Mudcat Café message #3552337 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #151099   Message #3552337
Posted By: Songwronger
24-Aug-13 - 07:53 AM
Thread Name: BS: The NSA Scandal/Snowden
Subject: RE: BS: The NSA Scandal/Snowden
The American "left" and Edward Snowden

...Increasingly, journalists and publications that publish such exposures are coming under state attack, as seen in the US-UK attacks on the Guardian newspaper and the detention and interrogation of David Miranda, the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald.

In their response to the Snowden revelations, the various representatives of the milieu of "left" liberals and pseudo-left organizations have displayed a staggering level of indifference, complacency, and outright hostility to Snowden.

A typical example was given on MSNBC last month by Melissa Harris-Perry, a Tulane University professor of political science, contributor to the Nation magazine and a supposedly "left" supporter of the Democratic Party and the Obama administration....

Echoing Obama, Harris-Perry accepted the legitimacy of the claim that the systematic violations of the Constitution were motivated by concern for the security of the American people, and called for a "debate" on the need to "balance" democratic rights with national security. Snowden, she declared, was impeding such a "debate" by focusing attention on his own plight—as though he was to blame for the international dragnet against him carried out by the Obama administration....

Fuck her and fuck Obama. There's no "debate" on balancing spying with the constitution. It's despicable the way Obama has seized on this situation and tried to convince us he needs to listen to our phone calls.