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Miss USA Stands by Statement that Self-Defense Can Help Prevent Sexual Assault

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 “I always believe in women’s empowerment and women’s encouragement and for me, in my life, that’s self defense.”

For National Review OnlineMolly Wharton writes:

In a HuffPost Live interview on Thursday, Miss USA Nia Sanchez defended a controversial statement about sexual assault that she had made during the competition. Sanchez had suggested that women should learn self-defense abilities in order to help protect themselves from assault, which some interpreted to mean that women are wholly responsible for preventing violence against themselves. She was criticized extensively on social media, which you can read about in Andrew’s article here.

“…unfortunately, the world we live in is not always as safe as we hope it could be…” 

In the interview, Sanchez didn’t back down from her statement…(read more)

“So why not take more control into your own hands and feel confident to protect yourself.”

Watch Nia Sanchez defend her answer here.

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[VIDEO] Glenn Greenwald on Meet The Press: Traitor Label ‘Badge of Honor’

“One of the most encouraging aspects of the story has been that there has been a complete breakdown in the traditional, standard divisions between left and right or conservative and liberal, Republican and Democrat…”

Glenn Greenwald appeared on Meet the Press, things ended poorly for David Gregory. On Sunday morning, Greenwald appeared on the show for the first time since the contretemps, though NBC put two layers between Greenwald and Gregory, having justice correspondent Pete Williams conduct the interview and fielding the questions from social media.

“…There has been this extremely inspiring bipartisan coalition that has emerged that has demanded that there be constraints imposed on the NSA.”

Greenwald told HuffPost Live he was disappointed Gregory wouldn’t be conducting the interview, as he was curious how the host’s approach may have changed since last summer. Alas.greenwaldbook

[Glenn Greenwald‘s book: No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State is available from Amazon.com]

The most pointed question asked how Greenweld reconciled his comparison of NSA leaker Edward Snowden to Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, given that Ellsberg stayed to face trial while Snowden fled the U.S. and eventually defected to Russia. He quoted Ellsberg’s op-ed arguing that the justice system had become considerably harsher toward whistleblowers. “If Edward Snowden were to go on trial, he would be rendered incommunicado, he would not be released on bail, he couldn’t argue his case to the public,” Greenwald said. Read the rest of this entry »