Eugene Robinson in The Washington Post on what Edward Snowden's leaks accomplished We should all thank Edward Snowden for revealing the mass surveillance apparatus of the National Security Agency, not because we agree with it but because it has sparked a public conversation about privacy. "Many of those same [NSA] officials grudgingly acknowledge, however, that public debate about the NSA’s domestic snooping is now unavoidable," Robinson writes. "We’re talking about these issues. You can wish Edward Snowden well or wish him a lifetime in prison. Either way, you should thank him." Most importantly, the column got the approval of Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who worked with Snowden to reveal the confidential documents. "Most of the abuses we know about post-9/11 is because of leakers, not our gov't," tweets Col. Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor of the Guantanamo military commissions.
Cord Jefferson in Gawker on riots and a white culture Gatherings in California after the U.S. Open of Surfing devolved into riots on Sunday night, and Jefferson takes the opportunity to criticize the perpetrators as "thuggish white youth" in a tongue-in-cheek piece mocking the self-satisfied commentary after the acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case. "White-on-white violence is a menace," he writes, and laments the failure of white parents and community leaders. "I know a lot of whites don't want to hear this kind of tough talk," he writes. "How long must we wait for the white community to get its act together?" The scathing piece was strongly applauded, as journalists happily joined in on the faux-outrage. "Phenomenal. Must read," writes The Atlantic associate editor Matt Schiavenza. "We needed this," writes National Post reporter Bruce Arthur.