The Demonization Machine Cranks Up Against Edward Snowden… “It’s always instructive to see who quickly takes the government’s side in a dispute with a whistleblower, and what kind of argumentation they deploy. David Brooks was certainly a predictable candidate. Here’s a sampling of a few others:”
The Demonization Machine Cranks Up Against Edward Snowden
Reason ^ | 11 Jun 2013 | Matt Welch
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 1:56:13 PM by oblomov
It’s always instructive to see who quickly takes the government’s side in a dispute with a whistleblower, and what kind of argumentation they deploy. David Brooks was certainly a predictable candidate. Here’s a sampling of a few others:
Think you’re a loser just because you dropped out of high school and never finished
Think you’re a dud just because you work as a security guard even though you dreamed of becoming a global savior?the military training you began?
Well, don’t beat yourself up. You, too, can become an international super spy like Edward Snowden.
Real whistleblowers don’t flee the country.
Richard Cohen, Washington Post columnist, employee at the Post for 45 years:
In a remarkably overwrought interview conducted by the vainglorious Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian,
Snowden cited not one example of the programs being abused. Greenwald wrote that Snowden “lines the door of
his hotel room with pillows to prevent eavesdropping” and that “he puts a large red hood over
his head and laptop when entering his passwords to prevent any hidden cameras from detecting them.”
Greenwald said that “Snowden will go down in history as one of America’s most consequential
whistleblowers.” I think he’ll go down as a cross-dressing Little Red Riding Hood. [...]
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