How can anyone claim with a straight face that there is robust oversight when even members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are so constrained in their ability to act that they are reduced to issuing vague, impotent warnings to the public about what they call radical "secret law" enabling domestic spying that would "stun" Americans to learn about it, but are barred to disclose what it is they're so alarmed by? Put another way, how can anyone contest the value and justifiability of the stories that we were able to publish as a result of Edward Snowden's whistleblowing: stories that informed the American public - including even the US Congress - about these incredibly consequential programs? What kind of person would think that it would be preferable to remain in the dark - totally ignorant - about them?
Monica S Mcfeeters
onto AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US
Following this story as close as possible is surely a duty of every citizen to ensure the security and validity of our government remaining a government for the people by the people. People can't be governing if they are kept uninformed and in the dark.
Our proxy representative government has become too small and trusted too much for too long to serve growing masses without corruption of the intended process. Translate the last line to meaning "we the people" have been sitting on our hands entertaining ourselves to death letting a few mostly, well intended people we elect attempt to shape our lives without us even getting in the game planning or paying much attention.
The sleeping giant, which is the free people of the United States, needs to wake-up now. The people of our nation have always been its real power and we do not need to lay our rights down and move aside. This spying that eventually allows oppression of speech and innovative ideas has been used extensively in communist and militarily, enforced socialistic regimes and always to suppress opposing ideas that challenge the powerful. We are lucky a number of young, warrior, citizens have been willing to but their life on the line to bring this to a citizen review. Choosing to ignore our responsibility to look over the truth and decide what we think about it would be foolish at best.
In case you are just getting wind of this attempt to waken the American public and even the citizens of the world with knowledge and the war against their efforts here are some other whistleblower, rebels for truth to be exposed;
Aaron Swartz felt public funded efforts which include our personal data and college research should not be held captive behind private company pay walls for access or sharing. http://boingboing.net/2013/01/24/aarons-army.html
Bradley Manning who attempted to hold a mirror up and show a reflection of the conduct of war. Warning on adult content from Marine Ethan McCord:
Jeremy Hammond, before Snowden hacked to shine a light on Spying on a grand multinational scale for governments and corporations by a private company. http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130528/11363423231/lulzsec-hacker-jeremy-hammond-pleads-guilty-to-cfaa-charge-faces-10-years.shtml
And of course the most recent rebel Snowden as he exposes the depth and breath of spying on all citizens: https://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/13-4
Last, we remember the rebel founder of wiki-leaks Julian Assange that allowed some of these rebels a voice: