Coleen Rowley has some questions for James Comey

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J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building

In a July 8 op-ed for the New York Times, FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley questioned the appropriateness of President Obama’s nomination of James B. Comey to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  She pointed out that Comey, despite initial reluctance, eventually did sign off on “most of the worst of the Bush administration’s legal abuses and questionable interpretations of federal and international law.”

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Who is Edward Snowden? He’s “Condor.”

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Something about Edward Snowden struck me as familiar.  Had we crossed paths somewhere?  We had, after all, lived in the same small town. Not until I recalled a Sydney Pollack spy thriller did an explanation emerge.

Thomas Drake rallies “Restore the Fourth” crowd

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Above: Thomas Drake, “Restore the Fourth” rally, Washington, D.C.

Americans turned out on July 4 in 100 cities to protest the massive NSA surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden and other former NSA employees. The rallies were held in conjunction with a campaign called Restore the Fourth, a reference to the Fourth Amendment and its protections against government search and seizure. “Spawned on Reddit” last month, the campaign is “supported by Mozilla, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and other US and international press freedom organizations.”