I agree Cheney is one of the worst humans. I laugh because he is not the Vice President anymore and has no say in the current administration. I'm not saying people shouldn't be prosecuted, I'm saying it's more important to me to make sure things like this don't happen again.
This information did take years to come out, but like I said before - what other country would air this kind of stuff and admit their mistake publicly?
Whatever way this torture news was leaked was the right way. The senate debated for a long time with the CIA about what things could be published and what things needed to stay classified. To me, if Snowden was a true patriot, he would have explored every option before skipping town. But instead in the interest of "preserving freedom" he left for a country that does it's best to keep their people from general freedoms (China).
I don't really care what he says - no self respecting country would let that guy go without learning all of the information he had. So that means both they and Russia learned everything about those programs. That damages the security of America and makes Snowden a traitor.
That said - I didn't really think the Prism program was that bad to begin with. I thought it was very overblown in the media. Every time something new came out it had a controvercial header, but when I actually read the article it seemed pretty acceptable to me. American information may have gotten caught in the massive web, but when it was identified as American it was deleted. I don't believe in the conspiracy theories about the NSA collecting information about every single american. I mean, even if they were there is way too much information to actually make sense of all of it.
Edit: If the things Snowden released were not as detailed and he showed restraint in what he chose to give to the media so that it got the point across but wasn't as damaging, then I wouldn't feel quite as I do now.
My personal thoughts on it anyway.
It's been stopped, but without prosecutions or another significant measure to prevent this from happening again, there's a precedent that it can happen unpunished. Which is morally abhorrent and detrimental to the US's reputation.
You're right. And I hope at some point they ARE prosecuted.
Edited by CaptainDantes, 11 December 2014 - 01:06 PM.