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Thursday, May 29, 2014

MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Explores Snowden: A Dangerous Traitor

"I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things … I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under." Edward Snowden.  

Andrea Mitchell explores Edward Snowden's visit with NBC Nightly News's, Brian Williams.  Allow me to state before I go on, "It is a shame Rachel Maddow or Lawrence O'Donnell did not conduct the interview with a person I strongly consider an agent of espionage."

The business of asking people, "Are you a spy?" is comparable to Chirs Cuomo, CNN NewDay, asking a Cliven Bundy or Anderson Cooper asking Donald Sterling, if they are racist. Does the interviewer really expect an answer in the affirmative? We can actually look beyond the high school journalism nature of the question while focusing on real issues related to Bundy and Sterling's obvious racism.  Williams as the highest paid network news evening host really could probe beyond such baseline non-answer questions. Questions that leaves the impression Snowden might have insisted on pre-agreed upon questions. 

The traitor has irrefutably damaged US INTEL capability possibly for decades.  We will get back to that point after a few video snippets of "This morning with Snowden." Our snippets are from Mitchell's show. we have as much interest in the NBC's (ratings garnering) one hour Snowden broadcast as we have in a back-jaw molar removal (without Novocaine).

Let's start with Mitchell's seconds long intro to Snowden. She leaves-off a very critical aspect of Snowden we only find in Internet articles or print media. Snowden was a high school dropout!  OK, we will not dwell there as we all know people who for various reason did not finish high school. Our intent is not to disparage. Much more relevant is his core make-up which continued to develop long after he dropped out of high school. Wonder, if he ever secured a GED diploma? I also wonder if he has ever admitted failure to finish high school on the job applications he completed prior to hire with US INTEL agencies.

Mitchell  I

I am guessing once the forgiving US allows the traitor back into the US, and he keyboards his $Million dollar best seller, he might explain his lack of formal education. 
Mitchell II 

OK, now are people really so naive to buy into Snowden's sophism? "After one year grave." I ask that you follow me along for a minute or two. Does the young libertarian not realize that Custer fell to Sitting Bull, Gall. and Crazy Horse in a major way based on his Native American scouts reports of 800 fighters in the combined Lakota encamped nation they intended to push around? The actual number of warriors was 1800 hundred with many young Bonsai types bound to die for their cause.  

Short-term sophism shrouding long-term danger is typical US conservative.  INTEL is a nation protector or killer, and INTEL often I supersedes Snowden's hypothetical miscalculating B/S of "After one year..." Actual the comment seems right of out some Russian INTEL FSB playbook. Yet, he "rolls that" out at us!

Snowden also stated he is not working with Russian Intel. He responded to Williams with he has never met Vladimir Putin. Well, the sad lament of the nonintellectual that he believes this response to a dumb question from Brain Williams means anything more than commercial airtime. Williams, has to know Putin would never be brash enough nor careless enough to sit with the former NSA technician turned spy/traitor.  The answer was simply as ignorant as the question. Thus my earlier wish from an interview with Maddow or O'Donnell.  Here is the full segment if you wish: Linked.  (Personally, I have no interest in posting the full segment as it has far too much conservative comment from Chuck Todd). 

The following full segment includes Mitchell and two guests who obviously disagree with Snowden's claims of prior to defection attempts to report his issues through channels. 

I will admit to no surprise as Mitchell worked to link with the very conservative Chuck Todd. She used Todd as she developed her interview with guest who did not appear to agree with her Snowden paradigm. My level of validation and glee with comment from Mitchell's guest is impossible to contain.

Snowden should accept the downside of his choices.

He chose... drop out of high school, 
  ...a stint with military life at which he failed, secure computer technician training, become a follower and admirer of on Ron Paul,      contract with INTEL agencies post CIA  contract termination manipulate passwords from co-workers in Honolulu
 abscond with data that not only addresses issues of privacy.

The Top Secret information he stole also offers INTEL know-how and that includes opportunity to reverse engineer to develop counter measures. 

Snowden's longing for the US should be factored in many ways. He has factually compromised US INTEL; fact. He longs to join his buddy Greenwald in book sells that will surely garner million, thus rewarding his placing our nation at great risk. His ego far exceeds his intellect and he seems to relish his notoriety. I seriously wonder if his psychology is such he is not seeking life long aspirations to increase probable low self-esteem. Snowden certainly appears to anticipate libertarian celebrity unparalleled in the party to date.  

Can you imagine a Libertarian hero with a future platform to leverage his espionage notoriety into social impetus for libertarian policy?

My questions and concern will mean little to the 60 plus percent of poll respondents who feel Snowden is a hero. 

Why does that prospect disappoint? 

There is no good answer since I recall millions electing George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to two terms in the White House. 

As I think of the prospect of Snowden as hero, I also think of Custer. On that June 25th 1876, Custer must have awakened with the thought, "Well, guess I will head over that big encampment and fuck with Sitting Bull."

I also believe there are many who will not accept the deeper seriousness of Snowden's espionage.  Are we being dangerously careless during times of technology that cast the US Constitution open for re-interpretation? Are we blindly failing to pay attention to monitoring cameras on most US highways and in most cities? Are we not at all concerned about acclimating and assimilating to snooping associated with data banks that sell our personal data. We seem more upset with NSA Meta-data monitoring than we are upset Target Stores, Ebay and most US retail stores refusal to convert to digital credit card transactions (due to cost) vs the brown strip antiquated tool we have in our wallets and handbags.

3-Inch Ordnance Rifle similar
to those used by several
Ohio batteries during the war
US Army Gatlin Gun
Our priorities seems to be as bull-headed in the wrong direction as ...well I have to take you back to George Armstrong Custer. Custer completely ignored his commander's strong recommendation to deploy with horse drawn Gatlin guns and light cavalry artillery. Custer felt the armaments would slow his cavalry brigade. The 60 plus percent who feel Snowden is a hero should carefully contemplate the finality of making bad decisions.

What happens when the next anti-US government Libertarian does similar. Ron Paul openly exhorted others to follow Snowden's lead? Pau spoke the words posted below.

US News June 2013
"We should be thankful for individuals like Edward Snowden and [investigative reporter] Glenn Greenwald, who see injustice being carried out by their own government and speak out, despite the risk," Paul said in remarks posted on, the website of an advocacy group that Paul leads.

"...despite the risk."  Despite the risk and the prospect of societal finality!

From the Libertarian who espoused legalizing heroin!

Before we end here, I ask that you scroll up and re-read the caption under Snowden and his mentor's image. After reading, ask yourself why would Snowden find comfort in Russia?


Monday, June 10, 2013

ProPublica Offers NSA Monitoring Timeline; PEW Survey Majority Approve Monitoring

Pew Research June 10, 2013

A few days ago ProPublica published a timeline of the US "Mass Surveillance" Program.  The timeline is critical for two reason. 

First, a reminder that much of the flack from people like Ron Paul, the entirety of Fox News and other conservative opportunistic vultures have to be countered by facts regarding genesis of the program.  As to the alleged, "It has been invigorated under Obama", well so has efforts to attack the US. Factually the program paid off big in 2011 as a bomb plot was thwarted as the bomber enter the New York Metro Ara. His arrest and eventual conviction are directly attributable to the NSA's monitoring (Probably the PRISM Program).   We have posted links to articles showing AT & T and NSA cooperation in phone system monitoring in San Francisco in 2006.

The second reason for posting the timeline is far more basic. We want to join ProPublica in providing a fact based chronology of what has developed onto the PRISM Program.  Multiple source for such information provides opportunity for educated people.  You will not find a comparable Timeline on CNN and Fox News.  In fact, I have not seen such a comprehensive timeline on MSNBC.

Mass Surveillance in America: A Timeline of Loosening Laws and Practices

On Wednesday, the Guardian published a secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over data for all the calls made on its network on an “ongoing, daily basis.” Other revelations about surveillance of phone and digital communications have followed.
That the National Security Agency has engaged in such activity isn’t entirely new: Since 9/11, we've learned about large-scale surveillance by the spy agency from a patchwork of official statements, classified documents, and anonymously sourced news stories.

Surveillance court created

Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho) led the investigation.

After a post-Watergate Senate investigation documented abuses of government surveillance, Congress passes the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, to regulate how the government can monitor suspected spies or terrorists in the U.S. The law establishes a secret court that issues warrants for electronic surveillance or physical searches of a “foreign power” or “agents of a foreign power” (broadly defined in the law). The government doesn’t have to demonstrate probable cause of a crime, just that the “purpose of the surveillance is to obtain foreign intelligence information.”
The court’s sessions and opinions are classified. The only information we have is a yearly report to the Senate documenting the number of “applications” made by the government. Since 1978, the court has approved thousands of applications – and rejected just 11.

Oct. 2001

Patriot Act passed

President George W. Bush signs the Patriot Act.
In the wake of 9/11, Congress passes the sweeping USA Patriot Act. One provision, section 215, allows the FBI to ask the FISA court to compel the sharing of books, business documents, tax records, library check-out lists – actually, “any tangible thing” – as part of a foreign intelligence or international terrorism investigation. The required material can include purely domestic records.

Oct. 2003

‘Vacuum-cleaner surveillance’ of the Internet

Mark Klein
AT&T technician Mark Klein discovers what he believes to be newly installed NSA data-mining equipment in a “secret room” at a company facility in San Francisco. Klein, who several years later goes public with his story to support a lawsuit against the company, believes the equipment enables “vacuum-cleaner surveillance of all the data crossing the Internet – whether that be peoples' e-mail, web surfing or any other data.”

March 2004

Ashcroft hospital showdown

Attorney General John Ashcroft
In what would become one of the most famous moments of the Bush Administration, presidential aides Andrew Card and Alberto Gonzalesshow up at the hospital bed of John Ashcroft. Their purpose? To convince the seriously ill attorney general to sign off on the extension of a secret domestic spying program. Ashcroft refuses, believing the warrantless program to be illegal.
The hospital showdown was first reported by the New York Times, but two years later Newsweek provided more detail, describing a program that sounds similar to the onethe Guardian revealed this week. The NSA, Newsweek reported citing anonymous sources, collected without court approval vast quantities of phone and email metadata "with cooperation from some of the country’s largest telecommunications companies" from "tens of millions of average Americans." The magazine says the program itself began in September 2001 and was shut down in March 2004 after the hospital incident. But Newsweek also raises the possibility that Bush may have found new justification to continue some of the activity.

Dec. 2005

Warrantless wiretapping revealed

Michael Hayden, director of the NSA when the warrantless wiretapping began
The Times, over the objections of the Bush Administration, reveals that since 2002 the government “monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants.” The program involves actually listening in on phone calls and reading emails without seeking permission from the FISA Court.

Jan. 2006

Bush defends wiretapping

President Bush speaks at Kansas State University.
President Bush defends what he calls the “terrorist surveillance program” in a speech in Kansas. He says the program only looks at calls in which one end of the communication is overseas.

March 2006

Patriot Act renewed

The Senate and House pass legislation to renew the USA Patriot Act with broad bipartisan support and President Bush signs it into law. It includes a few new protections for records required to be produced under the controversial section 215.

May 2006

Mass collection of call data revealed

USA Today reports that the NSA has been collecting data since 2001 on phone records of “tens of millions of Americans” through three major phone companies, Verizon, AT&T, and BellSouth (though the companies level of involvement is later disputed.) The data collected does not include content of calls but rather data like phone numbers for analyzing communication patterns.
As with the wiretapping program revealed by the Times, the NSA data collection occurs without warrants, according to USA Today. Unlike the wiretapping program, the NSA data collection was not limited to international communications.


Court authorizes collection of call data

The mass data collection reported by the Guardian this week apparently was first authorized by the FISA court in 2006, though exactly when is not clear. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee, said Thursday, “As far as I know, this is the exact three-month renewal of what has been in place for the past seven years.” Similarly, the Washington Post quoted an anonymous “expert in this aspect of the law” who said the document published by the Guardian appears to be a “routine renewal” of an order first issued in 2006.
It’s not clear whether these orders represent court approval of the previously warrantless data collection that USA Today described.
Jan. 2007

Bush admin says surveillance now operating with court approval

Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announces that the FISA court has allowed the government to target international communications that start or end in the U.S., as long as one person is “a member or agent of al Qaeda or an associated terrorist organization.” Gonzalez says the government is ending the “terrorist surveillance program,” and bringing such cases under FISA approval.

Aug. 2007

Congress expands surveillance powers

The FISA court reportedly changes its stance and puts more limits on the Bush administration’s surveillance (the details of the court’s move are still not known.) In response, Congress quickly passes, and President Bush signs, a stopgap law, the Protect America Act.
In many cases, the government can now get blanket surveillance warrants without naming specific individuals as targets. To do that, the government needs to show that they’re not intentionally targeting people in the U.S., even if domestic communications are swept up in the process.

Sept. 2007

Prism begins

The FBI and the NSA get access to user data from Microsoft under a top-secret program known as Prism, according to an NSA PowerPoint briefing published by the Washington Post and the Guardian this week. In subsequent years, the government reportedly gets data from eight other companies including Apple and Google. “The extent and nature of the data collected from each company varies,” according to the Guardian.

July 2008

Congress renews broader surveillance powers

Congress follows up the Protect America Act with another law, the FISA Amendments Act, extending the government’s expanded spying powers for another four years. The law now approaches the kind of warrantless wiretapping that occurred earlier in Bush administration. Senator Obama votes for the act.
The act also gives immunity to telecom companies for their participation in warrantless wiretapping.

April 2009

NSA ‘overcollects

The New York Times reports that for several months, the NSA had gotten ahold of domestic communications it wasn’t supposed to. The Times says it was likely the result of “technical problems in the NSA’s ability” to distinguish between domestic and overseas communications. The Justice Department says the problems have been resolved.

Feb. 2010

Controversial Patriot Act provision extended

President Obama
President Obama signs a temporary one-year extension of elements of the Patriot Act that were set to expire -- including Section 215, which grants the government broad powers to seize records.

May 2011

Patriot Act renewed, again

The House and Senate pass legislation to extend the overall Patriot Act. President Obama, who is in Europe as the law is set to expire, directs the bill to be signed with an “autopen” machine in his stead. It’s the first time in history a U.S. president has done so.

March 2012

Senators warn cryptically of overreach

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
In a letter to the attorney general, Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mark Udall, D-Colo., write, “We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details” of how the government has interpreted Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Because the program is classified, the senators offer no further details.

July 2012

Court finds unconstitutional surveillance

According to a declassified statement by Wyden, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held on at least one occasion that information collection carried out by the government was unconstitutional. But the details of that episode, including when it happened, have never been revealed.

Dec. 2012

Broad powers again extended

President Obama
Congress extends the FISA Amendments Act another five years, and Obama signs it into law. Sens. Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Oregon Democrats, offer amendments requiring more disclosure about the law’s impact. The proposals fail.

April 2013

Verizon order issued

As the Guardian revealed this week, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judge Roger Vinson issues a secret court order directing Verizon Business Network Services to turn over “metadata” -- including the time, duration and location of phone calls, though not what was said on the calls -- to the NSA for all calls over the next three months. Verizon is ordered to deliver the records “on an ongoing daily basis.” The Wall Street Journal reports this week that AT&T and Sprint have similar arrangements.
The Verizon order cites Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows the FBI to request a court order that requires a business to turn over “any tangible things (including books, records, papers, documents, and other items)” relevant to an international spying or terrorism investigation. In 2012, the government asked for 212 such orders, and the court approved them all.

June 2013

Congress and White House respond

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
Following the publication of the Guardian’s story about the Verizon order, Sens. Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., the chair and vice of the Senate intelligence committee, hold a news conference to dismiss criticism of the order. “This is nothing particularly new,” Chambliss says. “This has been going on for seven years under the auspices of the FISA authority, and every member of the United States Senate has been advised of this.”
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acknowledges the collection of phone metadata but says the information acquired is “subject to strict restrictions on handling” and that “only a very small fraction of the records are ever reviewed.” Clapper also issues a statement saying that the collection under the Prism program was justified under the FISA Amendments of 2008, and that it is not “intentionally targeting” any American or person in the U.S.

Statements from the tech companies reportedly taking part in the Prism program variously disavow knowledge of the program and merely state in broad terms they follow the law.
For more on surveillance, check out our roundup of investigative reporting on the issue and our rundown of how the government can get your digital data without a warrant.

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