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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Sunday, August 25, 2013

What's The Outcome?

Where are the Snowden leaks going?

Part of the problem of Greenwald's plaintiff's briefs are that they allow for him to be the messenger.  His threats against the British government when they detain his husband to try and recover - let's face it - stolen goods make him the story.

I don't think the NSA is systematically invading the privacy of Americans.  I don't think what Snowden reveals is a system put into place to spy on Americans.

I do think it reveals an NSA that accidentally spies on Americans and that allows people within the NSA to do things they shouldn't be allowed to do.

Just as the FISC ordered the NSA to stop sweeping up citizen's emails in their sweeps, I'd like to see Congress put reforms in place to greater protect the civil liberties of US citizens.  I want to make sure that the ONLY use of this metadata collection is to thwart attacks against the US, not drug trafficking or criminal behavior.

But that becomes hard when Greenwald (and Snowden, too) are the story.

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