January 23, 2014
In its article about President Obama’s plan to put limits on the NSA, Ars Technica quotes Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson:
Privacy advocates and legal experts had mixed opinions on Obama’s reforms, but many told Ars that they did not go far enough. In particular, nearly all agreed that Snowden “won,” and had achieved what he set out to do.
“The President’s discussion of Snowden was masterful, but not successful, because it was contradictory,” Ruthann Robson, a law professor at the City University of New York, told Ars. “Snowden’s revelations were both irrelevant and dangerous. Yet the very fact that Snowden is mentioned must mean, in some sense, that the goals that Snowden articulated have been realized.”
Prof. Robson is an expert on constitutional law and sexuality issues and is the co-editor of the Constitutional Law Professors Blog. Her latest book is Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy From Our Hairstyles to Our Shoes.