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Lavabit, Edward Snowden's Email Service, Abruptly Shuts Down Amid Court Battle

Lavabit, Edward Snowden's Email Service, Abruptly Shuts Down Amid Court Battle

Commented Aug 9, 2013 at 08:39:59 in Technology

“Please, this forum is for grownups.”

romil on Aug 9, 2013 at 08:46:58

“Then why are you posting here?”
Lindsey Graham, Chuck Schumer Pressure Russia To Send Back Edward Snowden

Lindsey Graham, Chuck Schumer Pressure Russia To Send Back Edward Snowden

Commented Jul 21, 2013 at 21:32:43 in Politics

“For decades, the United States was a safe haven for Russian Dissidents, now that the roles are reversed we claim that the sky is falling. Nobody is buying these claims that Snowden is really a spy and not a true dissident or, whistleblower. The Russians know what a dissident looks like when they see one and so does the rest of the planet.”
Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden Confirmed WikiLeaks Statement Was Written By Him

Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden Confirmed WikiLeaks Statement Was Written By Him

Commented Jul 8, 2013 at 11:25:37 in Politics

“The president is on record publicly saying that Manning is gulity and had broken the law. You can't give someone a "fair trial" after torturing them in an effort to implicate themselves and others. The United States violated the U.N. convention on torture in the Manning Case.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/12/bradley-manning-cruel-inhuman-treatment-un

RushD1mbulb on Jul 8, 2013 at 21:25:27

“Your interpretation of events regarding Manning are questionable but if accepted have little relevance to the topic under discussion. Again, ucmj vs civilian legal system.”
Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden Confirmed WikiLeaks Statement Was Written By Him

Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden Confirmed WikiLeaks Statement Was Written By Him

Commented Jul 7, 2013 at 12:31:45 in Politics

“For Edward Snowden to come back and "face his accusers" he would need a time machine. He would need to turn the country back into the the democractic nation who's justice system was guilded by a universerally applied rule of law. He would need the conditions that existed when Daniel Ellsberg was charged with violating 1917 espionage act. Unlike Bradley Manning, who was thrown in a military cell, tortured, held incommunicado and prevented from defending hinself with pre-trial restrictions on every arguement of posible defense other than pleading gulity, Ellsberg was given bail and allowed to get his message out. Snowden would undoubtedly face conditions just as draconian as Manning's if not more so. The United States has lost all pretense of justice and fair play and the moral highground that goes with it.”

RushD1mbulb on Jul 7, 2013 at 19:30:09

“Manning is subject to the UCMJ. Snowden, as with Ellsberg, would be subject to the civilian legal system. Your final sentence will only be tested once Snowden is brought to justice. I trust he will have his fair trial because that's what inevitably happens in America. You suspect he won't for whatever reason. And there it is.”

ribber on Jul 7, 2013 at 18:20:33

“Revisionist, inaccurate information about Ellsberg. Read up on what really happened.”
Nancy Pelosi Booed, Heckled Over Edward Snowden, NSA Comments At Netroots Nation 2013

Nancy Pelosi Booed, Heckled Over Edward Snowden, NSA Comments At Netroots Nation 2013

Commented Jul 3, 2013 at 16:05:16 in Politics

“What planet are you reporting from?”
Julian Assange To Appear On ABC News' 'This Week'

Julian Assange To Appear On ABC News' 'This Week'

Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 15:14:14 in Media

“"in order to avoid extradition to the United States"

Thank you for not repeating the ridiculous lie that he's avoiding sex charges in Sweden”

Omishinji on Jun 28, 2013 at 22:48:56

“"in order to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations."

It seems that some repeat something enough times, they forget the truth.”
NSA Deletes Surveillance 'Fact' Sheet (UPDATE)

NSA Deletes Surveillance 'Fact' Sheet (UPDATE)

Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 08:42:59 in Politics

“New NSA fact sheet:
We do whatever we want.
We are answerable only to ourselves.
We understand that our mission supersedes your rights.
We don't have to answer to you.”

Einstein Was Right on Jun 26, 2013 at 08:48:35

“More like shut up and do as you are told.

When will enough be enough?”
Mika Brzezinski On Glenn Greenwald: 'Why Didn't You Answer The Question?' (VIDEO)

Mika Brzezinski On Glenn Greenwald: 'Why Didn't You Answer The Question?' (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 09:28:20 in Media

“It really is Glenn Greewald's fault. He should simply avoid these moronic, corporate employees pretending to be journalists but, that would leave little else.”
Glenn Greenwald: 'Meet The Press' Interview Validates 'Incestuous' Washington Media Critique

Glenn Greenwald: 'Meet The Press' Interview Validates 'Incestuous' Washington Media Critique

Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 09:22:50 in Media

“Agreed. The only goog thing is, they're digging their own hole and will soon be as extinct as, the dinosaurs they have proved themselves to be.”
Daniel Ellsberg On Edward Snowden: 'He Made The Right Choice' (VIDEO)

Daniel Ellsberg On Edward Snowden: 'He Made The Right Choice' (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 23, 2013 at 17:08:00 in Technology

“I guess you missed the story about the 3 NSA whistle blowers who refute everything you're saying.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/06/16/snowden-whistleblower-nsa-officials-roundtable/2428809/
Nancy Pelosi Booed, Heckled Over Edward Snowden, NSA Comments At Netroots Nation 2013

Nancy Pelosi Booed, Heckled Over Edward Snowden, NSA Comments At Netroots Nation 2013

Commented Jun 23, 2013 at 14:37:56 in Politics

“Yes, prosecute him to the exact same extent as the Bush tortures, warrantless wiretappers, Obama administration leakers and the Wall street banksters have been prosecuted. I mean, they all broke the law, right?”

Berettasskeeter on Jun 23, 2013 at 15:10:37

“All who broke a specific law, were indicted, charged, and tried, are either in jail or released. If you have evidence of violations not considered by state, local, or federal authorities, call them. I'm sure they are waiting for your call.
Semper fi”

Gumpa on Jun 23, 2013 at 14:50:46

“Yes prosecute them all!”
NSA Prevented Bomb Plot Against Wall Street Using Surveillance Programs: Director

NSA Prevented Bomb Plot Against Wall Street Using Surveillance Programs: Director

Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 10:33:45 in Business

“If Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers is representative of the oversite being applied to these secret programs then, I think we have identified (some of) the problem.”

aonorat on Jun 19, 2013 at 15:08:52

“Mike Rogers is a complicit cheerleader for NSA. His hearing leadership was disgusting. If he is indicative of the of oversight that is occurring in Congress, we are in deep trouble. Also troubling is the fact that some of the democrats were cheerleaders as well. The hearing was a farce and part of an coordinated/rehearsed defense of NSA. Congressional committees have become advocates rather than overviewers. Intelligence and Armed Services Committees are the two most blatant. Hearings are forums for political posturing.”
NSA Surveillance Largely Defended By Congress In Rare Public Hearing

NSA Surveillance Largely Defended By Congress In Rare Public Hearing

Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 19:47:04 in Politics

“Snowden is right, you can not have the consent of the governed if, the governed is never informed of what is done in their name. This isn't about saving lives. Were that the governments true concern we would have nationalised health care and gun violence would more vigorously approached. These things would prevent the deaths of the tens of thousands of Americans the government is apparently unconcerned about. This is about power, secert, unchallenged, power.”
Eric Holder: NSA Leaker Will Be Punished

Eric Holder: NSA Leaker Will Be Punished

Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 14:09:39 in Politics

“"In the 21 century"? The process for changing the constitution is proposing and ratifying amendments, not the passing of time.”

mchlcorn on Jun 14, 2013 at 14:31:07

“We remember Congress passing a "balanced budget" promise? A constitutional amendment is not needed to eliminate the Navy, but is needed to FORCE the balancing of every annual budget. We do not need a $687B military budget. There is no constitutional amendment that funds or guarantees Social Security or welfare or income tax brackets or rates.”
Peter King: Prosecute Glenn Greenwald

Peter King: Prosecute Glenn Greenwald

Commented Jun 13, 2013 at 07:18:37 in Politics

“Too bad some of those "muscles" weren't above your neck.”
Edward Snowden Could Use Bradley Manning Treatment To Seek Asylum

Edward Snowden Could Use Bradley Manning Treatment To Seek Asylum

Commented Jun 11, 2013 at 10:12:09 in Politics

“Sen Saxby Chambliss, "And to my knowledge we have not had any citizen who has registered a complaint relative to the gathering of this information."

Exactly how are America citizens supposed to register a complaint about a super-secret program they knew nothing about?

This idiotic reaction by Sen. Chambliss paraphrases what's wrong not only are security agencies authoritarian mindset but, with the tone deaf government itself.”
James Rosen Warrant Doesn't Suggest Charges Against Fox News Reporter, DOJ Says

James Rosen Warrant Doesn't Suggest Charges Against Fox News Reporter, DOJ Says

Commented May 23, 2013 at 12:00:58 in Politics

“Did you guys ever hear about the pentagon papers or, the Supreme court ruling that blocked prosecution of the NY Times?

Reporters are protected in their craft by the First Amendment, and the Supreme Court has ruled that they can ask whatever questions they wish without fear of prosecution.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/05/23/tyranny-around-corner-team-obama-trashes-constitution-to-pursue-opponents/#ixzz2U8FGMXUk
James Rosen Warrant Doesn't Suggest Charges Against Fox News Reporter, DOJ Says

James Rosen Warrant Doesn't Suggest Charges Against Fox News Reporter, DOJ Says

Commented May 21, 2013 at 09:40:36 in Politics

“A co-conspirator to committ journalism?

It's called the first amendment because, it's the most important.”

pete619 on May 23, 2013 at 12:00:58

“Did you guys ever hear about the pentagon papers or, the Supreme court ruling that blocked prosecution of the NY Times?

Reporters are protected in their craft by the First Amendment, and the Supreme Court has ruled that they can ask whatever questions they wish without fear of prosecution.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/05/23/tyranny-around-corner-team-obama-trashes-constitution-to-pursue-opponents/#ixzz2U8FGMXUk

revr on May 21, 2013 at 12:56:34

“18 U.S.C. § 793.Gathering, transmitting, or losing defense information. It's a crime.”

ThinkingIndependent on May 21, 2013 at 11:31:21

“"obtained through an illegal leak of classified information by a government official"”
Media Matters Not Sure The DoJ Was Wrong When It Violated AP Press Freedoms, According To Memo [UPDATE]

Media Matters Not Sure The DoJ Was Wrong When It Violated AP Press Freedoms, According To Memo [UPDATE]

Commented May 15, 2013 at 16:11:23 in Politics

“Yelling fire is a one time event, you're ignoring the vast scope of their investigation. and, the indesputable and, targeted damage it has upon a free press.”

falconfordd on May 15, 2013 at 17:21:56

“There is nothing indisputable or targeted This is about the AP publishing sensitive information. They did it it is INDISPUTABLE even the AP can not deny it they put it in print they are just trying to muddy the water in hopes of avoiding responsibility.”
TSA Apologizes To Forck Family After Clip Of 3-Year-Old Girl In Wheelchair Goes Viral (VIDEO)

TSA Apologizes To Forck Family After Clip Of 3-Year-Old Girl In Wheelchair Goes Viral (VIDEO)

Commented Feb 22, 2013 at 08:57:09 in Parents

“The TSA has once again issued oe of their heartfelt apologies. They're sorry. They're sorry they got caught and, they're sorry there was a video and, they're sorry it went viral........again.”
Petition To Remove Carmen Ortiz, Aaron Swartz Prosecutor, Reaches Threshold For White House Response

Petition To Remove Carmen Ortiz, Aaron Swartz Prosecutor, Reaches Threshold For White House Response

Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 12:28:06 in Technology

“"but this case was in no way unique or extreme". This is the exact sentiment necessary to further us on the path to accepting a police state. Authoritarians like you are simply unable to distingush between acts of morally based civil disbendience and outright criminal behavior. Had you been around during the civil rights era you would have supported Jiw Crow and advocated a prison term for Rosa Parks.”

Scott Moser on Jan 19, 2013 at 19:09:52

“No one would ever accuse me of being an authoritarian. What I was saying is that Swartz did commit several crimes per the law.  Federal prosecutors have a lot of power, and they did not single out Aaron for an extreme prosecution.  If you look at the facts of the case and the actual sentence he would have received if he had lost at trial, he wasn't looking at 30+ years in any case. 
Aaron's reaction to his prosecution was more a symptom of his depressive disorder than a reasonable reaction to his prosecution.  There are legitimate questions as to whether the laws he broke make a felony charge too easy to obtain, but after MIT brought in the Feds to stop the hacking of their network, a prosecution was inevitable.  Prosecutors all enjoy complete immunity from any actions they make in their jobs.  Combine that with incentive based of conviction rates and the severity of those convictions, and you come up with this result.  At least Aaron was guilty of the crimes of which he was charged (he was caught on video), whereas many defendants are forced to take plea deals even when they're innocent.”
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