"I watched a bit of Bachmann asking Alexander and when he said what Snowden did put American national security interest at risk, I had to stop cuz I was yelling "PROVE IT!"
What he put at risk was the system they have built for gathering intelligence. Whether or not he did something that will lead to direct harm to the US has yet to be determined, but he did endanger the machine.
Person has an important role with the government that is central towards a particular industry or topic. He/she is finally wooed by the private sector and paid greatly to exploit her insider knowledge to further a particular agenda for that private entity. Its the circlejerk of policy making.
While I agree with the overall point of this post there is a level of distinction that needs to be made. Manning was active duty military when he did what he did. Active duty military do not have the same rights as someone working for a newspaper does. His trial was a military one that also works from a different set of rules than a standard civilian court. Was Manning guilty? Yes, technically. Did he do evil? No, and I do not believe that there was malice in his decision.
It saddens me that we have come to this. The cornerstone of out justice system was that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. This person who is charged with enforcement of those laws seems to thing that the Cardassian justice system is better suited to getting the job done. For that simple statement he should be removed from duty as he clearly does not understand what his job actually is.
If companies like Walmart and similar stores support this, then it is not a good idea. Just like when At&t supports a piece of legislation. It should be an instant red flag, and cause everyone to raise an eyebrow.
I fear that while this is said to us upfront that there is some other deal being done behind the scenes that makes this all but pointless. I really have no faith in this administration when it comes to patent/copyright/technology legislation.