|The gift of France, and focal point of the irony framed by Snowden|
In Numerama, February 9, 2016
Translated from French by Tom Winter, February 12, 2016
|Bronner: "The Assembly votes the insertion about the State of Emergency in the Constitution: 103 Deputies for, 26 against. And 441 deputies absent."|
Snowden: "Abandoning a free society for fear of terrorism is the only way to get beat by it."
It grants Parliament the power to set by law whatever administrative police measures it deems necessary to confront this state of emergency, the Constitutional Council then being virtually devoid of any power of censorship.
"France, who gave us the Statue of Liberty, has voted to abandon her own"
The text of the measure provides that the state of emergency can be declared for 12 days and then authorized by Parliament for maximum of 4 months, renewable.
Silent for years after his revelations, Edward Snowden got on Twitter last September, where he regularly comments on current international events related to public freedoms. However this is the first time he has published in a language other than his native English.
Before publishing his warning in French, he had published an earlier message of concern about the decline of freedoms in France: "France, who gave us the Statue of Liberty, has voted to give up her own," he tweeted, referring to a communique from Human Rights Watch, one of the most influential organizations in the world for the protection of fundamental rights.
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