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Ed Driscoll

Jesse Walker of Reason has some fun with David Brooks’ latest column in the New York Times:

In The New York Times this morning, David Brooks does the old Take A Few Facts About Somebody, Extrapolate An Entire Psychological Profile, Then Plug It Into One Of My Standard Columns trick. The small handful of facts involve NSA leaker Edward Snowden; the psychological profile claims that Snowden was a loner cut off from social bonds; the standard column claims that this is a sign of “the atomization of society,” that this alleged dissolution of civil society fuels the “distinct strands of libertarianism” which may have inspired Snowden, and, of course, that

Big Brother is not the only danger facing the country. Another is the rising tide of distrust, the corrosive spread of cynicism, the fraying of the social fabric and the rise of people who are so individualistic in their outlook that they have no real understanding of how to knit others together and look after the common good.

Just to be clear: He’s talking about Snowden here. Brooks doesn’t discuss whether the surveillance state is built on distrust, whether deceiving Americans about its activities spreads cynicism, whether its intrusions into civil society fray the social fabric, and whether the officials who run it are really working toward the common good. As usual, virtually all of Brooks’ criticisms are directed at people who challenge authority, not people in authority.

But this time the columnist takes that habit to absurd new heights. Snowden, he writes,

betrayed the Constitution. The founders did not create the United States so that some solitary 29-year-old could make unilateral decisions about what should be exposed. Snowden self-indulgently short-circuited the democratic structures of accountability, putting his own preferences above everything else.

So in other words, Snowden wears khaki Dockers instead of bespoke double-bleated sidetab adjustable perfectly-creased cuffed suit trousers.

No word yet if David Brooks will be making any snap judgements about Snowden based on the aesthetics of his alleged girlfriend.

Update: At Commentary, Max Boot explores “Edward Snowden’s Parallel Universe,” which sounds eerily reminiscent of an earlier vainglorious crusader’s parallel universe:

Edward Snowden, the NSA turncoat, sounds coherent and measured at first blush, but the more he keeps talking the more he emerges as a paranoid narcissist with a messiah complex. He believes that there is a vast, overarching conspiracy within the U.S. government to abrogate the liberties of ordinary citizens, and he is the only person who has the courage and the idealism to expose this monstrous misdoing.

So a Lightworker, in other words. Speaking of which, Boot adds that alas, Snowden’s narcissism “will only be fed by all of the news coverage — some of it decidedly adulatory — he has generated.”

Say, that has an awfully familiar ring to it for some reason:

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Which makes me wonder why they aren't "disputing those beans." I'm not at all convinced that this isn't a diversion being run by the Soros Junta. I'm reasonably convinced that OFA mined the NSA mined data for their vaunted GOTV and Voter ID databases.
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Sir,
Snowden is not the subject or the point of this column by Mr Driscoll. David Brooks, Max Boot and all the Obama-worshippers are the subjects.

Let's stay on point here.

Whether Snowden's bio is bs or not, he certainly spilled some major beans. And you don't see people disputing those beans, all the while trying to slam Snowden for his bio. Do you?
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Look my right wing nut job bona fides are impeccable. Ten years in the Marine Corps and the first president I ever voted for was Reagan.

That said, there is a very big problem with Snowden. His self reported biography is utter BS.

From Iowahawk: WTF? from HS dropout to Army washout to security guard to $200k/year cyber analyst to International Man of Mystery

Dave Burge is right to be skeptical, Army reservists aren't allowed to try out for Special Forces. You can't be an Operator and a Weekend Warrior. If you don't have a diploma it is hard as hell to get in let alone get a TS clearance. The Army only confirms that this kid was in for five months and didn't win any awards. To anyone who has been in uniform this is code word for FTA. Failure. To. Adapt.

His avowed admiration for Bradly Manning tells you even more about him, than the lies he is telling about himself. Manning is a twerp with low self esteem and a gigantic ego. An ego that the Army bruised. Then he "Acted out."

Snowden apparently identifies.

Just about every one of his claims are BS. The only thing that is a real head scratcher here, is that Glen Greenwald confirms that this idiot is indeed where he got the documents from...It shouldn't be possible, his whole story is a fantasy.

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I see picture up above of Lindsay Mills the ex girl friend of Edward Snowden. She looks just like my 26 year old women I help with the three children and lips dripping with honey. Why a man throw away such a woman is a mystery.
This is why I take my sweet time finding a husband for my Lindsay Mills lookalike 26 year old in this throw away beauty women culture
44 weeks ago
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Perhaps I now teach my 26 year old how to sing instead of so much dancing style and stay away from the likes of the Snowden wacko types . An older more experienced man more suitable for such lips dripping with honey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9nrtFkj6Bo

then again maybe the pain he feels for her knowing he will NEVER be with her again is beginning to hit him like a ton of bricks
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My goodness, could the rising tide of distrust and cynicism have anything to do with wonder boy in the White House and his policies? Nah, no story here.
44 weeks ago
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With regret Mr Driscoll,

I must disagree with you and many of the other commenters here. I have no love, nor any respect for Snowden. It's one thing if you thought Brooks by himself or Boot by himself were off base. But both as well as others, no I'm sorry.

My gut reaction is that along with Manning, this gentleman (Snowden) is very much guilty of all the pseudo-psychological analyses that have been put forth by those writers and others about him.

In short, he's thinks a little too highly of himself.

All that being said, I'm not "supporting" the NSA per se. I'm merely denouncing the self-serving way in which Snowden went about this. My G-d, the least he could have done was provide for his girlfriend and not leave her in the lurch. This, to me, was an obvious indication of his being self-centered.
44 weeks ago
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I can't help but compare this sort of reaction by the media, to what it would have been if we were still in the "W" administration.
44 weeks ago
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Need we suggest that if Snowden had spilled his guts in 2004, Brooks, Boot & Associates would have been hailing him as a true patriot?
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"So a Lightworker, in other words. "

There are profound differences between Snowden and Obama. Obama is a Democrat; Snowden apparently leans toward Ron Paul. Obama is the Lightworker; Snowden is thwarting the Lightworker with his revelations. This is simply unacceptable to the Lightworker.

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Great column, Mr Driscoll.

When you got to the point where you pointed out that Max Boot's description of Snowden sounded note-for-note like the description of Obama peddled by people like Max Boot and David Brooks, I had to stop and clean coffee and spittle from my monitor screen.

Really, is there a gene for self-awareness and if so, is it completely missing from people like Brooks, Max Boot and of course, Obama? It would appear so.
44 weeks ago
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Look my right wing nut job bona fides are impeccable. Ten years in the Marine Corps and the first president I ever voted for was Reagan.

That said, there is a very big problem with Snowden. His self reported biography is utter BS.

From Iowahawk: WTF? from HS dropout to Army washout to security guard to $200k/year cyber analyst to International Man of Mystery

Dave Burge is right to be skeptical, Army reservists aren't allowed to try out for Special Forces. You can't be an Operator and a Weekend Warrior. If you don't have a diploma it is hard as hell to get in let alone get a TS clearance. The Army only confirms that this kid was in for five months and didn't win any awards. To anyone who has been in uniform this is code word for FTA. Failure. To. Adapt.

His avowed admiration for Bradly Manning tells you even more about him, than the lies he is telling about himself. Manning is a twerp with low self esteem and a gigantic ego. An ego that the Army bruised. Then he "Acted out."

Snowden apparently identifies.

Just about every one of his claims are BS. The only thing that is a real head scratcher here, is that Glen Greenwald confirms that this idiot is indeed where he got the documents from...It shouldn't be possible, his whole story is a fantasy.

44 weeks ago
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Maybe he's some hacker or hackivist who got stuff he wasn't supposed to and decided to see if he could turn himself into the next Julian Assange with it, but he needed to make up a story to make it all seem more "romantic."
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Snowden was certainly some kind of fruitcake, but it's the NSA and what else do they ever have, candied nuts are a job requirement.

Did he get some stuff right? Apparently so.

Did he get some stuff wrong? Mmm, probably.

Maybe we should see his other slides, I think we're sufficiently warned and ready.
44 weeks ago
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the big issue here is not Snowden but the unconstitutional activities of the NSA
44 weeks ago
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Sir,
Snowden is not the subject or the point of this column by Mr Driscoll. David Brooks, Max Boot and all the Obama-worshippers are the subjects.

Let's stay on point here.

Whether Snowden's bio is bs or not, he certainly spilled some major beans. And you don't see people disputing those beans, all the while trying to slam Snowden for his bio. Do you?
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
Which makes me wonder why they aren't "disputing those beans." I'm not at all convinced that this isn't a diversion being run by the Soros Junta. I'm reasonably convinced that OFA mined the NSA mined data for their vaunted GOTV and Voter ID databases.
44 weeks ago
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