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  •  Including those in office..... (1+ / 0-)
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    lotlizard

    Seriously, I was never that big on "privacy rights".  I don't particularly care if law enforcement has especially broad powers to be able to find and investigate actual criminals.  I think it's sometimes too hard to get warrants, and that when there are mistakes made by law enforcement, courts are too quick to throw out otherwise valid evidence.  I don't like to see criminals get off on technicalities.  

    On all of this I probably have a somewhat different view then someone like Glenn Greenwald.  I don't understand though, why anyone would want to go after Greenwald for merely doing a reporter's job.  Even if you disagree with him, does he not have a right to his opinion?  And does he not have a right to report facts that he has learned from Snowden?  Has any jounalist ever been charged prior to this administration for reporting information provided by a whistleblower?

    Moreover, I don't understand the disregard for the blatant abuses of power that we are seeing in the way they are going after people like Snowden, Manning, Greenwald, Assange, and many other whisleblowers and journalists.  If you think these people comitted crimes, then go after them through ordinary legal means.  But that's not what we're seeing.  If Greenwald has done something wrong, charge him.  If he is in possession of something illegal, get a warrant.  

    The overall pattern of abuses here is the likes of which we haven't seen since the days of J. Edgar Hoover or at least Richard Nixon.  

    When one looks at the trumped up charges that have been filed against people like Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou, the clearly extra-judicial treatment of Bradley Manning, the record number of espionage cases brought by Eric Holder, the clearly fraudulent "rape" charges trumped up against Assange, and now this.....

    This is a case of abuse by the UK government, not the US, but it needs to be asked who was behind it.  Even if one isn't disturbed by the scope of NSA surveillance, or it's questionable legal rationale, the system's response to these disclosures ought to be evidence enough that the national security aparatus has run amok, in both the US and the UK.  

    Frankly it brings to mind Daniel Ellsberg.  Ellsberg was charged with a crime for his disclosures.  The only reason the charges were dismissed, was that blatant violations of the law by the Nixon administration had so poluted the trail of evidence as to make it impossible to give him a fair trial.  

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