On the Media’s Bob Garfield on Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks and the NSA

Friday, August 02, 2013

It was a big week of news on the national security front. While NSA contractor turned leaker Edward Snowden was securing asylum in Russia, the Guardian newspaper, which first published his revelations, uncovered more about the agency's controversial surveillance programs. 


Meanwhile, lawmakers in D.C. also took up the issue, holding congressional hearings where Minnesota Democrat Al Franken vowed to introduce legislation that would force the Obama Administration to disclose more about the program.

On the Media Co-Host Bob Garfield says all these revelations have many Americans worried about the government's surveillance apparatus. A new Pew Research study finds that 56 percent of the public believes the courts aren't doing enough to put limits on the information collected. That's true for the first time since the September 11th attacks.

"A majority of Americans now believe that the courts are not providing sufficient protection against domestic spying. That they don't believe the administration is looking only at metadata, but are actually looking over our shoulders at our personal content and believe that the government has overreached," Garfield said.

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Comments [5]

ric m from fair oaks california

Let me see if i understand...The NSA takes away my rights to keep terrorists from taking away my rights? I would rather risk my life as a free man with all the liberties given me by the US constitution then live under a gov that uses as an excuse the threat of evil to forever take away my rights.Because after all no matter who takes away my rights the terrorist win...right?

Aug. 04 2013 06:10 PM
Calm from Toronto

I believe that this is the first song about Edward Snowden

Every Call You Make

Aug. 03 2013 07:16 PM

I wonder if Bob Garfield would have criticized refugees from communist countries for coming to the US when the US was supporting vicious rightwing governments that persecuted leftwingers. Or would he criticize a whistleblower who revealed some of Putin's secrets who fled here? Refugees and whistleblowers don't have a lot of choice in where they can go to be safe. There's a fair to middling chance Snowden would be subjected to abusive treatment if he came to the US even if he were willing to stand trial--it happened to Bradley Manning. So by Garfield's standards a Russian whistleblower should only flee to a country which is never ever criticized by Amnesty International. That leaves us out.

Aug. 03 2013 12:10 PM
J. from NJ

That Snowden does not wish to spend the rest of his life in jail, in now way diminishes the fact that he exposed, to the benefit of the American people and system, government surveillance like that of authoritarian states in what is supposed to be a transparent democracy. That he had "the temerity" to go to Russia--one of the few countries willing or able to stand up to U.S. pressure--does not diminish the benefit of his actions to the people of the U.S., transparency, and democracy. It only shows how far astray the current administration has taken the U.S. from it's constitutional principles by prosecuting whistle-blowers and reporters as spies.

Garfield's critique of Snowden as being a hypocrite for not happily skipping to a jail cell for the rest of his life--even if he is forced to go to an un-democratic state--is misguided and reveals Garfield as an armchair warrior.

Aug. 02 2013 09:14 PM
Wily Cat

56% --People are finally starting to wake up to what's going.

Aug. 02 2013 07:20 PM

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