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In the wake of the September 11 attacks many did not know what to do with the happening. But instead of allowing the attacks to be followed in an organic manner, the powers that be took over, started two wars, and clamped down on personal freedom. Of course the billions spent on war is a tremendous waste. But to rob individuals of their personal freedoms borders on totalitarian thinking… especially when radicals are outlined by covert agencies as targets for extortion. It needs to stop. The Bill of Rights is one of the cornerstones of our constitution, and when those rights are eroded, the state fills in the behavior of individuals with its own plans. Snowden might have been a criminal if he had stolen information from a congressional committee that deals with secret issues, being those individuals are lawmakers and have to get a picture of the going’s on at an international and national level. But even that is debateable if the covert element of operations last for over ten years. The idea the Snowden is a traitor is ridiculous, considering what came to light after his exposure of the NSA. It is easy to say the FISA court looks with responsibility over the basic rights of individuals. FISA should have the special place of the general vote, considering the fact that they operate in secrecy. (Maybe the general vote isn’t the best idea, but I think that some sort of watchdog close to the populace is necessary.) I myself have been faced with the radical-extortion method and feel extremely uncomfortable about it. I don’t tote around bombs, I don’t transport child pornography (much less look at it.) I don’t believe in violent means as a solution to crisis, and I certainly don’t believe myself a danger to my country. If anything, the opposite is true. I think it is time the liberal community stood up to the extortion and shoved it down the toilet.

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p.s. In truth I cannot deny the fact that I have been anti-social. I was in a university level academic credit dispute, which I won my way out of in 2009 …during that time my interest switched to creative writing and I self cancelled a publication (and have since published twenty five smaller publications and one mid sized publication.) I ask that you keep this quiet, though as I don't want anybody to go through the suffering I have endured over the past twelve years. As far as the credit dispute alone, there might be use for in in these days when so many students cannot find jobs, or owe on student loans…there seems to be a variety of reasons to think publication as a last ditch effort to really stand up against the academic establishment that has turned on its own.

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hsl,

 

well written post. I agree that Snowden isn't a traitor. Information about all of us is in public and private hands and it's gotten, out of hand, regarding privacy. After 9/11 immediately, people were saying, how could they do that to us. It wasn't like, gee, I didn't know there were some really bad folks out there --- terrorist types. That's been going on for many years. And I wasn't one who said our government was directly responsible in a lot of ways. That's not to say that our government hasn't done a lot of things that are not right, they have. But like you say our response was categorically foolhardy and did a lot of harm. We should have gone directly to Afghanistan and cleaned up on the source, and yes, screw the Taliban too. We messed up when we didn't react the right way. We had most of the civilized world on our side (yeah, terrorism affects all nation states}, perhaps Pakistan would be better off if we did but now, that's neither here nor there, or, as they say history --- we hope.

 

Where is it all leading, is what we need to ask ourselves. Seems like the genie's out of the box. Who is going to lead the next round of cyber wars? Where's it going to end, or is it? Seems like we're fighting a never ending war... or, isn't that what all the NSA, CIA people already knew?

 

I'm with you regarding the high cost for a decent education. Like many, I know a lot of really smart people who are straddled with heavy school debt and no job, or maybe one in the restaurant or coffee shop. We just hired a brilliant young man who was teaching the MCAT at a smidgeon above minimum wage for two years. And don't get me started about all the GI's who need more than just a dumb job at Walmart.

 

All this stuff isn't rocket science!

 

Peace!

 

Peace!

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