The Elephant in the Room – Ed Snowden

EDWARD SNOWDEN

There was a big elephant wandering around the Senate Chamber last weekend.

His name was Ed Snowden – and no one wanted to acknowledge he was there.

The Patriot Act expired this week which puts to rest the possibility that it will be resurrected in it’s entirely.

A lot of people are puzzled why Senator McConnell pushed so hard to prevent any needed reforms of the Patriot Act. The failure to do so partially discredited his leadership.

Republican Congressman Thomas Massie of Kentucky has a theory.

“It was so difficult for Senator McConnell and Senator McCain to vote for the Freedom Act because doing anything exonerates Snowden–doing anything except reauthorization [of the Patriot Act],” Massie told reporters off the Senate floor. “That’s why they never wanted to change anything. And now, that vote that just happened acknowledges that Edward Snowden was right to some degree.”

So many Senators have turned themselves into pretzels to avoid acknowledging that Snowden was right.

He was right “to some degree”.

“Because of Edward Snowden, there’s a perception — which is not true — but there’s a perception that we’re invading people’s privacy,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), explained last month. Florida’s own.

Nelson isn’t the only Washington lawmaker who has struggled to articulate Snowden’s influence on the debate that has kept senators up late and away from home for two weekends now. It’s hard to give credit to someone you want imprisoned. But on Sunday night, as tempers frayed, vote-counters strategized, and Rand Paul talked, senators could no longer avoid talking about the ex-NSA contractor’s disclosures.

“It’s why we’re here,” Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chair of the Senate foreign relations committee and a fierce NSA defender, said of the Snowden disclosures. “People began creating a myth around it. That did occur. The public discourse around it created a myth about what this program is and what it isn’t.”

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who entered the Senate months before the Snowden leaks, agreed. “It is clear we wouldn’t be here without that information,” he said. “I’m not saying that there were violations of people’s civil liberties. There weren’t. But we certainly are taking a bigger role now in oversight.”

Of course! We are all stupid! We’re falling for some propaganda from a single person!

For some reason the fact that a federal appeals court had ruled the NSA spying illegal was less important than taking/giving blame/credit.

You will certainly never get the NSA defenders to admit that Snowden is a whistleblower, even when he exposed an illegal program.

Five years ago the Senate debate for renewing the Patriot Act lasted 20 seconds.

This year 60 members of Congress voted against the Freedom Act bill, the one that would reform the Patriot Act, because “they thought it left the spying agency with too much power.”

Bravo Ed. Bravo.

It’s too bad you can’t live in your own country.

Ed Snowden deserves a pardon.

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Much of the above emailed to me by:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/01/1389636/-Congressman-Senate-Vote-Exonerates-Snowden?detail=email#

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I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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11 Responses to The Elephant in the Room – Ed Snowden

  1. beetleypete says:

    The USA is lucky to have someone like Snowden. Here is my own take on the documentary about him.
    https://redflagflying.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/citizenfour/
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Agree wholeheartedly, Frank.

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  3. I’m just grateful to see any semblance of reason and logic in the Senate.

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  4. GP Cox says:

    Perhaps the Patriot Act needs adjusting – I’m not disputing that, BUT, after 9-11 everyone wanted to know WHY the government DIDN’T know about the attack before hand. Now that everyone knows there are hidden cells of terrorists in the country, they want to tie the NSA up in red tape. The public can not have it both ways. I suppose from now on the theme is – “Let the pipe bombs fall where they may.” Maybe that’s a good title for a future folk song?

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  5. chmjr2 says:

    I am always amazed how each side of an issue like this can be so inflexible. We have a my way or no way mentality and very little if anything gets done. As for Snowden I am not sure if he should be fitted for a halo or horns. When a place like Russia is the only place that will take him in and he accepts, it should cast some doubts on him and his motives. Daniel Ellsberg stood his ground and is looked up to by many people. I think the danger to him was as much if not more than what Snowden faced. I guess I like people who stand their ground.

    As for the so called Patriot Act for the most part I think it is and was an over reaction to 9/11. However that does not mean that it does not have its good points. We need leaders and people of reason to work this out. We do not have them at least as many as we should because you and I do not elect them. We need people who can reason and work things out . Compromise is not a dirty word. It is how many worthy things get done.

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  6. sojourner says:

    Ed is a hero in my mind’s eye! Great post!

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  7. sojourner says:

    Reblogged this on An Outsider's Sojourn II and commented:
    Heroes are not always firemen and other people who risk their own safety to save someone else!

    Sometimes heroes are people willing to risk their own lives to reveal a truth that is for the good of a multitude of people; like Ed Snowden, for instance! These people are referred to as “whistle blowers”, but I prefer to call them heroes!

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  8. alakhtal says:

    Reblogged this on Liberalism is Trust Fucked with Prudence. Conservatism is Distrust Tainted with Fear and commented:
    Americans are too thick to get what’s coming? They’re fucked by 100 senators and 435 representatives of US Congress at day light.
    The Freedom Act [TFA] is Triumphalists and Mythmakers version of The Patriot Act [TPA]. TPA allows Psycho-Kleptomaniac Phone Paparazzis [PKPP] ganoph metadata of Americans and any human on planet earth that’s a threat to status quo and they sell the gathered metadata to the highest bidder. These gathered metadata ain’t moans and squeaky bed noises but priceless personal, valuable inside-trade secrets, serious corporate credits, rigged modules, codes etc. TFA allows PKPP hire US Government Nutjobs [UGN] to do the dirty job for them. UGN can use guns, prison and renditions to please their PKPP masters.

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  9. alakhtal says:

    Americans are too thick to get what’s coming? They’re fucked by 100 senators and 435 representatives of US Congress at day light.
    The Freedom Act [TFA] is Triumphalists and Mythmakers version of The Patriot Act [TPA]. TPA allows Psycho-Kleptomaniac Phone Paparazzis [PKPP] ganoph metadata of Americans and any human on planet earth that’s a threat to status quo and they sell the gathered metadata to the highest bidder. These gathered metadata ain’t moans and squeaky bed noises but priceless personal, valuable inside-trade secrets, serious corporate credits, rigged modules, codes etc. TFA allows PKPP hire US Government Nutjobs [UGN] to do the dirty job for them. UGN can use guns, prison and renditions to please their PKPP masters.

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  10. alakhtal says:

    Reblogged this on Liberalism is Trust Fucked with Prudence. Conservatism is Distrust Tainted with Fear and commented:
    Americans are too thick to see what’s coming? They’re fucked by 100 senators and 435 representatives of US Congress at day light. Ed Snowden is Redherring… here’s the Arabian Nights:
    The Freedom Act [TFA] is Triumphalists and Mythmakers version of The Patriot Act [TPA]. TPA allows Psycho-Kleptomaniac Phone Paparazzis [PKPP] ganoph metadata of Americans and any human on planet earth that’s a threat to status quo and they sell the gathered metadata to the highest bidder. These gathered metadata ain’t moans and squeaky bed noises but priceless personal, valuable inside-trade secrets, serious corporate credits, rigged modules, codes, treasuries intelligence etc. TFA allows PKPP hire US Government Nutjobs [UGN] to do the dirty job for them. UGN can use guns, prison and renditions to please their PKPP masters.

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