November 20, 2016
So, no pardon for Snowden – even though he did nothing wrong.
In fact, Obama is trying to trick him into coming home to face trial.
I don’t think this is a surprise to anyone. Except perhaps the people presently protesting Donald Trump. They seem confused about what is actually going on.
President Obama gave an interview to German media outlets Spiegel and ARD during his visit to Berlin, in which he discussed divisions in the US, his darkest moments as president, and whether Edward Snowden would be pardoned.
Reflecting on Trump’s victory, Obama pointed to an “underlying division” in the US that has to do with economic growth, stagnation, and cultural and demographic issues – anxieties that Trump tapped into.
“I mean, there were probably millions of voters who voted for me and supported me and this time also voted for Donald Trump, and it just indicates that some of this is less ideological and more just an impulse towards some sort of change,” he told Spiegel.
Obama said that, while young people in America “believe in tolerance” and integration, they are less likely to vote, and consequently “sometimes the elections don’t fully reflect the views of the American population.”
Here, let me fix that for you:
“Believed in tolerance.”
Now that we know what it leads to, none of us believe in it anymore.
I, Andrew Anglin, number one global hate figure, once believed in tolerance as well.
We all did.
But we were lied to, and now we know we were lied to, and it’s over.
The pendulum swings back.
“Essentially, the president-elect was supported by about 27 percent of the American population,” he pointed out.
The president believes that addressing “legitimate economic concerns of those who feel left behind by globalization” would reduce tensions and make the world less divided.
Which is what Trump is going to do.
When asked if he would pardon Edward Snowden, Obama said, “I can’t pardon somebody who hasn’t gone before a court and presented themselves, so that’s not something that I would comment on at this point.”
“I think that Mr. Snowden raised some legitimate concerns. How he did it was something that did not follow the procedures and practices of our intelligence community,” he added. “If everybody took the approach that I make my own decisions about these issues, then it would be very hard to have an organized government or any kind of national security system.”
Obama went on to highlight the need to balance privacy and security. “Those who pretend that there’s no balance that has to be struck and think we can take a 100-percent absolutist approach to protecting privacy don’t recognize that governments are going to be under an enormous burden to prevent the kinds of terrorist acts that not only harm individuals, but also can distort our society and our politics in very dangerous ways,”he said.
But if we didn’t have the above-mentioned tolerance, we would be able to do the 100-percent absolutist thing.
But we can’t, because of all these vicious monkeys roaming our country.
I agree with that. If you have Moslems, you have to have mass surveillance, or basically everyone ends up murdered.
This is one of the many, many reasons that I no longer believe in tolerance.
Obviously, I think Snowden should be pardoned. But I’m not going to push for that. At least not at first.
My primary concern is the pardoning of the Albino Wizard Julian Assange. That is going to be my focus. For one thing, it’s a lot less complicated. Other things are that I like Assange better personally, and he is in a much rougher situation in practical terms – being trapped in an embassy is a lot worse than chilling in Moscow.
I think by the end of the 8 years though, we will be able to get both – as well as Bradley Manning – pardoned. None of them actually did anything wrong, and all were patriots (or maybe not Assange exactly, since he’s not America, but anyway he did what he did for the right reasons).