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As 'USA Freedom Act' Becomes Law, Movement Snowden Built Vows to Press On


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As 'USA Freedom Act' Becomes Law, Movement Snowden Built Vows to Press On

Jon Queally, staff writer

The law itself isn't nearly strong enough for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and his strongest supporters to put his actual name on it, but the signing into law of the USA Freedom Act on Tuesday, many say, would simply never have happened if the former contractor had never made the decision to give some of the spy agency's most closely held secrets to journalists approximately two years ago.

After passing the U.S. Senate in a 67 to 32 vote, President Obama signed the reform bill into law shortly after.


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Without Edward Snowden none of this would be happening. He is a hero.


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Sadly, this is just one more "feel good" operation of the government.
* When public feeling was found to be enormous and growing against the Surveillance system, Congress let a little of it expire, then brought back much of it under a catchy name (USA Freedom Act) so the people would think they had won the battle and could go back to sleep.
* More bills and riders will be passed and we will probably find ourselves more heavily surveilled than before. And, the government has a greatly expanded agitators watch list to keep an eye on.
;-})


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Correct Steve,

And because of the absurdity of "Presidential Signing Statements" you can be sure that the "Obamanation Against the Constitution" has penned into the margin a little Nixon disclaimer like:

"It's Not illegal if the President does it!"

Right before he signed it.


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I find myself bristling with journalistic application of "modest" [change] in this context. Finding it hard to articulate why, I thought about the etymology, that has a decidedly feminine cast to its origin in both human and qualitative implications. This is neither of these. It is the further privatization of benefit and socialization costs - externalization of societal values of, by and for corporate profit.

"Modesty both pleases and flatters a lover, for it lays stress on the laws which are being transgressed for his sake. " [Stendhal "de l'Amour," 1822]


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Everything is in place for an eventual brutal unveiling of Empire come home when there will no longer be any pretense by corporate governance of anything democratic whatsoever. Well maybe the masses will be mandated by law to vote.


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Though politicians gave 39 billion to Homeland Security in 2014, yesterday a study found that 99% of the time, planted agents were able to board airplanes carrying explosives and weapons. Instead of getting rid its useless 240,000 employees in what has become another jobs program, it will instead make their inspections more thorough. Cavity searches will be next.


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Mandating the masses to vote is Republican's worst nightmare.


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Oh, I dunno. Look at the millions or billions put into psyops to mold public opinion. Then again, the 0.001% puppetmasters run the official sock puppets for both "sides," so it makes no difference which one is in power. All that kabuki is just to give us proles the idea that we are in charge and make the big decisions.
;-})


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My comment presumed the existence of corporate governance no longer bothering with any pretense of democratic process whatsoever and as such a mandate by such governance would be a nightmare for the masses under such a mandate. Such a mandated vote according to the viewpoint of those mandating the vote would be a dream come true.

Today's governance in the US is already close to one fully dictated by billionaires and large corporations. The Republican party is no doubt fully fused with such governance, as is the current power center of the Democratic Party that relegates effectively the entire party membership no different than Republicans.

Your comment seems to run contrary to that fact.


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Partial measures of so-called reform don't work when dealing with an EMPIRE.

The EMPIRE will merely pretend to 'cut-back' a bit on the most visible crimes of tyranny 'at home' in the metropole of the Empire, and see how those crimes of Empire that were discovered can be better 'disguised' going forward.

The only way to stop an Empire from being an "Empire abroad and entailing tyranny at home" (as Hannah Arendt warned from her painful experience with the Nazi EMPIRE) is to not 'cut-back' but to 'cut-out' the cancerous tumor of EMPIRE everywhere --- abroad in the territories of the Empire and at home in the metropole of the Empire's tyranny!

No HALF-measures work with the cancer of EMPIRE --- it must be "adequately diagnosed", publicly 'exposed', and then non-violently 'excised'.

As Zygmunt Bauman hauntingly puts it, “In the case of an ailing social order, the absence of an adequate diagnosis…is a crucial, perhaps decisive, part of the disease.”13

Berman, Morris (2011-02-07). Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire (p. 22). Norton. Kindle Edition.


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How do you explain that countries with the highest voter turnout have the best governments?


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Don't the .001% in countries with good governance (as a result of having near 100% voter turnout) pour millions and billions into psyops to mold public opinion?


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As real patriots did 4 decades ago, I stand with Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden, because we cannot act wisely without knowledge and information. This is a good first step in demanding an open gov't. Sunlight is still the best disinfectant.