Obama Administration Releases Treasure Trove of NSA Documents

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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.

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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 http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Faculty/Core-Bios/Ruth-O-Brien)

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