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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:55 AM

33. I have to disagree.

" ... any revelations about the personal life, opinions and proclivities of Greenwald, Snowden or for that matter Obama, Roosevelt or ANYONE is irrelevant."

There are many times when such revelations give one a different perspective of a man's words, behavior, motives - as well as ideals and principles.

I am certainly not talking about such trivia as a preference for Coke over Pepsi. And I am never interested in anyone's sex life.

There have been times when my knowing a bit of someone's background - someone I had previously viewed extremely negatively - softened my view of them, and reminded me that they are just flawed human beings, like the rest of us.

When someone like Snowden makes very serious allegations about how the gov't has easy access to our personal information - including that of the president - and then fails to provide proof of those allegations, there is no other course open to an interested citizenry than to judge the credibility of what he is saying by finding out just WHO this particular messenger is. There was no other way to assess whether his message was to be believed or dismissed as the ravings of a mad man - or perhaps something in between.

If you can't prove what you've said, I have to take you at your word - and I can only do that if it can be shown that you ARE a man of your word.

When I'm told I can't go behind THAT curtain, when I am told that what's behind that curtain is, in its entirety, irrelevant, I become increasingly convinced that the messenger, and everything he has said, is suspect.



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