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Thu May 29, 2014, 07:08 PM


A post to my friend on FB in response to his comments about Snowden.

You know I love you.

I have to disagree with you on your conclusion Snowden is a coward. He gave up his ENTIRE, VERY COMFORTABLE LIFE to expose the rabid spying that our government perpetrates upon us.

Exposing that has caused a world-wide discussion about government spying and has inspired bills that will, if passed into laws, protect us from the same sort of data gathering used by the Nazis to identify the Jews, Roma, Polish and, yes, Gays. These data were later used to round up and exterminate people who were thought to be antithetical to the state. YES! the same sort of data collected to separate "patriots" from people who were deemed dissidents - like us queer folks.

Snowden tried his best to hand the data over to organizations that, in the past, served as protectors of our rights in concert with the real meaning of the 1st Amendment. The Washington Post was brave and pivotal in our understanding of the Vietnam War through publishing the Pentagon Papers that Daniel Ellsberg exposed. Oh yep, that was illegal too in case you may have not noticed.

Not so much these days as we've seen that the Post and NYT have become a puppet for the government propaganda under people like Judith Miller. Also very afraid and reluctant to publish anything really critical of the government.

After 9/11 the "news" organizations have largely been cowed to toe the corporate news or be shunned by an overwhelming set of people who proclaim to believe in "democracy" and "representative" government but don't, at all, practice what they preach.

Snowden is a PATRIOT. NOT a Benedict Arnold OR COWARD. He's quite brave to have put his life in danger. In danger it is. Off the cuff comments by our politicians and the administrators of the NSA make it quite clear they'd like to silence his voice by killing him. That is certainly at odds with our founders' intention.

Also note that the only person who has served jail time in exposing the horrors in Abu Ghrab was the person who EXPOSED our use of torture. Not a single one of the people who actually used torture in your name and my name.

The response to my post and arguments on his thread - crickets. Not a single post to argue against my points.

Facts are a curious thing. They do tend to support the views of liberals in the common light of day.

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