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Another Heroic Whistleblower Needs Public Support

By Dan8267   2013 Jun 10, 10:10am   626 views   4 comments   watch (1)   quote      

http://www.businessinsider.com/edward-snowden-nsa-2013-6

There are things that the public absolutely needs to know about our government. Without whistle-blowers, the society our children live in will be worse than the worst part of Soviet history.

The public, not the government, is the only body capable of making the moral and ethical judgements needed to keep government under control. And the public cannot fulfill this responsibility without knowledge. Whistle-blowers are the only way we can get this information. Your personal security and our national security are dependent on whistle-blowers.

We cannot trust a government that says that water-boarding, genital electrocution, and being ripped apart to death by attack dogs is not torture. We cannot trust a government that uses drones to attack and kill civilians including children as young as newborns. We cannot trust a government that uses secret prisons and is actively prohibiting the right of Habeas Corpus of innocent persons.

Absolute power leads to absolute corruption. And the NSA is practicing absolute power of information.

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1   TwoScoopsMcGee   2013 Jun 11, 2:22am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Democracy is what it's all about. That the US uses torture, something we won WW2 without using, is appalling. That the US wants to datamine all our info is appalling. The official logic of the US Government is if you share something with any third party online, you wholly give up your privacy. A logic that does not apply to any other form of sending information, like postal mail. A logic the US government rejects for File Sharing, of course.

Speaking of whistleblowers, here's another one. A guy who helped find the video rape brags of rapists in mere hours, while the local investigators couldn't be arsed to find negative info about the "Athletes":
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/06/07/2119171/anonymous-hacker-steubenville-jail/?mobile=nc

He faces more jail time than the rapists got.

Also I've noticed that mainstream media is always very hard on Anonymous activists, even when they simply put out the info and don't engage in vigilantism, but when the government does extreme stuff like torture or datamining, those same MSM people bend over backwards to give the government the benefit of the doubt.

2   Tenpoundbass   2013 Jun 11, 2:24am     ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ron Paul has called him a hero, president Boehner called him a traitor. That doesn't surprise me, he does work for Obama's boss.

3   Dan8267   2013 Jun 11, 3:54am     ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ron Paul has the respect of many people because of his civil and human rights record, including people like me who completely disagree with his economic policies.

Boehner does not have the respect of anyone who isn't a Marvel supervillain.

4   Dan8267   2013 Jun 11, 4:01am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

thunderlips11 says

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/06/07/2119171/anonymous-hacker-steubenville-jail/?mobile=nc

All the police and FBI agents involved should be arrested and prosecuted for obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice, and interfering with a criminal investigation. That's exactly what would happen to any civilian who acted like these criminals have.

The next superhero that Marvel or DC Comics comes out with should be a superhero who just goes around incinerating the criminals actin within governments. OK, maybe an anti-hero. Just give him the power to read minds and inflict spontaneous human combustion.

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