Yeah, the whole NSA spy truth is not nice. It’s not cute. Some folks are suspicious. But there is no denying that Edward Snowden has changed the world with some very unpleasant truth about NSA. Let’s see, has he lied to millions of people in order to invade other countries and destroy thousands of lives? I haven’t seen a news report of that yet. Let’s see, did Chelsea Manning kill the people in the Collateral Murder video and LAUGH about it? No. Manning felt compelled to share that reality. Oh and the whole “It’s all ‘good’ because it’s a war” justification of that killing piece just doesn’t fly. There are rules of engagement. Some folks only apply the rules to the behavior of others and not their own. Yeah, well, I’m not buying that shtick. Whistle-blowing is a dangerous business. Just ask Karen Silkwood. Oh, we can’t. She’s dead.
From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Edward Snowden voted Guardian person of the year 2013
Mark Rice-Oxley, Leila Haddou and Frances Perraudin
Monday 9 December 2013 12.44 GMT
For the second year in a row, a young American whistleblower alarmed at the unfettered and at times cynical deployment of power by the world’s foremost superpower has been voted the Guardian‘s person of the year.
Edward Snowden, who leaked an estimated 200,000 files that exposed the extensive and intrusive nature of phone and internet surveillance and intelligence gathering by the US and its western allies, was the overwhelming choice of more than 2,000 people who voted.
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