Thursday, June 09, 2016


Police State USA

The full episode of VICE on
HBO's 'State of Surveillance'

When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked details of massive government surveillance programs in 2013, he ignited a raging debate over digital privacy and security. That debate came to a head this year, when Apple refused an FBI court order to access the iPhone of alleged San Bernardino Terrorist Syed Farook. Meanwhile, journalists and activists are under increasing attack from foreign agents. To find out the government's real capabilities, and whether any of us can truly protect our sensitive information, VICE founder Shane Smith heads to Moscow to meet the man who started the conversation, Edward Snowden.
I've been conflicted over Snowden from day one. Probably because, historically, it's been  Leftist Democrats, like “Leaky Leahy,Ted Kennedy, and  John Kerry, who've used privileged information against the interests of the country.  The Third Amendment disallows government quartering of troops in our homes, even in time of war. However, today's technology is so advanced (yet still unable to find a President's valid birth certificate)  that, in effect, we have spies quartered in our attics, phones, automobilesyou name it; collecting thoughts, words, deeds, and locations that are placed in our "permanent records."  So, good on him.


Sonoboy said...

Hey, say what you will about Snowden, but when I realized Obama was NOT willing to cut him a deal, the choice was easy. It's the reverse barometer thing.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Yeah, that's it..

Anonymous said...

^The enemy of my enemy thing?

Anonymous said...

Didn't you mean "a reverse barryometer thing?"
--General Petty Officer Fifth Class Skyhawker Doug

Juice said...

Okay. Back when all this Snowden stuff hit the fan, I originally called him a hero for being an anti-intrusive federal government combatant. But why did he go to Russia?

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Well, since the US had successfully blocked asylum everywhere else, it fell to Putin to have fun with us and rub it in. Antway, what intel could Snowden possibly impart to them that he wasn't dumping publicly? Just saying.

Juice said...

You know Rodge, Putin has had a pretty fun time poking us in the eye since Odumba has been bowing, so of course Putin would welcome Snowden and the (White House) media would suggest a Falcon (and the Snowman)scenario.

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