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    Obama the hypocrite. I know he didn't introduce the Patriot Act, so why would he continue to support a failed policy? And then say things like this....

    “We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.”

    "Government should be transparent."

    But then he sees men like Snowden, who promoted government transparency and showed us the ethically ambiguous things our government has been doing. The spying, the data centers, the public profiles. And he classify's them as an enemy of the state.

    Shame on you Mr.Obama.
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    “We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.”

    "Government should be transparent."

    By stopping the thought there it seems like you are calling for NO balance of important public interests, such as publics right to know versus publics right to security.

    "transparency, public participation, and collaboration” have to have limits where the welfare and domestic security of the public is concerned.
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    Oh please---like THIS was news?? Our government and every other government on the planet has been involve in ethically ambiguous things for....ever. "Government should be transparent" is the mantra of every political campaign. It's one of those meaningless cliches. There is nothing heroic about Snowden. Snowden is a criminal who stole government property, released unauthorized communications of national defense information and willfully communicated classified communications intelligence to unauthorized persons. Snowden has tried to justify his actions by saying one of the reasons he leaked the documents was to start a discussion about the U.S. government’s secret spying programs....like we the people didn't KNOW?? He put people's lives at risk. He's a defector and a traitor. This has NOTHING to do with Obama and everything to do with an arrogant little sneak who just had to blow his whistle and to hell with the consequences.
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    I still think there is more to this story then has come out....someone higher up the food chain was probably helping him....and.....I for one am glad the information about the surveillance program has reached the public....From what I'm hearing another boom shell from Snowden is going to be breaking in a week or two
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    I have to think you're right on the help bit. And I agree on the surveillance stuff. What puzzles me is that the same people who condemn Snowden often praise Manning.
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    " What puzzles me is that the same people who condemn Snowden often praise Manning."

    I actually would go the opposite...I think Snowden was doing what he felt was right....I think Bradley Manning was trying to get back at those he felt harmed or disrespected him...in some way.
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    @happyhedon

    " think Snowden was doing what he felt was right....I think Bradley Manning was trying to get back at those he felt harmed or disrespected him...in some way."

    I don't know what this is opposite of. I agree with you here too.(WTF's going on?)

    ;-)
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    @Thunderchicken
    Opposite of the people who condemn Snowden often praise Manning
    I would condemn Manning but praise Snowden...that's all I meant

    interesting that we are agreeing on some things today, though
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    There needs to be more like him, our government is flat out of control and IS spying on all of it's citizens which is flat out wrong and unacceptable! Obama has become a joke and a liar who sold out to Wall Street and big banks and who continues the policies of the Bush administration, which I cannot endorse or support.
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    @hankf68

    Politics is strange but we all enjoy it ..

    Though I suspect that people who are apathetic and more concerned about silly celebs and other nonsense might enjoy life a bit more , lol
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    The problem is US........everytime you or anyone "personalizes" a web page, like Google or whatever, you are helping the NSA spy on you. Americans have decided a penny's worth of savings is fair to have their local grocer monitor everything they buy, where, and when....and have decided they like cars with GPS, so they can be tracked everywhere, and they love their cell-phones, so any drone can be directed to your exact coordinates on the globe. Americans have always been a sucker when it comes to selling their privacy, anonimity, and personal lives off to the highest bidder, all in the name of saving a buck, which of course is the REAL American Deity..........Why did we become stupid enough, after giving all of our personal info and access away to various Corporations that constantly monitor us, to do another idiotic act like paying ANOTHER Corporation to pretend to "protect" our privacy? Only in America......the Land completely ruled and governed by Corporations.
    For me, the first time someone in power allowed the "OPT-OUT" clause of a business agreement to replace what should have been an "OPT-IN" clause.......we lost everything, including our Civil Rights. That's why, here in America, you have to pay extra to have your phone number UNLISTED in the Yellow Pages..........a completely irrational premise if there ever was one.
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    LOL This can not be true? obama himself said Snoden was nothing more than a hacker.Tough to know which of these two characters is to be believed.
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    Like others said, Obama only gets his information from the news like you and me. That's what the media said. Why shouldn't he believe it?
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    For damn sure not Obama, if his lips are moving he is lying. Snowden on the other hand has been proven to be telling the truth over and over.
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    I would believe Snowden before Obama! Everything Snowden has released has been true while Obama continues to lie, lie, lie, cover up and lie some more!
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    And his aspirations of grandeur comes to surface. No matter what you were Snowden, you ARE a traitor. Have fun in Russia, with your right to "privacy", for the rest of your meaningless life.
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    I think he wasn't getting enough attention from his Putin interview, so he needs to keep embellishing his heroic greatness (or he'll wind up in a KGB prison? Have that free apartment taken away? Have to get a job?)
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    @vws To show how much I know about the alphabet news stations I saw the picture of the news guy and not reading all of the story I thought it was Peter Jennings. And come to find out he's dead and was on a different alphabet news station.
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    @DontBlameMe2 Most people aren't proud to be ignorant. And which stations don't use letters to identify themselves?
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    Traitor, plain and simple.

    There are foreigners today who know more about the security and intelligence services of the US and other NATO allies than they do about their own countries.

    People can argue all they want about what he revealed on US domestic security procedures and civil liberty issues such as spying on citizens etc, but Snowden went much further than that. He has leaked out info on foreign counter intelligence procedures, leaked out info on US allies and operations etc...He is not a hero, he is a traitor.
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    You only know what the main stream media has said he leaked out, and they for sure have an agenda. So, as we have no officially declared enemies that he has talked to, he can't be a traitor. Read the legal definition of traitor.
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    You are absolutely correct that some know more about our government secrets than those of their own country. What you miss is, that's the problem with their own country. Some live under constant fear of secret police, informers who are rewarded for informing on friends and family, have no rights of privacy, etc. Read about the East German Stasi and you might appreciate that people like Snowden are willing to make sacrifices for your freedom and mine.
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    @courtobserver

    I suspect that future whistle blowers will think twice and fall back in line because to warn an ingrateful public isn't worth it .
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    @Procius Telling secrets out on everyone including US allies does not make one a traitor? US intelligence have even had to spend millions to re-secure cyber intelligence because this skinny idgit keeps opening his mouth. As one example, Canada helped out on at least 20 covert operations with the US and this bozo just had to leak it out for all to see.
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    A "hero" are you insane?? forget the small potatoes of keeping track of the very few Americans who are in regular contact with al Qaeda. that's peanuts. You don't really think that's all that's involved here do you?

    That is only the tip of the iceberg where Snowden is involved. He has stolen and turned over to our enemies in China, Russia and God knows where else -- our most sensitive military secrets pertaining to weapons systems and military capabilities, thus endangering the lives and well being of EVERY American citizen. He is the worst traitor to this nation in history. He should be tried and executed for treason. We should demand that Putin hand him over immediately. Every president in my lifetime (from FDR on to present) would agree instantly that he is a traitor.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/07/politics/snowde...
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/22/...
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    The_Gipper

    Well Snowden is no hero to either party . They can not allow others to think that is okay.

    He knows if he comes back he will wind up like Panama's General Ortega .
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    @Now_What

    Be realistic .

    Bin Ladin orchestrated 9-11 . Snowden is simply warning of the type of spying, out of control NSA which we are now subjected to.

    VERY different agendas .
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    Of course not, People like Obama hate the truth the truth is their worst enemy. And Edward Snowden told the truth and now Obama and his buddies have to answer for it.
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    I just got in from work and I missed the interview , I hope it is repeated or on youtube.

    Snowden isn't making a penny from this , if anything his life has become hell .

    However he is warning a public which for the most part is more concerned about sports or Kardashian.

    The government wants to lock him up and throw away the key.
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    The President and the CIA Director knows what going on. We only know what they tell us. And seeing that we're talking about the CIA here, the truth may be as simple as World Domination or Michelle's Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.
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    So far, nothing that Snowden leaked to the public has caused WWIII. He DID make us aware of our government spying on US, American citizens. He did open our eyes to the fact that our government can and will listen in on us, watch us, and zero in on any one of us at any given time. For that, I think we should thank him. Our government has now become like those governments we use to talk about 30 or 40 years ago; you know, the ones we were always glad were in some other country. Snowden revealed that to us.

    It is naive to trust ANY government, but the US government has become so very untrustworthy over the past several decades we shouldn't believe anything it says. I think Snowden is a somewhat of a hero, but those who follow the government like lambs to slaughter will always stand behind a system that has no interest in them whatsoever.
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    I doubt Snowden was a spy *for* the CIA - there's a lot more to that than having a cover identity. He was pretty clearly a spy (for the Russians) when he was at the NSA, so who knows, Snowden could have been spying for the Russians at the CIA too.
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    there's always two side to a story but the way he left so fast made him look like the bad guy' or maybe he thought the cia would take him out' who know's' i mean look what happen to kennedy and mlk.
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    Somewhere over the rainbow, people have the expectation that they know EVERYTHING the government does.

    And unicorns fly and lollipops rain from the diamonds in the sky.

    What is WITH some of you people?

    Governments LIE. They ALWAYS lie. There has NEVER been a truthful one and there NEVER WILL BE.

    Virtually the ONLY way you can conduct foreign policy is to say X to Paul about Peter in country Y and A about Peter to Paul in country Y.

    What PLANET do you people live in?
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    The CIA was personally and solely responsible for the attack that killed 4 Americans in Benghazi.......now THAT is something the Right-wing blatherers seem to keep skipping over. Stupidly letting your cover get blown, which broadcast to the the local Libyan extremist faction that you were conducting illegal surveillance a mere 6-8 blocks from our Embassy........that is the "Benghazi scandal" that the Right doesn't want to touch. We regular Americans will never know how much good the CIA has done since it's inception in 1947-how many American lives it has saved. But it has also fomented and caused many American deaths and/or blundered numerous times in the past 70 years. Maybe that's the price we have to pay to keep tabs on all the World's bad guys.
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