Snowden, Obama’s Surveillance State & Anti-American Degrees


Posted on December 11, 2013 by Ruth O’Brien

Now that Germany is getting in line with theEuropean parliament, trying to fight and backing their new champion — Edward J. Snowden, President Barack Obama’s favorite anti-American hero or alleged outlaw — leftie filmmaker Michael Moore won’t have to hold hands with right-wing crazy Glenn Beck any longer.  The chorus against the United States’ surveillance state at home and abroad keeps getting louder.

As outrage against the least transparent president (okay, not the least, but he’s gaining stature as he gets more and more opaque) escalates, pundits of the far right and the bold left will no longer have to sing Snowden’s praises alone at home.  And perhaps, just perhaps, the editors of the three outlets giving voice to Snowden’s leaks could get a rest from all the Anglo-American governments bullying and intimidation.

Too bad Angela Merkel doesn’t ask President Barack Obama to meet her on the dais of the fine German public university for a publicly staged friendly handshake when the universityawards Edward his first honorary doctorate.

Barack could bury this legacy-tarnishing surveillance-state scandal by the academic year’s end if he would only start listening to the bipartisan or non-partisan chorus of complaints against his NSA’s spying.  But then again, maybe the president of this public university already asked Angela to ask Barack to start honoring Snowden back in June or July (academics do move at a glacial pace), and in listening in, Barack decided to duck this invitation.

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About Ruth O'Brien

Professor Ruth O'Brien, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY) & Honorary Unaffiliated Academic Book Series Editor for The Public Square, Princeton University Press & Heretical Thought, Oxford University Press, USA Last book: Out of Many, One: Obama & the Third American Political Tradition (U of Chicago 2013). Nickname: Professorette by Rush Limbaugh (see

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