The Empty Seat

It appears that Edward Snowden did not share his precise itinerary with the global media:


Those left on board the Aeroflot flight to Havana will no doubt devote their time to sober meditation on the role of journalism as a necessary check against unfettered state power:

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Maybe all the booze that would normally be consumed by passengers on Aeroflot found its way into the bloodstream of John Kerry, who as America’s top diplomat supposedly in the midst of delicate discussions with his Russian and Chinese counterparts, chimed in with the rather abrasively impolitic ……

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Of course, what Mr. Snowden champions is not “internet freedom”, but rather the fundamental human rights and protections against tyranny that are so precisely articulated in the United States Constitution. The NSA and its affiliated agencies in the vast networks of surveillance and control have been making fetid hash from what used to be considered inviolable and inalienable. We recall the delightful quote from that other great paragon of American statesmanship, Henry Kissinger:

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Now the unconstitutional takes no time at all — the NSA rocks the Bill of Rights all around the clock. Mr. Snowden took a stand against such profoundly abusive violation of individual rights; for this he must be chased down, dragged into a secret court somewhere, convicted of God knows what, and then disappeared. Or perhaps his disappearance has already become part of our secret history?

Former Bush mouthorgan Ari Fleischer sent out the following tweet this morning:

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