Steven Aftergood: Sorting Out Snowden…

Steven Aftergood

Steven Aftergood

Sorting Through the Snowden Aftermath

Public discussion of the Edward Snowden case has mostly been a dialog of the deaf, with defenders and critics largely talking past each other at increasing volume. But the disagreements became sharper and more interesting over the past week.   . . . .   In an interesting response to Jack Goldsmith, Marcy Wheeler wrote that it is possible to comprehend — if not to reconcile — the sharply opposing views of the Snowden case if they are understood as a clash between professed American values (such as openness, privacy, and internet freedom) and American interests and actions (such as global surveillance and projection of military power). The former, “cosmopolitan” view presumes, however, that the favored values transcend, and can be sustained apart from, their national and institutional roots.

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Sep 21

YouTube (12:53) Citizen Soldiers: Let Them Serve

Citizen Soldiers: Let Them Serve examines the plight of service members who served in the Middle East who are struggling to find meaningful jobs and what they can offer our small cities, towns and villages.

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Sep 14

Del Spurlock: Mary McGrory on Telling Off The President About Black Dispair

Delbert J. Spurlock Jr.

Delbert J. Spurlock Jr.

Telling Off The President

Mary McGrory, The Washington Post, May 19, 1992

Speaking truth to power, once the province of courageous Old Testament prophets, is becoming the custom of the country. Just about everyone George Bush meets these days tells him off.

Bush asked for this by his clumsy partisan response to the upheaval that followed the Rodney G. King verdict. He blamed it all on Lyndon B. Johnson. Any fool knows that a man who kicks a casket at such a moment in the life of the nation has not a clue about what to do.

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Sep 12