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Clinton’s Impeachment Trials: In Hindsight

Here’s a paper that I wrote for my journalism course regarding the subject of Bill Clinton’s impeachment trials. The class was taught by U.S. Representative Richard Neal.

I (controversially) discuss how Clinton could have handled the progression of rape accusations against him by using Bush-era tactics to deflect any chance of a story developing in the first place. Give it a read, although this is by no means, my own personal viewpoint of rape and sexual misconduct. Politics can be quite dirty….

Click on the link below for the PDF:

(I’m sorry that there isn’t searchable text-I lost the original file during a data-dump.)

*Clinton’s Impeachment Trials: In Hindsight*


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Edward Snowden is a Threat to the National Security of the United States and Must Be Tried with Treason…(just another viewpoint)

This essay was for my Global Journalism class. The assignment was to present a standpoint against granting Snowden whistleblower status. I chose to approach Snowden’s actions through the eyes of the government in terms of “national security”.


Edward Snowden’s actions were rash and unwarranted. After leaking highly confidential government information to a foreign nation for the world to see, it would be appropriate to label him as what he is: a traitor. His refusal to return the documents while seeking asylum around the globe has indicated a strong anti-American sentiment. While Snowden hasn’t committed any acts of terror, the results of his actions might be even more catastrophic. By releasing documents to various “trustworthy journalists” for distribution at will, Snowden has created a security issue. Information about these documents can be leaked at any time. The government is already monitoring its media output with a new “D-notice” system, alerting editors to the release of “intelligence that might damage security.”

The damage caused by Snowden is “profound,” according to US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. The leaked documents contained “critical foreign intelligence collection sources, including some shared with us by valued partners.” Snowden’s stolen information contains military intelligence that if released, can fall into the hands of nearly anyone. As a result, threats of attack and social unrest lay as the foremost issues facing the US.

Snowden’s actions have also damaged U.S. diplomatic relations with allies such as Germany, whose citizens revere him as a hero after he exposed evidence of U.S. cyber-spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel. President Obama’s promise to “curb spying” on foreign allies and pass a “no spying” agreement with Germany has significantly broken the diplomatic confidence between the two nations and made the U.S. appear even weaker. Some of the leaked documents have compromised the actions of our military and diplomatic facilities in Germany and around the world. From this point on, the international community will analyze any diplomatic efforts by the United States with a great deal of scrutiny.

The Nobel Committee has added further insult to the injury, with two Norwegian politicians nominating Edward Snowden for the revered Peace Prize. The process of revealing nominees usually takes five decades, according to TIME Magazine. The Nobel Committee has really made a strong political statement by nominating Snowden’s name so early, and at the risk of U.S. security. (Either that, or they can tell the future) Obama’s credibility has been further threatened by this Peace Prize nomination, as he was a recipient of the award in 2009. By suggesting that he is just as influential and progressive as the President of the United States, the Nobel Community gives Snowden credibility and most importantly of all: a moral basis for his actions. The two politicians who made the nomination did so under the basis that Snowden “made the world a safer place.” In the eyes of the United States government, this could not be more false.

As a former member of the CIA and NSA, Edward Snowden is fully aware of the consequences of his leaks. He claims innocence, yet committed a massive crime against the American people by sacrificing their security under the guise of “freedom”. Snowden has exposed the severity of the issue to the United States government, claiming “government officials have said that they would love to put a bullet in my head…” At the risk of making American citizens’ lives more vulnerable to enemies, this punishment for treason might not seem so unreasonable.

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Don’t Worry, It’s All in Your Head ∞

When it comes right down to it, one’s ability to succeed is completely up to you. For example; some aren’t comfortable with the circumstances that surround them. The only way to change this is through you – that is – you have to make the mental (and physical) commitment to do so. It’s interesting to note that both physical and mental commitment are equally difficult.

For example, it’s easy to say that you’re going to start studying for tests and quickly take out a notebook to review. It’s a whole lot more difficult to get into this habit over time. Sure, you’re able to focus on your work now, but the toughest obstacle you’ll have to face is the toughest of them all: yourself.

Everyday, people fail to live their lives out to the full potential. Why? Everyone is insecure (to some degree). The best example of this is performing music live. When you step out onto that stage – the heat of the spotlight with hundreds of eyes staring back at you- it’s physically and mentally intimidating. While the audience just wants to hear a good song, you assume the worst. A few phrases come to mind “What if I fuck up?” “Oh no, everyone is expecting me to entertain them…”

Not being confident in your abilities is, like I said, a two sided issue. Even if you’re physically confident, the mental aspect of your confidence might not be there. Back in elementary school, everyone knew who the “popular” kids were. In fact, this conception is purely mental. Sure, they might seem popular, but were they really? The brain’s ability to form sides against others is a huge indicator of insecurity.

Sure, you can be insecure about your appearance, physical abilities, etc, but it’s all much deeper than that. For example: you’re walking through the lunchroom, seeing a new face pass by every second. Suddenly, you hear a group of people laughing loudly. “Are these kids laughing at me, or something else?” It’s kind of like when someone jokingly calls out to their friend in public, “Hey, pussy!” Most people laugh these situations off, but some have trouble dealing with the gravity of them: “How much do people care about what just happened?”.

Imagine a world where everyone is able to overcome their physical and mental struggles – there would be much less conflict for sure. Governments give their all trying to protect the physical well-being of their citizens, but they often ignore the most blatant problems – those of the mind.

Most parents tell their kids that they’ll have to learn to cope and deal with people who are rude, or “a little off”. I believe that people should not only be receptive to those with mental illness, but must also learn to understand their situation. This would make the inhabitants of workplaces, schools, and urban areas much less hostile towards each others’ differences.

It is very painful to watch people limit themselves when they have so much potential. One’s brain might believe something to be true, although in reality, the situation is completely different. To overcome the power of the mind is difficult, and the support of others gives the brain a new perspective other than it’s own.

In today’s society, many people associate mental illness with drug use or the concept of homosexuality. Such assumptions are extremely ignorant. The mind works in a more complex manner than basing itself around the labels society that has placed on everyday life.

Don’t fall into the trap of feeling like you must live like everyone else does. The cycle of life will only repeat itself until you mind wants more. It is at these moments where the mind will also limit you – a challenge awaits. Live life to the fullest, no matter what way that is. The ability to succeed lies solely in you.

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