Privacy Quote

Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.
–Edward Snowden

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Everything you need to know about Obama’s NSA reforms, in plain English

Everything you need to know about Obama’s NSA reforms, in plain English.

Too little, too late. The NSA (and the rest of the spy apparatus) needs reform, we get minor changes. I can’t imagine that this will satisfy anyone.

These “reforms” strike me as more of a privatizing of the spy network than real reform.

Clemency for Edward Snowden Would Not Set a Dangerous Precedent – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic

Clemency for Edward Snowden Would Not Set a Dangerous Precedent – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic.

A more detailed case for pardoning/commuting Snowden.

When should a leaker of government secrets be forgiven rather than jailed? Here are some possible standards:

  • When the leak reveals lawbreaking by the U.S. government
  • When the leak reveals behavior deemed unconstitutional by multiple federal judges
  • When a presidential panel that reviews the leaked information recommends significant reforms
  • When the leak inspires multiple pieces of reform legislation in Congress
  • When the leak reveals that a high-ranking national-security official perjured himself before Congress
  • When the leak causes multiple members of Congress to express alarm at policies being carried out without their knowledge.

The Snowden leak meets all of those thresholds, among others.