the definition of wiping the smile off someone’s face, sweet
Another media lapdog bites the dust : ) The greatest comfort some of us have these days is watching Glenn Greenwald kick ass.
It would be irresponsible to not point out that Ruth Marcus’ husband is
Jon Leibowitz, who revolving-doored from a the Federal Trade Commission, where he oversaw a sham of a settlement with Google, to join uber corporate law firm Davis Polk.
Ruth Marcus is, to use her own phrase, a complete tool of the intelligence-industrial establishment.
Marcus is indeed a tool, allan, a remarkably dull one at that, despite making use of transparent rhetorical devices to shift and control the conversation, rather than honestly addressing the questions, which Snowden’s revelations have laid bare before all of us. She says, in her opinion, that Clapper lied, should be ashamed and then suggests that it would be very hard, implying virtually impossible, to prosecute him. Failing, deliberately, both to “understand” that it was Snowden’s revelation which exposed Clapper’s lies to the people, and to the political class in DC, which includes the media, or to acknowledge that her claim that Clapper’s deceit is hard to prove while Snowden’s “guilt” is easy to assume, suggests precisely the double standard Greenwald just mentioned.
She refuses to hear what Daniel Ellsberg says about the changes which have occurred, politically, since he made available the Pentagon Papers, after having praised him for his considered behavior, when he explicitly makes clear that such a pathway is simply no longer possible … on the one hand, she speaks most highly of Ellsberg, and on the other, she dismisses his words without any consideration at all, with the intent of encouraging others to imagine that she makes sense and that they should follow along … her purpose, in all of her palaver, is not honest debate, or serious discussion, but the blatant manipulation of opinion. It is classic, both in the vanity of its self-importance, and its utter ubiquity … as … the established standard operating procedure of the propaganda machine that is the US media.
Great post, jbade, thank you.
Recommended to the front page.
It is a great post. Marcus has no idea that in calling for Snowden’s prosecution and conviction while not calling for the prosecution and conviction of all others who have violated the law in this context she’s just illustrating Glenn’s central point, that when used by the Government, the law is now nothing but a tool of repression and oppression used the Government when it suits its political purposes, but overlooked and ignored when it doesn’t.
It’s apparent that there have been wholesale violations of law by both high-level NSA officials and operatives. Before Snowden is prosecuted and punished for his alleged violations of law, NSA people who have broken the law need to be prosecuted and punished, because their violations of law strike at the very heart of our democracy and are much more serious than Snowden’s violations in the course of his whistle-blowing.
There is, of course, the issue of whether whistle-blowers should be I prosecuted and punished at all? I don’t think we want a system where that kind of prosecution is possible. It gives entirely too much power to bureaucracies that have fallen into a pattern of illegal behavior that undermines democracy. Ultimately whistle-blowers are our best defense against an out of control government that is overstepping its bounds. If we refuse to protect them, then we don’t deserve to be a free people.
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