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Comment: Re:Fuck Snowden (Score 1) 221

by cold fjord (#48234061) Attached to: When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

It isn't just a question of there being "enemies of the state," but rather there being enemies willing to kill in large numbers.

If the enemy doesn't get tired of attacking, should the US just stop defending and let people die? Or should the US just surrender, force people to convert to Islam, and institute Sharia?

Comment: Re: Snowden (Score -1, Troll) 221

by cold fjord (#48233235) Attached to: When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

Snowden admitted that he took the job at NSA to steal documents. He planned it from the beginning.

There is no evidence that he made a meaningful attempt to complain about the legality of the programs. You would think that since he managed to steal 1,700,000 documents that he might have managed to nab a personal email or two to demonstrate that, but no. Why not? Maybe because it never happened and was irrelevant to his plan from the start which was to steal documents.

The surveillance programs were backed by Congress, the President, and some were even subject to the courts. In previous cases that have tested similar questions the courts have accepted them. So who appointed Snowden to overthrow the process of our democratic form of government as well as damage the security of America's allies?

There are a number of interesting parallels between Snowden's case and that of Kim Philby. Both apparently were driven by ideology. Philby was driven by communism. Snowden became disaffected with the US years before he stole the documents, and displays a misinformed and warped view of the Constitution and law of the US. Snowden seems to have something of a martyr complex as well. I have little doubt he quite satisfied with himself.

As to other rewards involving payments, who can tell? We can't exactly see his bank account, can we?

One thing we can note if the growing number of instances of odd actions or statements by Snowden that are suspicious. Why did the Russian government claim to be surprised by Snowden's arrival when he is reported to have stayed for days at the Russian embassy in Hong Kong? How did it happen that a personal friend of Putin that is also on the public committee of the successor agency to the KGB is the lawyer representing Snowden in Russia? Where is the proof that he really tried to file complaints in the NSA? (He can steal Australian plans to bug Indonesian government officials, but not is own emails? Really?) Snowden claims to have been a spy, and yet his job was a system administrator. The list goes on, and on.

Comment: Re:Fuck Snowden (Score 1, Interesting) 221

by cold fjord (#48233189) Attached to: When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

Benjamin Franklin opened other colonist's mail for intelligence purposes in the Revolutionary War. George Washington ran a spy ring during and after the Revolutionary War that spied on other colonists.

It seems there is more to establishing and keeping the American Republic than you understand. Perhaps you just aren't capable. What a pity.

Comment: Re:Not just "unreasonable". (Score 1) 221

by cold fjord (#48233149) Attached to: When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

You seem to be making brazenly irrational claims of treason not supported by the Constitution which strictly limits charges of treason and its proof. You don't know what you are talking about when it comes to the Constitution or the law. You also apparently have a footgear fetish.

Comment: Re:Not just "unreasonable". (Score 1) 221

by cold fjord (#48233059) Attached to: When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

As I see it, every agency that has a hand in the domestic surveillance programs detailed by Snowden is in violation of Federal law, and yes these are felonies. From Title 18 of the United States Code:

Very nice, but I see you neglected to quote any of the legislation authorizing the activities of the intelligence agencies.

Any reason for that?

Comment: Re:Snowden (Score 1) 221

by cold fjord (#48233033) Attached to: When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

I think it's highly probable that both Russia and China already had much of what Snowden took with him on his laptop.

I find that people repeatedly make whatever assumption is necessary to give Snowden a pass.

One question though: Russia started making significant upgrades to its electronic surveillance and intelligence systems after Snowden's leaks. They also moved off from computers to typewriters for some highly sensitive documents. If they already knew all that Snowden stole, why would they do that now? Why not earlier?

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