An unfortunate flaw in the concept of American democracy is that it assumes a population of rational voters who are motivated to vote in the collective interests of the nation. In fact voters are more likely to act out of emotion and concern for themselves. Furthermore "hate, fear..." and other negative emotions are most influential.With millions of voters eligible to participate in American democracy, candidates face a daunting task in making themselves known. The solution: mass communications, and with it, the techniques of mass marketing. Here the medium is the message. Television, and to a slightly lesser the Internet, with their capability to deliver short, simple messaging and intense, powerful imagery, are by far the best ways to not only promote candidates but to motivate emotional voters to act.Add to it Citizens United for legal support of unlimited funding, and voila! Billionaires able to buy television and Internet media, and the most sophisticated marketing talent, are able to move the emotional masses toward any objectives they fancy. The billionaires benefit, as do the media corporations and the politicians. Any benefit to the citizens is incidental at best.This is the system. This is how billionaires have become their own political parties. How to stop them is unclear.
"...Greenglass-Rosenberg atomic bomb details were of little value to the Soviets, except to corroborate what they already knew..."Whether the secrets the Rosenberg's passed to the Soviets were of great value or simply corroborated what they had already worked out is irrelevant. The Rosenbergs thought they were passing significant secrets to the Soviets and hence committing espionage. That, in the end, is all that matters.
Putin harbors Snowden because he wants the secrets - he will then control more and he will uncover more of our secrets that can give him an edge over us. Just because we don't want to go to war doesn't mean that Putin is credible and not a hypocrite. There is always a new argument to counter an argument, but Russia and China veto everything the US wants to do. Two countries with more human rights violations than we will ever know.
The author of this article strains to Imply that Mr. Ethel Rosenberg was sentenced to death because of Mr. Greenglass' questionable assertion that she typed his stolen secret atomic bomb notes on a particular occasion.Ethel Rosenberg was not executed for that single act of typewriting. She typed her husband's secrets to the Soviets and did many other things that led to the jury's determination that she was complicit in stealing America's nuclear secrets
When Snowden releases Russian state "secrets" we'll know for sure what he's capable of.
Perhaps this clown should learn to keep secrets
Part II: I would like to remind Mr. Putin of how our global community has gotten into this mess in the first place. Our countries, along with others, share the responsibility for the development and proliferation of arms during the past century. Many around the world have profited from the deaths and misery these have caused. There now exists enough weapons to destroy life on earth. Enough! It is time for all nations to stop producing and selling ALL weapons; be they conventional or not! There have been far too many times the world has turned a blind eye to the atrocities committed by one group against another. With the advent of the internet, cell phones and social media one dictator's dirty little secrets can no longer be kept within his country's borders. If we continue to turn a blind eye, then we are all enablers of the dictator and we all have blood on our hands!
Are you suggesting democracies should have no secrets?
Mr. Putin,I would be very interested in seeing your proof that the opposition was behind the gassing. To my knowledge, there hasn't been one shred of evidence provided to the world to support this theory. If there are Russian government secrets involved in providing this proof, perhaps Mr. Snowden could help you divulge these secrets to the rest of the world.
According to Bush and Obama a WMD is whatever they say it is. Lies and more lies. Secrets and more secrets. War crime after war crime.