There is already a campaign underway to paint Snowden, Greenfield & Assange in the same political colors.
The last reformation of the NSA was brought about 40 years ago by whistle-blowers who broke into a government office building and removed sensitive files.
Pleading to any kind of reduced charge on Snowden's part would be a cop-out and unseemly. Obama should grant him executive clemency -- there are too many hardliners in the military-intelligence community who consider him the USA's most damaging spy ever and feel that he has to be made an example of.
Of course, giving him the Nobel Peace Prize would piss-off America enough to throw Norway out of NATO!
Yesterday, Edward Snowden was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by two Norwegian politicians. Snowden's story is still being told, so its cultural significance has not yet been determined, but I do find this nomination to be notable because it provides an alternative to the narrative being promoted by the US government.
At 9am and called him a thug and and said he should be charged for threatening murder and thrown out of Congress. After saying I wasn't a constituent they hung up on me. Brooklyn manners, typical.
This was a disgrace and the capitol police should press charges. This guy needs anger management at the least and benzodiazapines at worst.
His scared and humble response was such a crock later in the day. CNN is playing a tape this morning where he asks CNN not to play the footage!
There are good politicians but they are the 10% for sure.
"Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation."
- Henry A. Kissinger
After the POTUS' SOTU address last night, there was some high drama involving a Republican Congressperson and a representative of the media that played out on the balcony of the US Capitol building, and wouldn't you know it, there were cameras rolling:
While Obama will try to salvage some of his presidency this evening nothing eventful is going to happen except what he can do himself without the approval of an obstructionist Congress. He may take the opportunity to fire up his base for mid-term elections and 2016. Lord knows his ideas are certainly worthwhile. The middle-class is like a boat collapsing in the middle with people hanging on to either side. There is a lot of poor people freezing in the cold this year, one 20 miles from me.
But what brings a soul-less rage to my mind is the inability to effect change by basic Americans. The damn right to vote is under attack in almost every red state. And that is if you believe the power of the ballot would ever change anything in a two party system. In effect, this two-party system draws off the people who would otherwise be the capable ones in effecting some real change.
The Supreme Court rearranges the Constitution and Bill of Rights like pieces on a chess board according to how the winds are blowing. There are good people in this country but very few have the power or cojones like Ed Snowden to effect even a ripple of change in the abomination that is and has been American foreign and domestic policy.
I'm tuning out the ritual of the State of the Union tonight. I already know the state:
Wow, thanks for the quote RL. Never was much into Yoko but this one blew me away! I'll have to try the meditation some time (as long as the tuna is dolphin-free!)
'Imagine one thousand suns in the
sky at the same time.
Let them shine for one hour.
Then, let them gradually melt
into the sky.
Make one tunafish sandwich and eat.'
by Yoko Ono
A verse for the new century. Still, my soul is with John Lennon on top of Mt. Royal in Montreal
(site for famous anti-war protest around 1970)
that pretty much says it all, great lyrics.