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Comment Re:Whistle blower (Score 1) 416 416

And all three of which went to prison for their technically illegal actions.

Wrong. Martin Luther King, Jr, Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony did NOT go to prison. They were arrested, booked and released. MLK spent some time in a local jail, but that's not the same as being sent to prison.

A better example for Snowden would be Daniel Ellsberg, who is now seen as a hero.

Comment Re:Whistle blower (Score 5, Insightful) 416 416

He should have gone on the Sunday talk shows and say, "the government is doing really sleazy, illegal and unconstitutional shit, and I am violating my oath and the law by telling you exactly what they are."

When your oath to the government requires you to keep government wrongdoing secret, the problem is not with the whistleblower, but with the government.

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 1) 416 416

The government, not wanting to validate that the information he leaked is indeed accurate, have not named the people he's gotten murdered. There's a list; it's not short.

And you've seen this list? You know about it because Raymond Reddington told you about it?

Nobody got killed because of anything Edward Snowden has done. Can you say the same about any American president in the past - I don't know - two hundred fucking years?

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 2) 416 416

If you fire a gun in an unsafe manner, you can be charged with attempted murder, for what you "could have" done. You can also be charged with attempted murder for stabbing someone who actually survives. You could have done many things. Things you do can have many outcomes, and some things you do are illegal. In response to your exact example, if you are driving in an unsafe manner, it is called reckless endangerment, because you "could" have injured someone with your reckless driving.

None of those charges carry the death penalty.

He also broke a contract (Non Disclosure Agreement), which has pretty strict terms in it.

That's a civil matter and certainly does not carry the death penalty.

Comment Hostile Takeover (Score 1) 402 402

I've offered them 14,500 bottle caps and $100 in NCR money. They want me to throw in 12 bottles of Nuka-Cola and a box of Fancy Lad Snacks because of some contractual obligation to Pudge.

We're still in negotiations. If I end up buying the place, I plan to paint it green and forward the link it to Soylent News.

Comment Re:Off Topic Editorial Complaint (Score 5, Funny) 416 416

So how many of you know that Slashdot is up for sale? It's been on the firehose [slashdot.org] and elsewhere on the web all morning, but, as near as I can tell, not on the Slashdot front page?

It's off the market now. I bought it earlier today for 14,500 bottle caps and $100 in NCR money. Also had to throw in 12 bottles of Nuka-Cola and a box of Fancy Lad Snacks, but that was just because of some contractual obligation they had to Pudge.

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 2) 416 416

What he did could easily have cost lives, so death would be on the table.

So, we give the death penalty for what someone could have done? That doesn't sound much like liberty to me.

Hell, I could have run over an old lady on the way home today, but I didn't. Does that mean I should get the death penalty too?

Comment Re:Whistle blower (Score 5, Insightful) 416 416

What Snowden did was technically illegal

For the record, what every single one of the Founding Fathers of the United States did was "technically illegal", too.

Boston Tea Party? technically illegal

Rosa Parks technically illegal

Susan B Anthony? technically illegal

Martin Luther King, Jr? technically illegal

So, Ms Lisa Monaco, go jump in the motherfucking sea. You suggest that the "right way" for Mr Snowden to react to finding that his government was doing illegal shit would be to "speak out about it. Well, madame spokesperson, how the fuck do you "speak out" about something that it's illegal to disclose?

Was Snowden supposed to go on the Sunday talk shows and say, "the government is doing really sleazy, illegal and unconstitutional shit, but I can't tell you what it is"? They'd have laughed at him.

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