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Monday, February 17, 2014

The three journalists who broke the National Security Agency revelations from Edward Snowden in The Guardian have won George Polk Awards in Journalism. Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras will receive the award for national security reporting, along with Barton Gellman of the Washington Post. The reporters conferred with Snowden to negotiate release of the material and then used their backgrounds covering national security to explore the purloined files and describe how the NSA gathered information on untold millions of unsuspecting -- and unsuspected -- Americans, plugged into the communications links of major internet companies, and coerced companies like Yahoo and Google into turning over data about their customers.

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A Mother Jones 'reporter' won it in 2012. 'Nuff said for this faded award's prestige.

#1 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-17 04:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

Except that the typical MJ reporter has an IQ in double digits higher than yours (& mine, no doubt).
Other than that, no prestige at all, i'm sure.
Did you get around to (re~)reading 1984 yet, devil? didn't think so. the warning about newspeak & doublethink is really relevant, though. your limitation, because surely you know authoritarianism is a threat, is that you think its implementation is only coming from the Left.

#2 | Posted by kenx at 2014-02-17 05:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

Obviously untrue, Kenx, if you actually read my posts rather than react to them. But there's no way to convince a true believer I see threats on left and right so why bother?

#3 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-17 05:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

.... Chronicles of a Fading Democracy and a Bleached US Constitution!

**** Anybody who shines some critical light on the "Festering Corruption" that is the NSA and the US Govt deserves both Awards and Applause!

#4 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-02-17 07:03 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 5

#4 and doing so takes 'courage' from the common POV. Yet for me I died for saying nothing in a past life... received a bayonet wound in the stomach. Funny I got a scar in that same spot that's still 4" from an operation at 29 days old (baby formula stuck in my Lenard's Sphincter).

Of course I had to learn to dream again in my 30s to recover what was obvious when I was 5. I do hope others 'wake up'.

#5 | Posted by reitze at 2014-02-17 10:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

Anybody who shines some critical light on the "Festering Corruption" that is the NSA and the US Govt deserves both Awards and Applause!

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Americans don't know what a real reporter is. Most have never seen one.

#6 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-02-17 11:33 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Obama's KOS list just got bigger, as these winners are now "terrorists traitor enablers".

Hope and Change... Hope and Change...kek

#8 | Posted by aescal at 2014-02-18 02:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Except that the typical MJ reporter has an IQ in double digits higher than yours (& mine, no doubt)."

I doubt either case, Kenx. How much of an IQ does one need to say "I'll write what they want to read?"
Hefner must be smarter than you or I am by that logic.

#9 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-02-18 04:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

The faux progressives on the Retort are going to hate this. Hahahaha.

#10 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-02-18 10:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

As I've said nullifidian, other than myself, you are pretty much the only real liberal here. Maybe zatiochi, but I haven't seen enough of his comments to be sure. Either way the rest here are all lairs; to themselves and others.

#11 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-02-18 11:06 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

"whose political orientation is to be angry, dissatisfied and unhappy with the state of the nation at any given time, because in their view, liberal policies are not being implemented quickly or forcefully enough. They have particular contempt for Democratic presidents."

What a bunch of Newspeak.

Nothing wrong with being angry and dissatisfied with the state of our nation. At any given time in our brief history there has been a lot to be dissatisfied with.

Whether you are Liberal or not. But, when you are elected based on certain promises you made there is nothing wrong with the voter being unhappy or angry for not seeing them achieved.

That is why we have elections. We get angry and vote them out and hope we don't get fooled again.

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-02-18 11:51 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

there is no difference between the parties.

#25 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-02-18 12:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

"#25

Deep Thoughts by Shawn Handey #26 | Posted by Corky at 2014-02-18 12:09 PM | Reply | Flag: "

shallow thoughts, by anita lyfe

#30 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-02-18 12:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

BTW, I don't think Ed Snowden deserves a journalist award or any other kind of award.

He's a criminal. I won't pass complete judgment on his morality because It's difficult to pretend what's it like to be in that situation.

Reminds me of "A Few good Men". Those marines were doing what they were told and I won't pass judgment on their "morality".

But they killed another human being. They were criminals.

#48 | Posted by eberly at 2014-02-18 01:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

BTW, I don't think Ed Snowden deserves a journalist award or any other kind of award.

He's a criminal. I won't pass complete judgment on his morality because It's difficult to pretend what's it like to be in that situation.

Reminds me of "A Few good Men". Those marines were doing what they were told and I won't pass judgment on their "morality".

But they killed another human being. They were criminals.

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Garbage.

"We live in what the German political scientist Ernst Fraenkel called "the dual state." Totalitarian states are always dual states. In the dual state civil liberties are abolished in the name of national security. The political sphere becomes a vacuum "as far as the law is concerned," Fraenkel wrote. There is no legal check on power. Official bodies operate with impunity outside the law. In the dual state the government can convict citizens on secret evidence in secret courts. It can strip citizens of due process and detain, torture or assassinate them, serving as judge, jury and executioner. It rules according to its own arbitrary whims and prerogatives. The outward forms of democratic participation -- voting, competing political parties, judicial oversight and legislation -- are hollow, political stagecraft. Fraenkel called those who wield this unchecked power over the citizenry "the prerogative state."

The masses in a totalitarian structure live in what Fraenkel termed "the normative state." The normative state, he said, is defenseless against the abuses of the prerogative state. Citizens are subjected to draconian laws and regulations, as well as arbitrary searches and arrests. The police and internal security are omnipotent. The internal workings of power are secret. Free expression and opposition political activity are pushed to the fringes of society or shut down. Those who challenge the abuses of power by the prerogative state, those who, like Snowden, expose the crimes carried out by government, are made into criminals. Totalitarian states always invert the moral order. It is the wicked who rule. It is the just who are damned." -- Chris Hedges

#50 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-02-18 01:23 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#50

Chris Hedges is a fine Christian liberal writer... but like many in the press, he sees Snowden as a cause célèbre to protect his and other journalist's sources as much as anything else.

There you go being made a fool of by the press again.

#52 | Posted by Corky at 2014-02-18 01:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

#50

you and I don't share the same alarmist view.

#53 | Posted by eberly at 2014-02-18 02:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Chris Hedges is a fine Christian liberal writer.."

The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing. It is a useless appendage to the corporate state. It exists not to make possible incremental or piecemeal reform, as it originally did in a functional capitalist democracy; instead it has devolved into an instrument of personal vanity, burnishing the hollow morality of its adherents. Liberals, by voting for Barack Obama, betrayed the core values they use to define themselves -- the rule of law, the safeguarding of civil liberties, the protection of unions, the preservation of social welfare programs, environmental accords, financial regulation, a defiance of unjust war and torture, and the abolition of drone wars. The liberal class clung desperately during the long nightmare of this political campaign to one or two issues, such as protecting a woman's right to choose and gender equality, to justify its complicity in a monstrous evil. This moral fragmentation -- using an isolated act of justice to define one's self while ignoring the vast corporate assault on the nation and the ecosystem along with the pre-emptive violence of the imperial state -- is moral and political capitulation. It fails to confront the evil we have become.

www.truthdig.com

#56 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-02-18 05:01 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

There are no real liberals in power nor fascist media.

Not one.

#59 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-02-18 07:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

There are no real liberals in power nor fascist media

Its funny when people confuse the Democratic party for liberals.

there maybe 1 or 2 liberals in congress, but they can't control the whole party.

#60 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-02-18 07:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

#50

you and I don't share the same alarmist view.

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Meaning that you have no argument and are obfuscating.

#61 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-02-18 08:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

The journalist's prerogative to protect his or her sources is a key principal of a constitutional republic; that is, an unobstructed 4th estate. (We should not muddy the water by pointing out the majority's preference for gossip & sensationalism). Snowden's feat IS sensational, in the sense that it delivered proof--and consequential repudiation--of an authoritarian regime out of check & out of control.

#62 | Posted by kenx at 2014-02-18 09:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

As I've said nullifidian, other than myself, you are pretty much the only real liberal here. Maybe zatiochi, but I haven't seen enough of his comments to be sure. Either way the rest here are all lairs; to themselves and others.

#11 | POSTED BY SHAWN

There is a scale of liberalism. You seem to be in the Null level who yearns to run around butt naked, criticizes his own criticisms, spends mornings kicking the bankers, the afternoons the Jews, and openly worships anarchism.

#63 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-02-19 09:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Its funny when people confuse the Democratic party for liberals."

same confusion exists when equating republicans with conservatives.

now, why is that?

#64 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-02-19 09:40 AM | Reply | Flag:

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