And to think all this subterfuge was overwhelmingly supported by the Republicans and Democrats alike except one. Russ Feingold of WI was the only legislator who had the guts and foresight to vote against the "Patriot Act". Back then, Conservatives considered Feingold a traitor and a couple years later he lost to a Tea Party candidate. How ironic.
If Snowden is brave, why is he hiding?
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There used to be meaningful security terms and severe punishment for (loose lips). But now anything goes in government. Lies, slander, mysterious deaths of anyone telling the truth. This goes back to Clintons era and before going to the Kennedy era. If you are going to punish this man for exposing things lets continue by punishing Obama for exposing the Seal Team that eliminated Bin Laden. Now days anyone in this administration caught in wrong doing just gets a raise or a better job so lying or coverups aren't needed anyway. Everywhere you look there is people abusing the system with no punishment.
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Snowden bravely pointed out how the government was secretly obtaining information about millions of average citizens. Obama's ratings went down. The "government" got all wrapped up in tough talk, calling it espionage. Snowden should teach ethics and government at Harvard. Obama should be selling hot dogs at Wrigley field.
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To "commenter", I should have clarified to seal the borders from ILLEGAL entry. My ancestors came in legally. If you can't understand the difference, there's no point in having a conversation.
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Be glad the gov't didn't seal the borders when your ancestors were immigrating...ignoramus. No matter how you slice and dice it, the U.S. is a melting pot and will continue to be so. Wrap your head around that and move forward -->
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Maybe Snowden broke the law, but his sacrifice may be our gain. Americans who don't think a government recording everything about it's citizenry is a big deal should ask anyone who escaped from a communist country what he/she thinks of it.
Also, I'll believe they're trying to stop terrorism when they seal the borders. Maybe it's time we take a look at our priorities.
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Ben Franklin pretty much said it all; ”He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.”
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In this day and age - more stringent monitoring is necessary. I can't begin to imagine the types of criminal activities the Gov't has prevented...and it's only going to get worse. The less I know about, the better. If someone wants to listen to me talk about my weekend fishing, mowing the lawn, etc., go right ahead -- I would venture to say that is not the case. Just my two cents...
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How about putting the people he blew the whistle on in prison? We're in the twilight zone in this country where war is peace, fascism is freedom, patriots are terrorists and whistle blowers are traitors. We already knew the government has been spying on us but thanks to brave guys like Snowden who confirm this, we have justification to start the 2nd American revolution and take our country back from the criminal gangster murdering perverts who are currently running this country. What Snowden revealed is just scratching the surface when it comes to the ways we are being spied on. Check those new spiral light bulbs that most people use now. Why is there a stamp on it that says FCC? They literally tried to ban the round light bulb like we all know so well and you should ask why the*****they would do that? Your new dishwasher? Your flat screen TV, your Xbox, the new smart meter! They are all listening to you and watching you!! Think about that the next time you or your kids are changing,
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