Intelligence has thwarted plots to attack us and saved countless innocent lives. But that shouldn’t blind us to the need for debate and possible overhaul: not because of Edward Snowden, but because times have changed.
Journalism's circular firing squad, UK edition
While it might be a mite too early to assess the historic and political impact of Edward Snowden’s leaks of top secret NSA documents, the first casualty is already clear: journalism.
President Obama’s repeated comments that “there is no spying on Americans” and that “we don’t have a domestic spying program,” as he told Jay Leno, were contradicted by two revelations at the end of last week.
In fleeing to Russia, Edward Snowden joins a long, unhappy litany of American dissidents
In fleeing to Russia, Edward Snowden joins a long, unhappy history
At the now famous NSA hearing, a senator laid a dirty trap. Why we shouldn't applaud.
At the now famous NSA hearing, Ron Wyden laid a dirty trap for the man who runs the National Security Agency. Why we shouldn't applaud.
While no one was watching, the snooping story muscled all those other controversies out of the way
The story about extensive National Security Agency monitoring of electronic communications blew through Washington with hurricane force. And, like a hurricane, it fully consumed the attention of just about everybody who fell within its path. Oh, sure, there was a little gang huddling over here working on immigration issues and another one over there fretting about the Syrian rebels, but mostly people were coping with the storm.
Who knew that Moscow was on the way from Hong Kong to Quito?
As I write this, Edward Snowden waits in a "capsule" at a new hotel at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport until he takes off for Havana at 2:05pm tomorrow afternoon. In the meantime, he has been seen by an Ecuadorian doctor and Ecuador's ambassador to Russia, and has asked Ecuador for asylum. Snowden will have spent less than 24 hours in Russia, and will not have seen any of it: he can't leave the airport as he doesn't have a Russian visa.