Photo: American Edward Snowden is seen on monitors as he delivers remarks via video link from Moscow to attendees at a discussion on an International Treaty on the Right to Privacy, Protection Against Improper Surveillance and Protection of Whistleblowers in Manhattan, New York September 24, 2015. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)
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Less than 48 hours after some bombs went off and others were discovered in New Jersey and New York City, Ahmad Khan Rahami was arrested after a shootout in Linden, New Jersey. Even before he knew of the capture, President Obama reminded Americans that terrorists want to provoke fear. "We all have a role to play as citizens in making sure we don't succumb to that fear." Patrick Skinner is a former CIA case officer, now with the Soufan Group, which tracks Islamic extremists.
While Edward Snowden's in exile in Moscow, debate is raging: should President Obama grant him a pardon? Human rights groups, bolstered by Oliver Stone's latest movie, say Snowden performed public service by revealing the excesses of government spying. But others insist that, by breaking the law, Snowden has made it harder for law enforcement to prevent acts of terrorist violence. Meantime, bombs in New York and New Jersey and stabbings in Minnesota are raising all-too-familiar questions about national security. Incidents like these have a direct impact on public opinion about "striking a balance." Is there too much surveillance by government agencies -- or not enough?
House Intelligence Committee approves Snowden report, urges no pardon
Washington Post calls on NSA contractor to accept criminal responsibility for his actions
Edgar on why Obama should pardon Edward Snowden
Rainie on what we learned about the state of privacy in America
Rivkin on it being time for a rigorous national debate about surveillance
Today's violent incidents have led to an exchange between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton about how to prevent acts of terror. This morning on a phone call to Fox News' Fox and Friends, Trump addressed how as President he would use profiling to try to prevent acts of terror. "[Israel has] done an unbelievable job…. They see someone that's suspicious and they will profile. They will take that person in. They check. Do we have a choice?"
At a news conference this morning Hillary Clinton called Trump a "recruiting sergeant" for terrorists. "We also know from the former head of our counterterrorism center, Matt Olsen, that the kinds of rhetoric and language that Mr. Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries." Yoni Appelbaum, Politics Editor for the Atlantic, weighs the candidates' responses.
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