News Roundup – Leaks, Edward Snowden, Jobs (Update – Chad goes to jail)

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.

Miami Heat won Game 2 of the NBA Championship Series by blowing out the San Antonio Spurs.

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.

How all James Bond movies work. Flowchart.

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.

What are the stories that you are following?

4 Responses

  1. Johnson did a dumb thing yes.  But I thought he was just reacting in a manner he was familiar with of thanking his attorney right after the judge told him he should.  I think we spend enough money jailing people.  I hope his sentence is reduced as the judge gets a grip on her anger.

  2. Ya know… Nixon broke into some offices to spy on the DNC, and his ass was on the way to impeachment. Slick willy(who I personally think was a great president) fiddled a little on the side and was impeached. How is it there is not a great clamor for The President’s head? Truman said it best: “The Buck Stops Here.” So like Reagan and W. he’s gonna have Patsy’s to take the fall for him. Whatever.

  3. JeffMahigian You are right. We do spend too much money jailing people. Chad Johnson is a moron. He was asking to be placed in jail. You are in a court room. You are a Black man who just headbutted your wife. Domestic violence. Shouldn’t you be on your best behavior. Shouldn’t it be nothing but “Yes, madam” Yes, sir” and the like. The time for clowning around is after you have gotten your plea bargin and you and your lawyer are sitting in your 10,000 sq ft house have some brews. Then clown around. Not in the court room. He is a moron. 
    As an aside, yes, we jail far too many people in this country.

  4. Now, let’s spend a second or two trying to figure out what is what. President Nixon was actually in on the planning and approved the break-in on the Watergate building. He was also involved in the cover-up of the break-in. Nixon resigned from office because he was going to be impeached. President Clinton lied under oath to federal prosecutors. Yes, he was lying about a blow job but he was lying nonetheless. Clinton got impeached because he lied under oath (and because Republicans thought that they could gain a huge political advantage. They miscalculated).

    Exactly what is President Obama supposed to stand up and take credit for or issue with or whatever? If were talking about the NSA’s program for listening in on Americans conversations, the president took credit for that. He stood up and said that he has authorized the program, Congress has been informed about the program and that the program is lawful under the Patriot Act.

    So, exactly what is your beef?

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