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July 2013
A big thank you to Daniel Ellsberg for his column
on Edward Snowden in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat (“Snowden made the right call”), In my opinion, this is one of the most important
pieces of journalism I’ve yet to read on the NSA Snowden affair.
Ellsberg clarifies where our country’s ideals of freedom were in
1971 and how far away from any of those ideals we have come in the
past 40 years. It tears my loyal heart in two when Ellsberg recalls
being released $50,000 bond and his own recognizance compared with
Bradley Manning’s three years of imprisonment, including eight
months of solitary confinement, with no charges. Ellsberg stated
that what Snowden “has given us is our best chance…to rescue
ourselves from out-of-control surveillance that shifts all
practical power to the executive branch and its intelligence
agencies.”. Face it or not folks, we are living in a police state.
Ellsberg’s column is our wake up call.