Well This is Awkward

French Government officials loudly condemned the U.S. and Britain for operating surveillance programs. A few days later, it was revealed that the French Government has long done the same thing.

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is a Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans and drugs. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and scholarly articles, and has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), the San Francisco Chronicle and other media outlets. When he is not in the San Francisco Bay Area, he is usually in London, where he is an ad hoc policy adviser to the national and city government, an honorary professor of psychiatry at Kings College, a senior editorial adviser to the journal Addiction, and a member of The Athenaeum. When he is not in the San Francisco Bay Area or London, he is usually in Washington D.C., where he serves as a frequent science and policy advisor to federal agencies, and where he has served previously as an appointee to a White House commission and several Secretarial task forces. From July 2009-2010, he served as Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. When he is not in the San Francisco Bay Area or London or Washington D.C., he is usually in the Middle East, where since 2004 he has volunteered in the international humanitarian effort to rebuild Iraq’s mental health care system. This work has taken him to Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon to teach and consult with Iraqi health professionals and policy makers.

7 thoughts on “Well This is Awkward”

    1. Okay. Where was he supposed to be? Should he have been chained to his desk, like some sort of executive branch galley slave, pulling the oars of the ship of state?

  1. I’m disappointed.

    I whould have thought Mr. Kerry would have been on that big Ocean Alexander yacht behind him in the last picture.

    1. Please note my new word “whould.” I couldn’t decide between should and would, so I wrote both of them.

      …or maybe it was a typo. I can’t remember.

  2. I’m trying to remember hearing of the U.S. condemning another nation’s “surveillance” (i.e., spying) programs.

  3. Yeah that is awkward in a stupid way: All governments spy.
    Always have. Always will.
    So quit already with the Gallic noble nose pose.

    But this…
    This is awkward in a truly awkward way:

    Libertarian and Liberal Hero Snowden being exposed by the citizen surveillance state as having opinions such as these:

    WTF NYTIMES
    Are they TRYING to start a war?
    Jesus christ they’re like wikileaks
    they’re just reporting, dude.
    They’re reporting classified shit
    shrugs
    about an unpopular country surrounded by enemies already engaged in a war
    and about our interactions with said country regarding planning sovereignity violations of another country
    you don’t put that shit in the NEWSPAPER
    meh
    moreover, who the fuck are the anonymous sources telling them this?
    those people should be shot in the balls.

    And this:

    Somehow, our society managed to make it hundreds of years without social security just fine
    you fucking retards
    Magically the world changed after the new deal, and old people became made of glass

    my grandmother is eighty fucking three this year, and you know what? she still supports herself working as a goddamned hairdresser
    [other user] no after all these years, i can tell when TTH is just being stupid (it’s always)
    she doesn’t approve of social security, either
    TheTrueHOOHA: wow i love how your one data point is all the evidence we need
    i for one am convined
    maybe when you grow up and actually pay taxes, you’ll understand, [User11].

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/06/exclusive-in-2009-ed-snowden-said-leakers-should-be-shot-then-he-became-one/

    1. It’s more than a little odd that he revealed himself because “he didn’t want to become the story”. What did he think would happen?

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