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View Diary: To my fellow Obamab*ts - Snowden/Greenwald bashing is Missing the Point (318 comments)

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  •  Shoot the messenger (12+ / 0-)

    I can see arguments pro and con for at least some aspects of this survillance, I can see debating whether or not Snowden or Manning or others deserve whistleblower protection, whether they performed a legitimate public service or revealed more than they should have.  

    I can't really see going after the journalists for reporting it.  I'm amazed how many people, even here, want to shoot the messenger.  

    I also really can't see supporting the seemingly extra-legal ways some of the these whistleblowers and journalists are being attacked.  There seems to be a pattern here, from the abusive treatment of Manning, to the seemingly trumped up charges against Assange, to the abuse of an anti-terror law to go after Greenwald's partner.  

    We may need strong security measures in order to defend against the potential for terrorism, or other crimes.  We can debate that.  But the evidence is mounting that the current national security aparatus is out of control and thinks it is above the law.  That's how they seem to be operating.  

    The state in it's treatment of Manning, Snowden, Assange, and Greenwald, is showing exactly why it can't be trusted with this kind of power.  


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