Edward Snowden

Leaks and who gets to leak – Snowden and many others have now said that these leaks are important and justified because the public needs to decide whether this is being done in their name. Basically I disagree with that (the justification for the leak). But it does raise a basic point that it is inherently difficult for the public to make fully informed decisions about intelligence work done in its name. Yet, who gets to do this? Snowden says it’s up to the public. But it’s really more like Snowden and Greenwald have made that decision on the public’s behalf.

Edward Snowden is the source – The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell. The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request. From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity. “I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” he said.

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175,000 Jobs in May. We need more jobs – This morning’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed 175,000 jobs were added in May. This rate of growth is right in line with the average growth rate for the last year (176,000) and is a perfect example of the ongoing slog in the labor market. At this pace, it will take more than six years to get back to the pre-recession unemployment rate. Our jobs deficit stands at 8.5 million jobs (taking into account both the number of jobs we are still down from before the recession began, plus the number of jobs we would have needed over this period just to keep pace with growth in the potential labor force). Thus, we need more than 300,000 jobs per month to get to full employment by May 2016, three years from now and six months before the next presidential election. At the job growth rate of the last year, we will still have a deficit of 4.6 million jobs in May 2016.

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Update: Chad Johnson gets 30 days in jail for being dumber than a box of rocks. Listen to Stephen A. Smith lose his mind over the stupidity of Chad. I have nothing to add.

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