The Statist rhetoric is heading into full force after the Paris attack. The Tulsa World is going full-bore into the pro-government surveillance wagon. And they are not above lying to do so.
Just take a look at this particular lie.
"After he fled to the protection of Vladimir Putin,"
That is not what happened and anyone who believes this is either willfully stupid or they are lying, and I find it hard to believe that anyone is that stupid. Snowden did not flee to Russia. He was forced to stay there by a vindictive US Government which revoked his passport while he was on a layover at a Russian Airport. He was on his way to another country.
Here is another lie:
"As a result, it is much harder for our nation’s defenders to identify, track and stop terrorists. We are exposed."
The NSA spying program has not stopped a single terrorist attack and the French spying program failed to stop the Paris attacks. These spying programs are not effective in anything other than destroying the privacy of law abiding citizens.
Anyone that feels that destroying privacy is the answer to making people safe, then they are the problem. I am not willing to trade my human and natural rights, the rights protected by the US Constitution, in order to ineffectively fight terrorists.http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/editorials/tulsa-world-editorial-in-the-wake-of-paris-are-we/article_44d1a7a4-53be-5cb4-a2b5-fa0b85bfe698.html#user-comment-area