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If EDWARD SNOWDEN landed in Evanston...

Snowden now in flight
Snowden now in flight
In a survey taken in Evanston Sunday 10 people walking along Central St. west of Green Bay were asked the same exact question:

IF EDWARD SNOWDEN CAME TO EVANSTON WOULD YOU ALLOW HIM REFUGE HERE OR WOULD YOU WANT HIM PROSECUTED?

Here are the answers:

1) Male 55:  I don't have enough information to answer
    that.
2) Male 65: Prosecuted
3) Fem. 70: Refuge
4) Fem. 21 and Male 23: Don't know who he is.
5) Fem. 48: Really torn...have him over for dinner and       hear his side of the story.
6) Male 40: Offer him refuge
7) Fem. 60: Refuge temporarily
8) Male 33: Prosecuted if he broke the law
9) Fem. 36: I'm glad he exposed what's happening in       America--I'm not cool with exposing our China               surveillance.
10) Male 65: Ignore him

Then I went over to Northwestern Univ. and asked students around the University Library area exactly the same question. What was surprising here was how many students did not know who Snowden was.

1) Male 28 (Just graduated) I don't know who he is.           Sorry.
2) Fem. 20: I don't know who Edward Snowden is.
3) Fem. 22: Give him refuge I guess. I'd want more           information.
4) Fem. 21: I don't know if I know enough of what's         going on to make a decision.
5) Male 20 (senior in the Fall): Don't know. Don't know 
     who he is.
6) Male 22 (just graduated) I feel like I know                   him...allow him refuge.
7) Male 22: Heavy question! Prosecute him.
8) Fem. 21 (just graduated) Don't know who he is.
9) Male 28 (Grad student) Don't think I know him.
10) Male 27 (Graduating in December) Don't know.             Don't know him.

That's the survey--very limited sample but interesting.
So what's your opinion about the opinions?
Jordan S. Zoot June 23, 2013 at 09:33 PM
I would hope that he would be lynched and hung from a lamp post.....Snowden is guilty of espionage and treason along the lines of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Aldrich Ames, Robert Hansson, Adam Ganandan, etc...he now seems to be sharing top secret information with the Chinese and Russians...he should be hunted down and killed.....with or without trial..he is on foreign soil and he fits the criteria for an extra-judicial execution....how can people not know who this traitor is?
Procrustes' Foil June 24, 2013 at 07:52 AM
FIRST, this admittedly flawed survey shows how ignorant and uninformed Northwestern students are. What ever happened to academic rigor? SECOND, privacy has been a joke for many years. If you have a charge-or-debit card or a bank account, rest assured that your personal information has been sold to whoever can pay for it - or it has already been hacked. THIRD, the media reports have been vague about EXACTLY what Snowden has revealed. They have "suggested" that he might share information with China and Russia, but there has been no verification. The US needs to find him and bring him home so that we can determine EXACTLY what information was revealed. If we could find Bin Laden, we can find Snowden. FOURTH, where is Julian Assange now that we need him? He promised to publish e-mails from those bankers who caused the financial/economic collapse in the US and the world. But he didn't. Come on, Julian, keep your word. Go after the real criminals! FINALLY, Jordan, have you bought a drone yet?
Jordan S. Zoot June 24, 2013 at 08:00 AM
I don't need to buy a drone the alphabet agencies will take care of that...and Snowden WILL meet the same fate that BinLaden did.
Jordan S. Zoot June 24, 2013 at 09:37 AM
I will leave the drone ownership to the alphabet agencies
Blu June 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM
The NSA knows exactly where Snowden is hiding. However, by going public he is now able to hide in plain site so to speak. What I find interesting about all of this has to do with the outrage over what he did vs what he revealed. Just another example how alphabet agencies control national media.
Blu June 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM
If Obama was adroit, he would have pardoned the "whistle blower" Snowden, and "acted" concerned about NSA excesses. This would allow Snowden to return to the US and limit the political damage. Instead, Obama endorsed and justified NSA surveillance of all US citizens and the world at large and his administration called Snowden a traitor. As a result, Snowden is on the run and China and Russia are likely harvesting his trove of NSA secrets. What a cluster.
Jordan S. Zoot June 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Which proves that Snowden is a traitor.
Blu June 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Innocent till proven guilty or do you only care about the 2nd amendment and not the 5th \ 14th? deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law . . . .
Jordan S. Zoot June 25, 2013 at 02:48 PM
My view is that Snowden's conduct places him in the same category with Anwar al-Aulaki, which is the point where an American citizen can be reduced to the level of an enemy combatant, and constitutional protections are lost...if he was killed before he could compromise our national security to the Russians and Chinese then I am absolutely fine with it.
Procrustes' Foil June 26, 2013 at 07:52 AM
There is a much greater issue here and that is the disastrous use of private contractors, of which Snowden is one. Private contractors have been responsible many disasters: the torture of prisoners which affects our reputation; rendition which also affects our reputation; the "disappearance" of millions of dollars in Iraq; shoddy facillities construction which caused the electrocution of many troups (Halliburton); failure to provide the services for which they were paid (they just took the money and ran); and more. Only two news media have reported on this issue: PBS News Hour and C-SPAN's Washington Journal. According to Bloomberg News, 70% of the Intelligence budget is paid to private contractors.That's right, 70%!! According to Scott Amey of the Project On Government Oversight, each private contractor employee is paid three (3) times more than what is paid to their government counterpart who does a far better job and has allegiance to the US. Private contractors are held harmless from their bad behavior.The private contractor system is nothing more than a jobs program for the friends of unscrupulous lawmakers. Let's get rid of them.

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