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How Snowden’s Revelations Have Strengthened the NSA

by Gary North, Lew Rockwell:

It has been a year since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA.

I appreciate what Snowden did. His decision to leak the stolen documents has done the conservative movement an enormous favor. It has blown to smithereens the greatest single myth of conservatism: “If the American people knew about this, there would be an uprising.” No, there wouldn’t.

Here is a variation: “If the voters knew what is being done to them by the Conspiracy, they would throw out the conspirators at the next election.” No, they wouldn’t.

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2 comments to How Snowden’s Revelations Have Strengthened the NSA

  • blounttruth

    I usually agree with the folks over at, however this time I must disagree. While the revelations are still being exposed as recently as last week nothing in Washington gets done quickly, and there are more than enough folks speaking out against the NSA’s programs, most importantly the youth. To many young people in school today Greenwald and Snowden are hero’s, and the youth understand the importance of password protected sites such as Facebook and the perils of “getting hacked” via their favorite video games MMORPG’s. The youth coming up are far more tech savy and are dismissive of NSA policies. While the author of the article is correct when relating to the boomers, the boomers are not going to be around for much longer, and although many of them vote for the best liar in politics, the youth are becoming more involved and more active, on the side of Liberty and less on the side of blind statism, and I foresee this being the most important factor.

    The boomers cheered indefinite detention, torture, and anything that would advance killing Muslims and war; but the youth are more apt to be realists when their class mates and friends are Muslims and they simply know better than the forced anti Muslim racism Beck spreads at the behest of his betters along with most at fox news, redstate, and other neo conservative coup supporting websites and media outlets.

    Only time will tell, but by my estimation the NSA will be closely monitored now that the cat is out of the bag, and possibly over the years would we implant liberty lovers in positions of power we may see the likes of Alexander and others on the chopping block, facing war crimes tribunals and his cronies facing treason charges, oh what a day that will be.

  • Dissolution

    Good article, good points. My personal contention is that this whole charade has been a let-the-cat-out-of-the-bag/frogs on slow-boil combo. There is something coming that, if put upon the people all at once, there likely WOULD have been a massive response. But in order to avert that, they have done it little by little, sensing just what Gary North has implied here: that they could get away with it. So they did, and so they have. And what is coming will pass like a fart in the wind, and only an unfortunate minority will smell it and cringe.

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