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Citizen Four is the shocking doc about Edward Snowden made by Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Just screened tonight was the two hour film which will be released by the Weinstein Company this month. It doesn’t paint the Obama administration in a very good light as Snowden explains how the government has violated privacy rights on a massive scale.
Also the filmmakers clearly indicate that all roads lead to POTUS, a fairly serious accusation. There may be serious repercussions.

Then there’s the Hollywoodization of Snowden. The detail of how and why Snowden went about this is pretty surprising considering how the 29 year old former NSA employee says he wants his own privacy and not to be a celebrity. It’s instructive to see his evolution from eyeglass wearing nerd to contact lenses and moussed up hair sporting hero of his own thriller. It’s all very Tom Cruise. Even the beautiful girlfriend sets up housekeeping with him in Moscow. Nevertheless as the details of the NSA’s programs are revealed Snowden says, “This isn’t science fiction. It’s really happening.”

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15 replies to this post
  1. All you idiots that voted for this incompetent traitor are getting all you deserve. It’s just criminal that those of us that can and did see through this incompetent traitor boob will be dragged down with the rest of you.

  2. Edward Snowden is both irresponsible, but also responsible for enlightening us about our government’s culpability in crossing the line in several respects that offended several allies, and many Americans. He also exploded the myth of open government. However it remains alarming that he took it upon himself to also reveal information far more damaging to this nation. Classified information has many twists and turns from a wide variety of trusted sources and even the most innocuous word or tit bit of information, can be the key to unlocking huge volumes of information of incalculable value to potential enemies. Unfortunately we do not always know what those key words may be. They may allow those with evil intent to identify, and then murder trusted resources, or allow them to change plans and strategies that at some future date harm Americans. Oftentimes we are our own worst enemy principally through our complacency, and the openness of our society. Finally, it is an extremely dangerous world where evil exits and it will use every avenue possible to breech or destroy our very way of life. Only our federal government stands between us and what we see daily in other parts of the world. Just remember, all of our Presidents have had the best interest of the American people in orchestrating their responsibilities. In times of war and threats, they need our support. I only regret that a few Congressmen who have never served in combat, or even the military are outrageous because many do not have sons or daughters in the military, while they have a very low threshold for wanting boots on the ground; such audacity.

  3. Lmao! Obama!
    He’s like having your own personal Richard Nixon breaking into your house and stealing your diary, every day.

    And the media gives him the keys and the Democratic Party turns your door knob.

  4. Oh come on. Nothing will come of this. Obama has comitted crimes that Nixon only dreamed of and he did it to the adoration and applause of his supporters

  5. I know Snowden is a true “living” American hero. He is wise for his age and working for the NSA, knows their usual dealings when they feel they have been wronged and living is the key word in the opening.That is why he went to Russia after the other choices were owing to the criminal US government and refused his asylum requests, In fact, it was Russia that offered him rather then the implied reverse. Putin is no saint by any means however, he has done more for the American people these last couple years then most of you who are reading this. Russia is outside the influence of the global elite. Do you all realize, that the people called indigenous Americans, born here, father’s mother’s born here, are the last in the world to know what crooks we have in Washington, for how long, and at what levels. Most are beginning to get freaked, (the world) despite knowing because, they are flat out acting like absolute lunatics, in how blatant they lie. The lies they do tell are so far fetched and so in your faces. I am freaked too! At all of you and how damn blind and in denial you all are!!!!

  6. I think if you study Obama long enough it doesn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to figure out where his priorities are…and most assuredly they’re not in America’s best interest.

  7. Death to the New World Order. Blow the lid open on the undeniable corruption and lies in the new reality that has gone far beyond George Orwell’s 1984.

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