Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Most Insightful Commentary I've Read on the NSA's Global Surveillance Program

By Simon Jenkins here in The Guardian (which of course is now at the center of the controversy). While I agree with just about everything Jenkins writes, I cannot help but observe the irony of Jenkins' description of the US treatment of Manning and Snowden as "Putinesque," an explicit reference to the authoritarian ruler of Russia, the country to which Snowden "defect[ed]" from the United States. That irony hardly diminishes Jenkins' main point, which is that the US and the UK should be better at protecting civil rights and liberties. Unfortunately, the "surveillance state" is running amok.

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