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Snowden: Give That Man a Medal, Not a “Pardon”

Snowden: Give That Man a Medal, Not a “Pardon”

By Thomas L. Knapp In the days leading up to the official premiere of Snowden, Oliver Stone’s eponymous biopic of America’s exiled whistleblower, an international movement came together to pressure US president Barack Obama for a pardon. Executive absolution would make it possible for  Edward Snowden to return from Russia without facing a show trial […]

Snowden and Media Friends: L’etat, C’est Nous

Snowden and Media Friends: L’etat, C’est Nous

By Thomas L. Knapp “[T]he return of this information to the public marks my end,” Edward Snowden told the Washington Post’s Barton Gellman prior to telling that public — under the auspices of several journalists and publications — about the NSA’s PRISM program and other horrors of the modern American surveillance state. Snowden did indeed […]

Pwnd Again: Don’t Trust These Jokers With Your Information

Pwnd Again: Don’t Trust These Jokers With Your Information

    By Thomas L. Knapp There’s an old television trope — I’m not sure where it originated — in which a shady-looking character walks up to a group, flashes open his trenchcoat to reveal a bunch of cheap (and presumably stolen) timepieces, and asks “anyone wanna buy a watch?” That image springs to mind […]

Viewpoint: Liberal Pundit Slams Surveillance Policy

Viewpoint: Liberal Pundit Slams Surveillance Policy

By George Miller Anyone tracking what passes for MainStream “news” today could scarcely fail to notice the furor over NSA and other government extensive surveillance, not only of foreign terrorists, domestic terrorits and criminals- but EVERYONE. Yes, at this time it is evident that nearly all phone calls and electronic communications are being monitored. What’s […]