Al Gore on NSA: ‘A Threat to the Heart of Democracy’

Al’s just making quite sure that he’s unelectable in case the Clintons tap him as a running mate again. Right? From PandoDaily:

One of the most oftenasked – and polled – questions in the whole debate about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is about his status. Is he a traitor or a hero? In the era of mass surveillance, it is the kind of query that may end up being one of those epochal Rorschach tests –  a question like, say, where you stood on the Vietnam or Iraq wars.

At Southland today, former Vice President Al Gore did not offer a definitive answer to the traitor-hero question, but he did weigh in more on one side than the other. After slamming both government and corporations for collecting too much information on individuals, Gore said this about the hero-traitor question:

I hear this question all the time…I’m like most people, I don’t put (Snowden) in either one of those categories. But I will be candid – if you set up a spectrum, I would push it more away from the traitor side. He clearly violated the law (so) you can’t say OK what he did is alright. It is not.

But what he revealed in the course of violating important laws included violations of the Constitution that were way more serious than the crimes he committed. In the course of violating important laws he also provided an important service because we did need to know how far this has gone.

Gore also told the crowd that his initial reaction to Snowden’s revelations was “dismay that [NSA surveillance] had gone as far as it has.”…

[continues at PandoDaily]


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  1. Al Gore and the NSA: A Threat to the Heart of Democracy.

    • BuzzCoastin | Jun 13, 2014 at 11:01 pm |

      a term frequently bandied about
      has never actually existed in the US or Duh Homeland
      aMerka has always been a “democratic” replica of the British monarchy
      with Liberty being a concept
      that one day wee sheeple evolve into a reality of Liberty
      and until then
      god save the prez & federal gruberment

      • the American Indians had Liberty

        not at the peoples implied
        but the words employed

        Dog Bless Cultural Imperialism®

  2. BuzzCoastin | Jun 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm |

    not candid or sincere,
    typically by pretending that one knows less about something
    than one really does

    synonyms: insincere, dishonest,
    untruthful, false, deceitful, duplicitous, lying, mendacious

    • Politicians generally don’t do something publicly unless there is something to gain. What did Al Bore stand to gain here, I wonder.

      • Adam's Shadow | Jun 13, 2014 at 10:47 pm |

        Bolstering his brand, I think; most talking head media on either side of the aisle is just that. Gore reminds me of the “liberal” version of Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, and guys like that. “What will sell the most books to the party faithful given the current political climate? Let’s do that.”

      • BuzzCoastin | Jun 13, 2014 at 10:56 pm |

        it’s his attempt to stay irrelevant

  3. Jonas Planck | Jun 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm |

    inB4 global warming’s fake and I made the internet!

  4. Who the fuck cares what this ham faced asshole says anyway? Fuck him.

    • BuzzCoastin | Jun 13, 2014 at 10:52 pm |

      don’t hold back
      he’s the traitor

      • MellissaFountaineba | Jun 14, 2014 at 2:29 am |

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  5. Doesn’t this guy have three private jets, a small fleet of hummers, and giant bus waiting to take him on yet another presidential consolation prize tour?

    Dafuq he find time to expel more carbon?

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