Originally Posted by perfectblade
i'm not denying anything that snowden has *personally* claimed. i'm all for debating what we actually know about these programs, based on the documents he's released. however, that doesn't give people license to do a bunch of wide eyed speculation and then treat that speculation as fact, which is precisely what tinfoil hats always do. "you can't disprove" is not sufficient evidence of *fact.*
I see the point but often its wide eyed speculation from politicians that leads to an inquiry and then an investigation. So what your close to doing is categorizing people and saying its ok for person A to speculate but not person B as they are not 'in the know'. Because there are times when a tinpot crazy ridiculed rumor gathers enough public interest to push the yet unelected politicians / media to ask for answers.. often its proven wrong there is no secret agenda or corruption but it has also lead to things being unearthed that otherwise wouldn't have been.
"There's nothing wrong with adding to a conspiracy theory when there might be a conspiracy, in fact."
With video footage and audio recordings of eyewitness reports and security cameras + leaked information it is possible for people to not actually be gathering information to have a fair grasp on potential 'story inconsistencies' of course unless you stand someone in front of a camera at prime time and they confess to millions it will never be good enough for those who choose to only ever believe the official line.
so that leads to two types of people. Those who really don't give a damn and are happy to take what they are given and those who at least often wrongly in implementation ask the questions or seek truths that may not even be there.
know one is wrong, there isn't anything wrong with asking questions. if they are just questions, speculations and rumors whats the big deal?
so to tie up with the thread.. Nothing to fear, nothing to hide.Edited by Pip Boy - 9/8/13 at 1:41pm