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Posted on November 20, 2013 by Ruth O’Brien

FINALLY, Obama’s National Security Agency(NSA) gives us, the public, pages and pages (hundreds of pages of newly declassified documents) about its surveillance state. To be sure, it’s a surveillance state built on top of the George W. Bush surveillance state.

This is quite a lot to think about — documents we can incorporate into American political thought.  It is not likely to constitute the kind of thought that would make anyone proud to proclaim that they are American, yet it’s definitely bipartisan, so the GOP should stop its yapping about Obama’s hypocrisy and start wondering how a liberal got so “hard” after decades of being supposedly soft and liberal.  And Obama should think about how to start forgiving Snowden, rather than trying to be the most effective president to prosecute leakers under the 1917 Espionage Act.