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This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. (Photo by The Guardian/AP Photo)
Since outing himself as the man who leaked classified details about NSA surveillance toThe Guardian and Washington Post, former government contractor Edward Snowden has been more than happy to discuss his actions and motives with members of the press. On Monday, he opened up even further, taking questions from the public in an online Q&A at the Guardianwebsite.
Given the opportunity to respond to his critics, Snowden struck out at President Obama, former vice president Dick Cheney, and members of the media who he said had fallen short in their coverage. He was particularly strident when asked to respond to accusations that he was planning to trade classified information for asylum in China.
“This is a predictable smear that I anticipated before going public, as the US media has a knee-jerk ‘RED CHINA!’ reaction to anything involving HK or the PRC, and is intended to distract from the issue of US government misconduct,” he wrote. “Ask yourself: if I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn’t I have flown directly into Beijing? I could be living in a palace petting a phoenix by now.”
When prompted to respond to those who have called him a traitor, he said, “being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an America, and the more panicked talk we here from people like, [Sen. Dianne] Feinstein and [Rep. Peter] King, the better of we all are.”
Each Sunday morning I watch “Jack Van Impe Presents.” Dr. Van Impe has had a colorful past. His 30 minute program feature news headlines that concern religion ans especially world news reports that witness the signs in THE BIBLE that forecast the soon return of Jesus Christ: The Rapture. Dr. Van Impe and his wife, who is co-host, are both “conservative” and very anti-Obama. They ask the question, ‘Is Barack Obama the Anti-Christ.” I have to overlook their politics and remember that this man has memorized over 10,000 Bible verses and says God is using him as a prophet. One has to respect him.
Dr. Van Impe testifies that we are in the ‘End of Days’ and that we should be looking for the signs that Jesus Christ told us to look for which would signal His return…and The Rapture. I have sorted out all the facts and the timeline of events as Dr. Van Impe testifies, but, he does say that the world will be ruled by one powerful leader who will be in league with Satan. He will organize World War III which will be a nuclear attack on Israel. Russia, Iran, China, etc. will all be allies to exterminate the Jews in Israel which God will send Jesus to prevent and end history as we know it. [I hope I have not misinterpreted what has been on "Jack Van Impe Presents," which is the name of the weekly TV program.
Jack Van Impe — The Next Pope and Armageddon
While I try to understand the information presented, I remember that Christ said that in the End of Days there will be false prophets. I try to prove for myself what I believe might be true and what might be Satan’s propaganda. Dr. Van Impe just revealed a forecast that Pope Francis will be the last Pope and the one who will preside over Armageddon. Most of us went to Sunday school as children, but, do you still believe in and worship the Lord God, Jehovah? He sent his Son, Jesus, to earth to die for our sins which reconciles man to God. All we have to do is confess our sins and accept Jesus as our Personal Savior. I hope this post has piqued your curiosity and that you seek knowledge and salvation. I write because Jesus told us to “spread the Gospel, the Good News.” Heavenly Father, this is my witness. —GoodOleWoody
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Our national media – the Fourth Estate – has failed to report on the dark agenda of the Republican party which is selling our assets to China, concentrating wealth and power into the hands of the Top 1%, turning their backs on the morals and Christian values of the men who formed and fought and died for our country. Sons and daughters of immigrants have become wealthy and powerful over generations and now satisfy some sinister purpose by fighting to deny civil rights, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for today’s poor, unfortunate and immigrant. Instead, the media is all up in arms when one of them is caught endangering the safety of life and prosperity of the American people all to gain fame or notoriety that comes with a hot news story or a shocking headline. The media aided Republican Senator Mitch McConnell in his war on America’s first black president. With House Speaker, John Boehner, as his second-in-command, McConnell led a campaign in which Republicans, sent to DC to do the people’s business, abrogated their responsibilities passing only a few laws renaming a lot of post offices, and refusing to negotiate with sincerity with Democrats to work as true U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives. Did the media call them out on their dereliction of duty? Did they report the real news and hold the feet of our politicians to the fire? No! Yet, they are all excited by the fake and so-called “scandals” that are rooted in the Republicans’ refusal to accept that Barack Obama beat them and won re-election in spite of all their dirty tricks and several efforts at voter suppression. IMHO, the media will be complicit with Republicans when historians recount the fall of the United States of America. Everyday America diminishes more and more. But, it is not too late. Stand with elected Democrats and our grassroots movements to take our country back. [Excuse the tired phrase.] We get the government we fight for. And…if we don’t fight: We get the government we deserve! —GoodOleWoody