xeni at July 3rd, 2013 13:30 — #1
To Edward Joseph Snowden, from his dad: "Thomas Paine, the voice of the American Revolution, trumpeted that a patriot saves his country from his government. What you have done and are doing has awakened congressional oversight of the intelligence community from deep slumber; and, has already provoked the introduction of remedial legislation in Congress to… READ THE REST
rhyolite at July 3rd, 2013 15:08 — #2
It is a nice letter and it mostly puts the focus where it should be: getting congress to investigate, assert oversight, repeal portions of the Patriot Act and de-fund the offending programs.
Still, it repeats the change that Snowden is stateless, which is false. He is a US citizen who has had his passport revoked because there are outstanding warrants for his arrest. Being a fugitive is not the same as being stateless.
mrscience at July 3rd, 2013 21:43 — #3
Interesting letter. A bit stilted in parts, which leads me to wonder if there's a code within. I'm sure the NSA will be sending a few cycles pouring over it at the very least.
purplestater at July 4th, 2013 06:17 — #4
Just wow. That's awesome.
I remember, as a kid during the Vietnam era, frequently seeing bumper stickers that said "My country, right or wrong". That always left me really confused, because my parents instilled in me a sense of right & wrong, and the belief that you should never do wrong. A nationalist believes in that slogan. A patriot believes that his country should do the right thing, in accordance to it's laws and constitution (where applicable), even when it hurts or is embarrassing.
xeni at July 8th, 2013 13:30 — #5
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