest back this power for privacy, for the capacity to investigate what our power elite is doing, I think we can essentially say our democracy has been snuffed out.----------
Some History on Surveillance Since theBush Administration: Total Information Awareness.
A decade ago, a Pentagon research project called "Total Information Awareness" sparked a mass panic because of its seemingly Orwellian interest in categorizing and mining every aspect of our digital lives. It was "the supersnoop's dream," declared William Safire of the , a "computerized dossier on your private life from commercial sources, [combined with] every piece of information that government has about you...."
If this sounds reminiscent of the current uproar over NSA surveillance, you're paying attention. That's because the NSA monitoring tools are very similar to -- and, in many cases are directly based on -- the technology that Total Information Awareness (TIA) tried to use. . . . .