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 often-asked – 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.”…

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  • aaron

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

    • BuzzCoastin

      democracy
      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

      • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

        the American Indians had Liberty

        lol
        sorry,
        not at the peoples implied
        but the words employed

        Dog Bless Cultural Imperialism®

  • BuzzCoastin

    disingenuous
    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

    • HCE

      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

        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

        it’s his attempt to stay irrelevant

  • Jonas Planck

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

  • Juan

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

    • BuzzCoastin

      don’t hold back
      he’s the traitor

      • MellissaFountaineba

        my classmate’s
        aunt makes $68 every hour on the computer . She has been fired for 7 months but
        last month her paycheck was $15495 just working on the computer for a few
        hours. visit the site R­e­x­1­0­.­C­O­M­

  • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

    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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