Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CUTTING EDGE [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CUTTING EDGE [Derived Headline]

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No 'pardon' for Snowden

2 Political Junkies takes after Marty Griffin for his "hour-long rant" on KDKA criticizing The New York Times for urging what Mr. Griffin called a "pardon" for NSA mega-leaker Edward Snowden. The Junkies pointed out that "this is what [the Times] actually wrote":

Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight. He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service. It is time for the United States to offer Mr. Snowden a plea bargain or some form of clemency that would allow him to return home, face at least substantially reduced punishment in light of his role as a whistle-blower, and have the hope of a life advocating for greater privacy and far stronger oversight of the runaway intelligence community. [Emphasis added]

The Junkies explain, "A plea bargain or clemency is not a pardon, Marty. You should know that. A 'substantially reduced punishment' also is not a pardon, Marty. You should know that, too."

Misdirected drones

Via the Atlantic Wire: Heather Linebaugh at The Guardian on America's drone program. "Few of these politicians who so brazenly proclaim the benefits of drones have a real clue of what actually goes on. I, on the other hand, have seen these awful sights first hand," Ms. Linebaugh, a former U.S. drone operator, writes.

"What the public needs to understand is that the video provided by a drone is not usually clear enough to detect someone carrying a weapon, even on a crystal-clear day with limited cloud and perfect light. This makes it incredibly difficult for the best analysts to identify if someone has weapons for sure. . I felt this confusion constantly, as did my fellow UAV analysts. We always wonder if we killed the right people, if we endangered the wrong people, if we destroyed an innocent civilian's life all because of a bad image or angle."

Al Jazeera America producer Azmat Khan asks, "If video from a drone 'is not usually clear enough to detect someone carrying a weapon,' how does it confirm targets? …

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