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The lies of Hillary Clinton about Edward Snowden

Beltway pundits love sports. Who’s up or down matters, not substance. No surprise then that no pundit mentioned Hillary Clinton’s disgusting response to Anderson Cooper’s jejune question about what to do about dear Edward Snowden, traitor or hero (no admirer … Continue reading

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“Post-terror” world, my fanny

Boy, we sure love personalities, don’t we? Musicians, actors, politicians, even traitors (to quote Dana Perino) like Edward Snowden, who has never stopped being the story about the American surveillance state. Very well. Let’s recap what we learned from the … Continue reading

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Out to get you: Citizenfour

Hours of explanation regarding how the National Security Administration spies on Americans with the collaboration of European allies. Nervous eye flickers as the Hong Kong hotel in which he’s hiding holds a fire drill. He has to plug the room … Continue reading

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‘You’re not patriotic just because you back whoever’s in power today or their policies’

Edward Snowden, whom Charles Pierce calls the International Man of Luggage, talks to The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen. Too lengthy to excerpt, it covers the iPhone 6’s encryption measures (done after the tech companies learned what … Continue reading

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“People talk about things that they shouldn’t have done as if it’s no big deal because nobody expects any consequences.”

A couple days ago The Guardian published the transcript of an interview with Edward Snowden. The way in which he summarizes fourteen months of revelations is itself a resource from which we’ll be quoting for years. Included is this reminder … Continue reading

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“Spying, like censorship, affects all of us to the extent it shapes who holds power and what ideas hold sway”

“I have nothing to hide,” we’ve heard from those in both parties indifferent to the NSA revelations of Edward Snowden and published by The Guardian, Washington Post, among other newspapers. Julian Sanchez explains it slowly: Privileged folks like Ben and … Continue reading

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“NSA staffers don’t quite comprehend how much perceptions of the agency have changed.”

Daniel Drezner has a must-read account of his visit to the NSA and its efforts to function in a post-Snowden environment. Unique in that it gets oversight from three branches of government, the NSA has nevertheless functioned as if its … Continue reading

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“Fundamentally, Hong Kong remains an oasis of freedom compared to the mainland”

How depressing: Edward Snowden thought he had more speech protection in Hong Kong than in his own country. But the city has an unusual relationship with the rest of China: The local government’s extradition treaty with the U.S. allows either … Continue reading

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