‘Hillary just terrified everyone with an internet connection,’ Edward Snowden tweeted during Saturday’s Democratic debate. (photo: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images)
Tim Dickinson | Rolling Stone | Reader Supported News | December 21, 2015
Clinton’s Big Brotherish proposal at Saturday’s Democratic debate was both troubling and vague
he Democratic debate Saturday night featured familiar themes: Bernie Sanders hit Hillary Clinton as beholden to Wall Street, Clinton hit Sanders as soft on gun control, Martin O’Malley had a tough time getting a word in edgewise — as this sad exchange with moderator Martha Raddatz demonstrates:
O’MALLEY: Martha, may I — Martha, may I…
RADDATZ: No, no, not yet, Gov. O’Malley.
O’MALLEY: Can I share this quick story?
RADDATZ: No, not yet, Gov. O’Malley.
O’MALLEY: Oh. All right.
The debate was notable for what was not covered: Just as at the most recent Republican debate, the moderators failed to ask a single question about climate change — as though the historic global accord reached in Paris last week never happened.
The questioning, instead, tilted heavily toward national security and the threat of ISIS. It was on this subject that Clinton issued a troubling call to arms for the nation’s tech companies and government to join forces against encrypted private communications.