Hi Shaun,If you look at the stuff from Clapper, since he took over as the Director of the CIA. He is in denial about the torture, and almost everything else, just as much of the rest of the US ruling elites are. (Obama says. "We tortured some people" and that is the end of it, no prosecutions, no holding to account...nuffink). It's a bit like the holocaust denial merchants. They are still arguing that it never really happened. This case is about burying all of the Snowden era of revelations, making it difficult for future whistleblowers; but at the same time it is opening it all up. The higher up the case goes, the more publicity, and the more people and organisations will be associated with it, or opposed to it. Might just reach its apex at the time of the next US Presidential election.
It is part of the political reaction to all those secret jewels being put on public display. Now, I am sure that Edwards doesn't really want that, but it is his choice after all. That is why the case is important...Will he achieve his aims of suppression? I doubt it, but at least he is keeping the can of worms open, and the winning might come at great cost. We never get any of this sort of thing in the UK. The ruling elites have got the secrecy angle all well battened down, and the likes of Black Friday is much more interesting for the masses of people. We now have an election period which covers 5 months instead of 3 weeks and it is all pretty repetitive and boring, yet have we heard a word about democratic rights and liberty? No, but we have heard plenty of stuff about getting out of the European Court of Human Rights etc.
ATB Dougie. On 12/02/15 13:37, Shaun O'Connor wrote:
A bit late for that!! The horse has already bolted from the stable!!! and as for them seeking reparation for damage to "national security" well if they are prepared to play with dirt they should expect to get dirt on their hands. Why on earth should they ask the courts to clean their dirty linen for them AND expect the film makers to pay for the privilege.? Rhetorical question of course but they are in my opinion arrogant pigs to a fault.ATB Shaun On 12/02/2015 12:31, doug wrote:Just to let you know....The Edwards court case is about getting the film banned and those who made it put in jail and the companies they work for shut down and made to pay reparations to the American state because they have damaged US national security and the whole fabric of American society for exposing all those nasty tricks and bits of tradecraft which are carried out in the name of diplomacy and foreign policy, by the democratic employees and leadership of that state.ATB Dougie. On 12/02/15 12:24, Shaun O'Connor wrote:I have seen the movie, its interesting stuff, bang up to date as well since it also includes the aftershock so to speak of Snowdens revelationsAs for Snowden providing new information. I don't think he so much told us anything we didn't know but rather gave substance and credence to what many in-the field had suspected for quite some time. corroborative evidence if you will.ATB Shaun On 12/02/2015 12:09, doug wrote:Enjoy ATB Dougie.--*_PRIVACY IS A BASIC RIGHT - NOT A CONCESSION _* https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/11/when-time-comes-we-need-be-ready-fight-tpps-secret-anti-user-agenda--*_PRIVACY IS A BASIC RIGHT - NOT A CONCESSION _* https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/11/when-time-comes-we-need-be-ready-fight-tpps-secret-anti-user-agenda