That point was about 6 months ago. On Slashdot, where there's a pretty vocal community who thinks Bluray ISOs of the latest Hollywood releases "want to be free,"
Not really. I just won't buy BluRay releases until the MPAA get their fingers out of my hardware and remove DRM. The pirates have the better product that I can use in ways that I want to use them rather than their "our way or the highway" approach that isn't even backed by law in a lot of ways, just draconian corporate policy. So as far as I'm concerned, studios that sign up with them are complicit idiots that deserve to burn right along with them.
So yeah, as far as I'm concerned I would love to sit and watch that whole industry burn. Through illegal means if necessary. I lost any sympathy I had for them about a decade ago.
any secret data reveal is presumed to be some kind of a public service.
Any secret data that involves the government targeting Americans as if they were criminals with no due process IS ABSO-F**KING-LUTELY a public service. His personal motives don't matter to me much. He's done a good thing by helping to throw a monkey wrench (or at least a small screwdriver) in the gears driving the New World Order.
Any blow against tyranny is a good one regardless of the initial motives. If they were worried about their "national secrets" maybe they should gather these secrets legitimately according to the laws of the United States of America without attempting to redefine the English language to justify their illegal, immoral acts against the people.
Snowden long ago exposed himself as just a guy interested in finding as much as he could find about government secrets, then indiscriminately dumping that information on the press.
If this was true, either way, who gives a shit? I don't care about Snowden the man. I don't care about his personality. I don't care if he's a douche. Regardless, it was something that needed to be done.
Maybe not intentionally, but he certainly is. And any chaos and instability he creates I view as a positive and necessary thing. Our government needs to be reigned in and taught exactly who they hell they work for and who owns them again.
I'm not mad that both the NSA and CIA dropped the ball. I'm glad they are incompetent. I'm glad they did it. Folks that incompetent that are willing to break the law (and rarely face consequences) shouldn't be in control of the biggest spy machine on the planet if they can't keep simple checks and balances and well...... follow the law. There never should have been so much *scope* to infiltrate to begin with.
I find it hilarious that folks want to crucify Snowden for breaking the law but think the NSA just needs to get better at it and adjust some procedures (which will be ignored anyway).
These people are uncaring, brutal tyrants that care nothing about your freedom or securing your rights. They are there to subvert them and therefore have no legitimate right to exist. Period.