Monday, January 27, 2014

The Snowden Puzzle

Published at almost the same time as Edward Lucas's ebook, Catherine A. Fitzpatrick's full-length (200+pp) study of the Snowden case - Privacy for Thee and Not For Me: The Movement for Invincible Personal Encryption, Radical State Transparency, and the Snowden Hack - is now available on Scribd.

In her author's preface, Fitzpatrick likens the case to a Rubik's cube:
Turn the colorful cube one way, and it seems as if Edward, a 29-year-old systems analyst who said he became troubled by secret practices "done in our name", was only concerned about civil rights... Turned in another direction, and it seemed that his coercive action... was in fact presenting Congress and the courts with an undemocratic fait accompli.
Although the author does not claim to provide a solution to the puzzle, her book analyses its many and various pieces in extensively sourced detail, so that others may reach a conclusion for themselves.


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