Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Edward Snowden May Now Be in Iceland

There has been no confirmation of this but there is now a claim that Edward Snowden passed through Norway on the way to Iceland.  It is most unusual that neither The Guardian nor WikiLeaks has said anything on the matter but the claim appears credible.  (The Nordic Page:  Pirate Party Norway: - Snowden Passed Through Norway to Iceland)

All the while, Secretary of State, John Kerry, has been sputtering about Washington's displeasure with countries that have harbored him and have not turned him over to the U.S.  The absurdity of expecting cooperation from countries the NSA has been hacking is dropping U.S. credibility possibly lower than it has ever been.

The ineffectuality of the NSA, CIA, etc in the pursuit of Snowden has become highly amusing as, despite the billions they have spent on spying and data collection, they have had no idea where he is.  They have focused so heavily on systems terrorists apparently don't even use (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc) that the data they are collecting is not only a gross invasion of privacy and a violation of the Fourth Amendment but it serves little to no effect in locating terrorists.  From what I've read Undernet.Org is an IRC group and this and similar types of vehicles are where the really bad guys hang.  (I have not visited that site and have no interest in seeing it)

I'm reasonably optimistic that Snowden will make it to a safe haven and the U.S. will be held accountable for its violations of law.  People around the world are rallying to support him as there is a very widespread rejection of U.S. policy and its abuses of the Constitution.  The gangsterism of the last decade are unacceptable in a free world and the U.S. will have to work quite diligently to regain any credibility after this.

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