The former CIA contractor, who is currently in Russia with temporary asylum, handed over an internal audit and other top-secret documents detailing the illegal behaviour. Most of the infractions involved unauthorised surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order, The Washington Post said. They ranged from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of US emails and telephone calls, it said. The Post said the documents it obtained were part of a trove of materials provided to the paper by Mr Snowden
It is being presented on TV at this hour as if the NSA revealed this information, no mention of Snowden.The article states the NSA also tried to cover the extent and detail of this audit from Congressional oversight and the FISA court. The NSA is a rogue agency.
What are the chances that both the Chinese and Russian governments _did not_ immediately make copies of the 4 laptops carried by Snowden? I´d say more than pretty slim. This is the true disaster about this episode.
The NSA is probably going to have switch up its methods because of this disclosure.
The NSA was spying on everybody except the guy right under their nose, Snowden. Someone has to explain the internal security laspe that permitted Snowden to access classified data and transfer that data to a personal memory stick, and to do so for a long period of time. No security admin in NSA caught onto this?
Some politician said Snowden did wrong and should have gone through the chain of command. Oh sure, and give them time to scrub and conjure up plausible deniability. Oh of course it was a area code mix up of 202 DC, a complete mistake, lol. Once the voyeurs were hooked, they kept mainlining the eavesdropping, like listening in to US troops overseas talk to their girlfriends at home. Oh yeah that really is proactive steps against terrorism. So we are still waiting to learn why they didn´t stop the Boston Bombings. Now even liberal Oliver Stone appropriately named Obama a snake over this.
Snowden deserves jail. If you admire his martyrdom, that´s fine. He did have other channels to make his revelations. And he did take an oath, though modern rationalization says "yeah, but" for everything.
At the risk of all future comfort, at the risk of his own life, he exposed a secret government operation monster. He created the ultimate example of Thoreau´s CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE. It´s good enough to be a spy thriller movie fleeing assassination endlessly, like Bourne, all over Europe.
The most unnerving aspect of this affair is the realization that we no longer have privacy...period. Everyone is spying on all of us. Even the apps that we download say up front they will have access to all your accounts, passwords, and can make changes to those accounts. Wow. Goggle is doing very detailed remapping of every inhabited inch of this country. Be ever vigilant my friends.
To me Snowden is a hero. He had the guts to challenge this corrupt government. If you #7 like what is happening here in the US, then you will not have a problem living in a socialist society. What is happening with the US government is corruption on steroids!!!!!!!
I think that there may be a lot more to this than we have heard yet. The NSA supposedly mistook the Washington D.C. area code for the Egypt area code (I guess the computers and analysts are stupid.)
That would make a convenient excuse for spying on certain politicians and political organizations in D.C. Especially Republicans and other conservative groups, lobbyists, etc. Romney´s election campaign?
The NSA has a necessary function but the problem is lack of trust of the administration. The justice department has shown that anything goes with this administration.
This could surpass Watergate. There needs to be some serious investigation into this issue.
My name is Patrick. I am on the back side of 60 years old. I live a relatively quiet life where I love to go to church, love to sing with my barbershop quartet buddies and have many friends in little LDS community where I live. I am not at all worried about my government spying on me. HOWEVER, if I ever ran for congress or the senate all that would change. All of my phone calls, emails, tax records, internet downloads etc. would be at their disposal for opposition research. I know for certain they would do it. Some corrupt government we have here!
The NSA would be fine if it was run by people whom you could actually trust. That´s the problem with government-run organizations - they are only as good as the people who run them. You can have the most corrupt people in government and they could do whatever they want, directing these organizations to furnish the government´s political agenda. This appears to have happened with the Obama administration.
If the NSA, and thus the US Government, is going to treat all American citizens as suspects then I darn well expect them to enforce the laws and arrest someone like a Nidal Hassan so as to prevent the massacre of 14 innocents at Ft. Hood, and not be PC and protect Muslims or others that the US Govt favors.
No, this program is dssigned or morphed into something not to protect us but to harass us.
You say you do not mind the government spying on you. Would you change your mind if you called in an order for pizza which was detected by the government and your medical insurance premiums increased because of poor health choices? Think it couldn´t happen? Think again.
"And he did take an oath, though modern rationalization says "yeah, but" for everything."
Nazi´s took oathes too.
The only oath that has any weight is that which is taken to the Constitution, certainly not to any particular government agency. Revealing unconsstitutional actions by a government agency IS paying fielty to that oath.
I´m guessing NSA´s spying in the Arab world isn´t paying off the way our President thought it would. Remember all those Arab Spring´s where we supported their revolution with military arms and money. Turns out those people really were all terrorists, something everyone knew, but only the White House embraced, and of course NSA and other corrupted agencies.
Probably NSA should have provided more foresight on world wide terrorism, instead they seem to have more interest in what American citizens are doing. Are we engaging in unconstitutional behavior like writing on this subject and therefor a threat to the peeping Tom folks.
When I read that recycle bins are registering cell phones walking by, and police car cameras are reading and recording all license plates they cruise by, I think I see a revolution in our future. Whatever you think of Snowden, good or bad, he has brought a lot of this spying on American citizens to light, especially by government agencies sworn to protect you, not violate you privacy and trust for political or control purposes.
Our government is corrupt and out of control. Keep leaking Snowden, it is interesting reading, and revealing about a once proud government run amok.
I fully understand the difficulty many of our wise L-Dotters have in accepting the claim that Snowden is a hero. He did in fact break the law. Some of the information revealed did in fact help our enemies. And he sought asylum with one of our enemies.
Having said that, suppose YOU had been the one who discovered a massive, clearly unconstitutional surveillance of every US citizen. What channel would you have used to get the truth out? Do you, today, trust ANYONE in Congress? The Justice Department? The courts? Exactly what venue would you have chosen and where would you go to assure your safety until your revelations were fully vetted?
No. This was needed. And he has done a great service to us all.
Just saw a replay of BO on Leno asserting that he has put in all sorts of safe-guards to make sure the NSA´s activities remain circumscribed and carefully monitored. right.
Let´s face it, the Left is made up of Triple-A control freaks who think that Orwell and Thomas More and Aldous Huxley and, hey, Plato himself, had the right idea: an elite ruling class controlling every single detail of everyone´s lives --for their own good, of course!
They have tried it before (USSR, East Bloc countries, e.g.) and are still engaged in it, like the NoKos.
This is how totalitarians operate. They also always promise some sort of utopia. They ALWAYS must resort to compulsion and brutality, eventually, because most people do want to live their own lives, to have freedom, to NOT have some Authoritarian telling them what to do, how to think, whether to think, how many children they can have, or whether they may have any at all, what medical procedures they may or may not have, etc etc etc
In this age of voyeuristic technology, young people don´t seem overly concerned. They are ignorant of the most gruesome realities of communist and fascist regimes.
They have not been raised to think of their bodies as sacred, that modesty is a good thing. Maybe it should be celebrated when we hear a child assert, "You´re not the boss of me!"
Soon our cars will be outfitted with "black boxes" so that we will not be able to escape... not with drones above. This sort of control was only dreamed about by communist overlords.
We can not wink at the evil doings of the NSA in the service of an increasingly anti-Constitutional regime.
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