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Ron Radosh

Putin and Snowden: The Continuing Humiliation of President Obama

August 2nd, 2013 - 1:46 pm

By granting a yearly and renewable asylum to Edward Snowden, Vladimir Putin has challenged President Barack Obama. He has made it clear that the famous “reset” button with Russia, signed onto and endorsed by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of State, meant only that the United States would allow Russia to get away with what it wanted in international affairs as long as Putin’s authority was not challenged.

Russia would continue to aid its Syrian ally, no matter what “red lines” were crossed, and all the United States would do is urge Russia to act differently. Naturally, Vladimir Putin took our complaints into advisement and went about his merry ways.

After dilly-dallying for weeks about whether or not Russia would give Snowden asylum — and actually saying that he wished he would leave — President Putin reached his decision. Snowden is now welcome, as long as any job he takes does not involve computers. Knowing his skills, the last thing the Russian regime wants is for Mr. Snowden to infiltrate its secret programs the way he did for his country of birth, where he remains a citizen.

Remember that when he first arrived in Hong Kong, Snowden proclaimed that he did not want to live in any country that conducted the kind of surveillance he said the United States was carrying out on its citizens: “I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded.” That attitude gained him supporters among the anti-American Left and the libertarian Right, both attuned to violations of civil liberties by the omnipresent State. Many called him not a traitor, but rather a whistle-blower.

Now we have hard evidence that Edward Snowden’s great concern for individual liberty and the protection of the rights of individuals from government intrusion is nothing but a ruse he used to gather support. If it was not, the last place on Earth he would take refuge is current-day Russia.

This is a government pledged with new legislation to round up and imprison gay people, that regularly fabricates charges against those brave enough to expose the regime’s corruption, and that arrests others for the crime of public opposition to the Putin government’s growing power.

Mr. Snowden actually announced that he wanted to be a “human rights activist,” by which he obviously means releasing more information harmful to the United States, whose supposed violations of human rights seem to be the only rights violations he cares about. Let him try to say something about the members of Pussy Riot still rotting in jail, and see how long his asylum status will remain intact.

A shrewd analysis of what lies behind Russia’s new strong anti-gay laws appears by Miriam Elder in Buzzfeed. Elder argues:

The violent images, restrictive legislation, and public humiliation that LGBT people in Russia now face isn’t the product of a traditionalist backlash as much as it is a vital part of the new politics of Putin’s Russia, a nation in search of someone to define itself against.

In the old days, Soviet Russia made Jews the scapegoat. On that front, for personal reasons, Putin himself has sought to engage other enemies, leaving gays as the replacement for old-style official Soviet anti-Semitism. When Putin assumed the presidency again late last year, Elder explains:

[His reaction] has been reflexive and obvious to everyone — to launch a crackdown, arrest opposition leaders, arrest average protesters, adopt laws limiting future ability to protest. The second is more oblique: Putin has launched a campaign to shore up support in the Russian “heartland,” that mythical place far from the bustling streets of Moscow where headscarved peasants embrace core Russian concepts that don’t actually exist anymore.

Elder adds:

Demonizing gays allows Putin to tell the “heartland”: I will protect you and your “traditional” families; you are the real Russia. It also grows suspicion of the liberal opposition, presented as fundamentally “un-Russian” as they stand up increasingly for gay rights amid Putin’s growing crackdown.

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let me see if I have this who's who of corruption correct.

on the one hand we have a pretend president who refuses to cooperate w/ congressional investigators on everything from selling unmarked assault weapons to mexican drug dealing mass murderers (to facilitate his own illegal gun control agenda), to aiding and abetting the cover up of the murders of American heroes trying to protect other Americans performing illegal nefarious deeds in foreign countries. he has also used a cocktail of government alphabetical agencies to spy on Americans and influence elections. all felonies if actually prosecuted by honest courts (oxymoron).

on the other hand we have an actual young American (with verifiable citizenship documentation) who is being chased across the world by the above usurper because he had the gall to expose the criminal nature and incompetence of the undocumented usurper pretending to lead our country.

to top that, the same people who have enabled our undocumented pretend leader to abuse the American people and their system of government, are now livid and pretending righteous indignation that somewhere, someone in the world does not bow down to the little usurper.

only in amerika.
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Putin is on his way to Cairo to finalize an arms deal financed byour good friends, the Saudis, and then on to Teheran. In five years The Obama has managed to return the Middle East to the 1950s, much as he has done with race relations here. What a guy; maybe another Nobel in the offing.
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How exactly are we different from Russia? The only difference is scale. And even then, they have fewer people in jail than we do. And AFAIK, they aren't drone striking people.

Instead of lecturing other countries about human rights, and threatening them, why not make ourselves an example to the rest of the world, by actually following our Constitution?
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my roomate's step-sister makes $73/hour on the laptop. She has been fired from work for five months but last month her payment was $18153 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more here---> WWW.CN32.COM
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We've hit the reset button with Russia two or three times now and each time we get the blue screen of death. It is now time to reboot in safe mode and start deleting all the harmful and unnecessary aspects of the relationship and pay particular attention to the functionality of the critical components.
We must also get rid of all of the people in the State Department who are responsible for the installation of malicious policies into our foreign policy and the relationship with Russia.

We will need to do all of this no matter what, sooner or later. The longer we wait, the worse the situation will be, so it is better to take the down time now instead of dealing with an unstable situation that requires near daily restarts.
51 weeks ago
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Newby here and I'm still asking...
What did this guy (Snowden) do that got everyone's knickers so bunched up? He reminded us that our own government was spying on us US citizens and the rest of the world. This has been going on for decades.

Has anyone been harmed by his reminder? People get stoopid, and a wake-up call is evil?

Has anyone died? Has he leaked anything we should be worried about? Something that sacrificed our national security?

What's the big deal?
51 weeks ago
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Obama's motivating principle: fundamental transformation of America. Fundamental.

He's perfectly happy for us (the United States) to fail -- internationally, economically, morally, racially, politically and constitutionally, as in replacing it.

Ron, your article offers me two options: support Obama's homosexual agenda and his ever-growing federal government and his compresensive domestic spying and massive hoovering of private data or be held unpatriotic.

I don't like those two options.

It's truly a shame that the only place for Snowden to stay is Putin's Russia. Obama saw to that.
51 weeks ago
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Yeah, but Obama has a Nobel Peace Prize.
51 weeks ago
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Edward Snowden, Vladimir Putin are nothing but a distraction from the real truth!

The dangers of N.S.A. domestic spying

William Binney is among a group of N.S.A. whistle-blowers, including Thomas A. Drake, who have each risked everything — their freedom, livelihoods and personal relationships — to warn Americans about the dangers of N.S.A. domestic spying; A top-secret program he says is broadly collecting Americans' personal data.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OemwW60VxDY&feature=plcp

White House, NASA Celebrate National Day of Hacking BY KLINT FINLEY 05.31.13

http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/05/national-day-of-hacking/


Internet security anybody?
51 weeks ago
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Putin will "pants" Obama at the upcoming summit, and Obama will pass it off as "sagging" in support of Trayvon Martin and the rest of "his people" . . .
51 weeks ago
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O is never humiliated. The word is unknown to him, as is responsibility. O is never embarrassed. O never misspeaks. O knows no shame. O LIES when the truth would do. O believes the LIES he tells. The true remittance man. O has no country; sails from port to port, unable to land and step foot on solid ground. Sound about right?
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O is not a brainwashed Manchurian Candidate, but his hostility to the US system is so evident he might as well be one. I would also bet on his having a lingering sense of commitment to international communism. And don’t count out the possibility that the Ruskies have a little ole file on the Bamster that he doesn’t want us to see; the one document about his past that he has no control over.

O’s scandals and his increasingly authoritarian ways will hit the fan at some point and it could all go off like the best fireworks display you ever saw.
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That's the moment that seems inevitable & that I pray for every day.
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Very confusing. Don't get what Putin and gays and his secret reason not to scapegoat Jews has to do with this. I think Obama is delighted with Snowden, at one level - he makes folks rally around him when there is really nothing to rally 'round. Snowden broke the rules - clear enough. The real question is what is the Administration doing. The list of 'phony' scandals is long enough; Benghazi now looks like a real nightmare, including silencing of dozens of American citizens, many CIA, who were there. If it helps, Mr. Radosh, Snowden will probably 'suicide' one day on a cold Moscow night...
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