David Miranda, Picking Through The Issue

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DM1There is considerable discussion of the detention of David Miranda and the lines are forming up.

On one side, those who seem to hate Glenn Greenwald and would probably justify any action against him or his partner, short of throwing them into Gitmo!

On the other, those concerned with the implications of the detention. I rarely find myself agreeing with Andrew Sullivan but he sums up the wider issue of Snowden’s exposé:

“Readers know I have been grappling for a while with the vexing question of the balance between the surveillance state and the threat of Jihadist terrorism. When the NSA leaks burst onto the scene, I was skeptical of many of the large claims made by civil libertarians and queasily sympathetic to a program that relied on meta-data alone, as long as it was transparent, had Congressional buy-in, did not accidentally expose innocent civilians to grotesque privacy loss, and…

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Republicans, Democrats both divided on whether media should report on secret anti-terror methods

Media Politics in Perspective

By Katie Reilly

DN_Media_ReportThe American public is divided in its approval of the government’s anti-terrorism surveillance programs as well as in its opinion about whether the news media should report on what it finds out about secret methods being used to fight terrorism.

A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 50% of Americans approve of the government’s collection of telephone and internet data as part of anti-terrorism efforts, while 44% disapprove. In addition, Americans are evenly divided about whether the news media should report on the government’s secret anti-terrorism methods, with 47% saying it should and an equal number disagreeing.

Both Democrats and Republicans reflect these divisions. Half (51%) in each party say the news media should not report information they obtain about the secret methods the government uses to fight terrorism. About the same percentage of Democrats (45%) and Republicans (43%) say the news media should report that…

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Snowden in Moscow, the end of Week Five

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An irony-laced wrap-up from Russia Today on America’s Most Wanted. . .

Leaker’s Labour’s Won: Snowden’s 5 week airport limbo as it was

The program notes:

One chapter in Edward Snowden’s saga was closed this week. The US whistleblower on-the-run has finally left the transit limbo of a Moscow airport, where he’s been stuck for more than a month. Snowden’s been granted temporary asylum in Russia — and has already received some job offers, including one from Russia’s biggest social network. While his whereabouts at the moment remain unknown, RT’s Lindsay France recaps the media’s chase for the former NSA contractor.

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Debate over NSA programs gets renewed attention amid terror threat

CNN Security Clearance

By Ashley Killough

There’s no proof that the current terror threats in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond were uncovered through a federal program that monitors domestic telephone data, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday.

“There’s no indication, unless I’m proved wrong later, that that program which collects vast amounts of … domestic telephone data contributed to information about this particular plot,” Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The scope of the secret program set off a political firestorm over civil liberties when a leaked document detailing it was published this summer. Officials say the program only collects metadata of domestic phone calls – under federal court permission – not actual conversations.

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Glenn Greenwald, Jeffrey Toobin Argue Over Bradley Manning Verdict

Media Politics in Perspective

By Jack Mirkinson

 

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin argued fiercely with Glenn Greenwald about the verdict in the Bradley Manning trial on Tuesday’s “AC360.”

Manning was found guilty on 19 counts, including six counts of espionage, for his leaks to WikiLeaks, but was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. Press freedom groups immediately criticized the ruling, and others worried it could intimidate future leakers and whistleblowers.

Toobin, though, thought the judge, Col. Denise Lind, had gotten it right. He called Manning’s leaks “appalling,” adding, “he should be going to prison and he will be.”

Greenwald said Toobin’s remarks showed that “if you’re sufficiently rich and powerful and well-connected in Washington, the laws don’t apply to you. You don’t get punished. The only people who do are people like Bradley Manning.” He compared Manning to Bob Woodward, who publishes classified information all the time. Toobin said the…

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Charlie Rose: Coverage of the Manning trial

Communications & Legal Studies

From Charlie Rose: “Coverage of the Bradley Manning trial with General Michael Hayden, Phil Mudd, Amy Davidson and Yochai Benkler. Michael R. Gordon of the New York Times ; Bobby Ghosh of Time magazine and Michael Hanna of the Century Foundation on the turmoil in Egypt. Air Date 7/29/2013”

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Jeffrey Toobin, Glenn Greenwald Debate Bradley Manning Verdict, Government Leaks (Video)

Left and Center

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CNN and New Yorker legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald had a spirited debate Tuesday night on the verdict reached in the Bradley Manning trial, and government leaks in general.

Toobin began by admitting that the “aiding the enemy” charge — of which Manning was justly acquitted — was excessive, but went on to laud the verdict as a whole, one which will almost undoubtedly result in life in a military prison for Manning. Greenwald pulled no punches in his defense of Manning and government leaks, labeling it “bizarre” and “baffling” that someone who calls himself a journalist would openly call for the criminal prosecution — and indeed persecution — of such an important leaker.

“And the thing that I find most bizarre is that anybody who would go into the field of journalism or call themselves a journalist who would call for the prosecution and imprisonment…

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