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June 10, 2013 - 7:41 am
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Snowden is holed up in a hotel in Hong Kong, where he says his “primary fear is that they will come after my family, my friends, my partner. Anyone I have a relationship with.”

He and his girlfriend moved out of their home near Honolulu on May 1.

“The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards,” he said.

“I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things. … I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under. … We have seen enough criminality on the part of government. It is hypocritical to make this allegation against me. They have narrowed the public sphere of influence.”

He said the crux of the leaks is showing “that the NSA routinely lies in response to congressional inquiries about the scope of surveillance in America.”

“I believe that when [senator Ron] Wyden and [senator Mark] Udall asked about the scale of this, they [the NSA] said it did not have the tools to provide an answer. We do have the tools and I have maps showing where people have been scrutinised most. We collect more digital communications from America than we do from the Russians.”

“We hack everyone everywhere. We like to make a distinction between us and the others. But we are in almost every country in the world. We are not at war with these countries,” Snowden continued. “You are not even aware of what is possible. The extent of their capabilities is horrifying. We can plant bugs in machines. Once you go on the network, I can identify your machine. You will never be safe whatever protections you put in place.”

Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, said in a Guardian op-ed today “Snowden’s whistleblowing gives us the possibility to roll back a key part of what has amounted to an ‘executive coup’ against the US constitution.”

“In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden’s release of NSA material – and that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers 40 years ago,” Ellsberg wrote. “…Neither the president nor Congress as a whole may by themselves revoke the fourth amendment – and that’s why what Snowden has revealed so far was secret from the American people.”

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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someone said it earlier today somewhere. when the info. first became available the thinking was to just see if it could all be collected and deal with the actual info. later. o.k. I can believe that part as being innocent. now we know that the less scrupulous among us (pol's of course) have used it in ways we have never allowed before, w/o asking permission from their bosses, the American people.

gosh, who would have thought our 'most transparent admin. ever' would use it against us? he's right about one thing for sure, as we have been seeing for the past few weeks, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
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For the record, people might claim that Ron Paul's a libertarian, but I doubt it, especially given how most of his voters are pot smokers and wanted to allow pot. That's closer to liberalism than libertarianism. I know a libertarian, Mr. Pinholster, my Middle School social studies/Georgia History teacher, and he made it clear that he felt drugs were not worth it in some of his witty lectures. Actually, some of Ron Paul's claims were closer to some things George Lucas often espouses, and that guy's so hard left and an outright liberal he even thinks that somehow the Viet Cong are supposed to be good guys. As far as I can tell, Ron Paul's a RINO, and probably more closer to a liberal than a libertarian. So if that leaker was one of Ron Paul's soldiers in his revolution, he's not really that much different than Obama in terms of goals.
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It seems to me that the FBI should really tighten up on who gets that security clearance and that the justice department should make justice harsh and swift for those who divulge secret information. We have always had free speech since the Bill of Rights was enacted but it has become much too free and attorneys drag up al lot of superfluous stuff. P ness is part of the problem.
I am half watching a nutty film called "Deception" and it could be about any of our intelligence agencies.
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Test Subject ‘Verax’, the unwitting(?) prey for DHS, NSA, CIA, XYZ?? How good is this PRISM system? Will Snowden be able to Snow dem? Many are pissed, and I love the list of the pissed.

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I found mettacultures comments below the line, with regards to Snowden's Hong Kong maneuver to be of interest, and others might benefit from them.

http://hurryupharry.org/2013/06/10/is-there-a-free-speech-haven-in-chinas-special-administrative-region/


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Ive been kind of skeptical about this Snowden character. His trusting of Obama, combined with his Ron Paul support, leads one to believe he has bought into quite a bit of Leftwing Anti-Americanism. Now come to find out he is holed up in Red China (where Glenn Greenwald was traveling right after the story broke). His choice of leaking to The Guardian and especially Greenwald (both hardcore Leftwing Anti-American entities) also makes one very wary of this character.

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I know we never come to close to agreeing on anything but -- you have thought this one through, far more than most on here. Nobody has fought to dilute and destroy our defense and national security means more than the most radical far left and now it seems the far right have joined with them. Russia, China and others cheerish these kinds of individuals who have even the slightest classified information on our defense and security complex. We erroneously assume our adversaries know everything when in fact they do not not have any valid confirmation. This criminal is now a valuable asset with his knowledge and skill set to our adversaries. Aside from his skill set just imagine the names and locations and types of operations this criminal knows that our adversaries will want to know about. But to our domestic far left and the far right of politics, he is now their hero.
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This Snowden fellow is Bradley Manning-esque.
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Zeke1, EscapeVelocity,

Gentlemen I have carefully watched the preparations for precisely this sort of contigency for the past year. There was an entire Twitter feed that went by the handle @ReginaldQuill that sought to link Ron Paul and all of his supporters to the Russians, simply because Dr. Paul used to appear (like many other critics of mainstream U.S politics) and was routinely interviewed here in the U.S. by the channel RT.

When Paul ran for president he dropped the RT appearances. But certain eternal Cold War operatives who've proven to be useful idiots or remarkably ineffective in fighting the Obama regime, like Clifford Kincaid, J.R. Nyquist, and others, were activated. Since that time while Quill disappeared after I exposed what he was up to in trying to tar all patriots with the 'Russian agent' label, I have observed the New York Times publishing a quite favorable article on the Russian AK-47 manufacturer Izmash, pointing out that 5,000 of their semiautomatic models were shipped to the U.S. within the past year or so. The NYT of course is no friend of gun rights, why suddenly would they portray a Russian manufacturer who ships to the U.S. in a positive light no less? Could it be that the DHS/Obama regime wants to link gun owners to foreign manufacturers in any way it can?

The final straw for me was the widespread reports that Tula works ammo was being sold at Wal-Marts across the country when domestic brands were being bought up by DHS. THINK gentlemen. Don't be fools. WHY would DHS want RUSSIAN ammo in the hands of patriots stocking up?

Don't let your natural Cold War suspicions be turned against you. Are Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage soft on Putin? Or do they simply recognize that Putin has prevented the Syrian Muslim Brothers from seizing Damascus, the same MBO backed by Obama that took over Tunisia and Egypt? THINK.
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Well, I finally figured out why he went to the Guardian and Glenn Greenwald. That is a start.

Im starting to warm up to this fellow. But still uncertain.
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SIGNS THAT SNOWDEN IS MORE HERO THAN VILLAIN?

Edward Snowden bravely or stupidly outed himself yesterday June 9, 2013, one day after the 64th anniversary of one of the great publishing events of the 20th century: George Orwell's 1984. A book about a lawless, corrupt, oppressive totalitarian surveillance dystopia. Moreover, the 29 year old Snowden was born in 1984 perhaps a sign that he's fighting genuine injustice and evil. Has Snowden blown the whistle on a gigantic and necessary security apparatus that serves the American people by keeping them safe but has been corrupted by Big Brotherism or Obamunism like the IRS with an out of control administration using the NSA to gather info on political opponents and use it against them? Is this what Snowden saw that so outraged his moral sensibilities and caused him at great personal risk to go public with the secret programs? Not the process of collecting data to find terrorists and foil their plots which is legal and necessary, but the criminal abuse? Is that what he saw? 1984 may be a sign that Snowden is more hero than villian. But we shall see.
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Bolton is a patriot, just a patriot on the Russian plan, not the American plan. Bolton is a morally bereft man and a liar. The Founding Fathers would consider him worse than King George. the Founding Fathers would want more Edward Snowdens and less John Boltons.
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Given our government (IRS) is not above harassing American citizens because of their political affiliation, why should I ever trust them to "not read" the information being collected by the NSA?
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Why is it that it is so often seems that it's chickenhawks who want to take my rights away? Why do they think they have that right? Why does anyone think they have that right? Bolton was in favor of the Vietnam war, just not for him as he joined the National Guard and stayed the whole time in the U.S.
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