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March 02, 2014, 08:32:04 PM
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He asked if it was fair to boycott this conference when other major companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Verizon and Yahoo had all been linked to the NSA. He also joked that as a freedom lover, he doesn’t engage in boycotts. And that he had signed a contract so his conscience was clear, as long as his checked cleared.

While the RSA got a pass, Colbert didn’t go as easy on the NSA or Edward Snowden, whom he referred to as “practically a war criminal” for taking top secret U.S. intelligence to China and then to Russia.

“Was Mordor not accepting asylum requests?” he quipped.

“We can trust the NSA because without a doubt it is history’s most powerful, pervasive, sophisticated surveillance agency ever to be totally pwned by a 29-year-old with a thumb drive,” said Colbert.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/01/tech/colbert-rsa-keynote/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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March 03, 2014, 04:22:03 AM
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It was a joke.  He said he couldn't believe Snowden was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize which is reserved for distinguished people like Henry Kissinger.  If you know your history, you get the joke...  Kissinger committed honest to god war crimes, and Snowden obviously did not.  It's a slight against Kissinger and the Nobel committee, NOT against Snowden.

Also, he's obviously "in character".  Would you get upset at an actor doing something terrible in a movie?

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It was a joke.  He said he couldn't believe Snowden was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize which is reserved for distinguished people like Henry Kissinger.  If you know your history, you get the joke...  Kissinger committed honest to god war crimes, and Snowden obviously did not.  It's a slight against Kissinger and the Nobel committee, NOT against Snowden.

Also, he's obviously "in character".  Would you get upset at an actor doing something terrible in a movie?

So being paid to support the NSA and the RSA, paid to be the keynote speaker was a joke because he was "in character"? Like the King's buffoon so to speak?
http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/buffoon

Those people had obviously no sense of humor:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/01/14/stephen_colbert_nsa_rsa_privacy_advocates_want_him_to_cancel_appearance.html


I really don't get people on a bitcoin forum defending the NSA and the RSA. Maybe they are, according to the latest Snowden links, "in character" too...
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March 03, 2014, 12:33:08 PM
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It's a slight against Kissinger and the Nobel committee, NOT against Snowden.

The (Swedish) Nobel committee doesn't hand out the Peace Prize, that prize is handed out by the Norwegian parliament.

"Per Alfred Nobel's will, the recipient is selected by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, a 5-member committee appointed by the Parliament of Norway."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Peace_Prize
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March 03, 2014, 01:43:52 PM
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It was a joke.  He said he couldn't believe Snowden was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize which is reserved for distinguished people like Henry Kissinger.  If you know your history, you get the joke...  Kissinger committed honest to god war crimes, and Snowden obviously did not.  It's a slight against Kissinger and the Nobel committee, NOT against Snowden.

Also, he's obviously "in character".  Would you get upset at an actor doing something terrible in a movie?

Obama also received one... The prize doesn't have the best track-record lately...

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