I still am feeling out this Snowden guy, but man oh man, are the chattering classes of elites on guard. Liberals seem to be half and half, but you at least now know which of your friends is a pure statist and who has liberal principles. You can tell the necocon vs. conservative/libertarians as well. It's been fun to witness. The big split seems to be Boomer vs. everyone else. Was there any doubt the Boomers would get prickly? Waddling into the mess is Naomi Wolf. She has a nice, cathedral apparatchik smearing of Mr. Snowden and needling of his motives, his life and even into his soul. Maybe she'll turn out right that he isn't who he purports to be, but reading her little bitch-fest, I could smell the Boomer over whiffs of journalist scum.
Wolf cites how Snowden is super-organized, used slides for a presentation, he is calm, throws out what may happen to him, how the police state would want this and oh no, his cute girlfriend is always shown in pole dance poses. Naomi, step outside your pampered Jewish pseudo-academic life and take a look at Snowden from a POV who may understand a Millenial man and dislike the system. Shot with a great cameraman and of high quality? Naomi, there are teens with Iphones who shoot better than TV productions from 10 years ago. Time flies and tech advances. Snowden is super-organized because he is a product of our education system and involved in IT and government contracting. You dipshit Boomers didn't teach us to critically think and form our own opinions but we put together tons of presentation projects (thank you Powerpoint) and were rewarded on crossing ts and dotting is. IT and government contracts engage in the same monotony. The guy's been trained to use slides.
From an interview demeanor standpoint, you don't know this because you're a journalist/academic hack, but Snowden's calm because he's not a neurotic Jew (familiar to you), and he isn't a Boomer who will overemphasize everything to make it more important. He might also be on some anti-anxiety meds like so many men now. Snowden mentions the possible end to his story to inform people of his risk because people have become desensitized to stories as we all think everyone is getting paid to tell their 15 minutes (hint hint, you media types did this). Yes, the police state may want this. That is your best point. His hot girlfriend is paraded out in scandalous pics because the media is defending Obama and wants to smear Snowden as involved with a skank therefore Snowden is discredited. It's like showing Trayvon's 12 year old pic despite him being 6 foot 1 and age 17 when shot, just in reverse. See: Snowden bad for going after liberal system, Trayvon good for being black. Am I explaining this in simple enough terms?
See, Naomi, it makes sense when you aren't an aging Boomer beyond one's prime who spent decades deep in the media. In fact, let's review a book you wrote. Check your Wikipedia page. Here's your roadmap for a fascist movement to destroy a democratic state (italics are mine):
- Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy (terrorism, changing in form DHS ads)
- Create secret prisons where torture takes place (check)
- Develop a thug caste or paramilitary force not answerable to citizens (check, minority gangs)
- Set up an internal surveillance system (check, NSA-DHS-FBI-IRS)
- Harass citizens' groups (check, IRS targeting Tea Party)
- Engage in arbitrary detention and release (check, indefinite detention)
- Target key individuals
- Control the press (check, hey that's you)
- Treat all political dissidents as traitors (check)
- Suspend the rule of law
There are many good Boomers out there. There are many who served in Nam when they couldn't get a draft deferral or had a bad lottery number. Many got chewed up by downsizing and outsourcing. Many raised families and did a good job. Another bunch of Boomers tore at the fabric of society and tried to overturn the entire system only to sell out lickety split for big bucks in the '80s and '90s. You assholes threw Molotovs at cops, soldiers, whomever and laugh about it at picnics 20 years later while lording over us for decades with zero tolerance suspensions from school (Pop tart shaped like a gun? SUSPENDED!). You guys don't have principles, and sold out so long ago and for so little that a Millenial walking away from a nice piece of ass, Hawaii and a six figure salary is beyond your comprehension. I hope Snowden isn't a paid Chinese spy, because that would reveal a new ability for the Chinese to get an espionage leg up on us without having to resort to Chinese engineers and scientists (Los Alamos, anyone?). Even if he is a spy, he is pushing into the spotlight (if it can stay there) a serious topic. Even the Oathkeepers support the discussion. Snowden isn't going to be like any whistleblower you know because the world has changed since Ellsberg, and we're talking about shooting the devil in the back here, not blowing the whistle on a tech firm or a financial corporation. Naomi, I shouldn't be so hard on you, but like a lot of Boomers, you just don't get it.