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New Yorker (May 14)

2018/ 05/ 16 by jd in Global News

National Security Adviser John Bolton said moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem was “merely ‘a recognition of reality,’ but it was actually a suspension of disbelief.” Though dignitaries at the opening ceremony were exuberant, “none of this alleviated the sinking feeling that young Gazans had gained the world’s attention, and sympathy, through their deaths” as Turkey and South Africa recalled their ambassadors to Israel while other countries lodged condemnations.

 

Chicago Tribune (September 19)

2016/ 09/ 20 by jd in Global News

Oliver Stone’s new movie on Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) leaker, opened amid renewed calls that he be granted amnesty. But in light of the damage his leak caused and is continuing to cause, Snowden “doesn’t sound like a whistleblower who should be celebrated.” He “sounds like someone who should be in a U.S. prison.”

 

Washington Post (December 19, 2013)

2013/ 12/ 21 by jd in Global News

“Blue-ribbon panels are often toothless and useless. But the eminences appointed by President Obama to review the out-of-control National Security Agency (NSA) have produced a surprisingly tough report filled with good recommendations.” The report bluntly stated that the NSA had obtained records on every call to or from the U.S., yet these mounds of intrusive data were essentially useless in preventing terrorism.

 

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