Clapper Snaps Back on NSA Press AttackToday in Skye's Spies, the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper finally issued a response regarding the NSA-Gate, indicating that these "spying" programs are longstanding and not NEW (like I said three days ago)...and that the Press failed to give the public any CONTEXT in a rush to publish (uhhhh...as I also said three days ago--I was really good at my job, by the way. LOL). Although I will say that I don't believe it was merely a rush to publish, more like trying to stick another thumb in the eye of the Obama administration because they're still miffed about the leak probe.
While I'm glad that Clapper has stepped up, I disagree with declassifying ANYTHING to assuage any prickled feelings. The FBI and the Intelligence Community have jobs that they've done very well for decades without the American people having their noses stuck in every facet of what goes on behind the scenes. Quite frankly, 90% of the time, they'd be bored to tears. And the other 9 percent of the time, they'd be interested, and 1 percent of the time they'd be thankful as hell.
On the whole, the United States is a pretty safe country...now you know why.
But back to the leak situation...
NSA-CIA Contractor Confesses NSA LeakIn other news--*big sigh*--Edward Snowden, a CIA/NSA contractor formerly based in Hawaii, has revealed his identity and confessed to leaking the secret documents regarding the classified NSA/FBI program. To show you how utterly STUPID and CLUELESS this "honorable" guy is, he left his home in beautiful Hawaii to hide in Hong Kong where the Guardian says he's been since May 20th. Told his supervisors that he needed to be away for a few weeks to receive treatment for epilepsy. Guardian says "Snowden is quoted as saying he chose that city because 'they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent', and because he believed it was among the spots on the globe that could and would resist the dictates of the U.S. government."
If the idiot had taken 10 minutes to do a Google search, he would've seen the United States has an extradition treaty with the Hong Kong. If the U.S. issues a warrant for his arrest, he will be standing trial faster than he can spell epilepsy. I can only hope a warrant is in the works. This guy has caused as much damage as any spy. He should be treated as such.
To further demonstrate his intellectual prowess, Snowden says, and I quote, "So while they may be intending to target someone associated with a foreign government, or someone that they suspect of terrorism, they're collecting your communications to do so."
Let's just pause and think about that for a second.
If the FBI is looking for information on foreign government and terrorist threats INSIDE the United States, exactly whose communications should they target and collect information from...again... to find a threat INSIDE the United States???
Hong Kong perhaps?
The indigenous region of the Australian Aborigines?
I mean really? And this guy served in the United State Army??? What was his rank, 2nd Class Moron?
At times like this, I wish the United States had a Putin-esque president, one that would call him a pig on national television and then snatch him up and jail him so fast he would've forgotten how to pronounce the word "epilepsy."
So what did the President have to say about this mess???
"It's important to recognize that you can't have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience," Obama said. "We're going to have to make some choices as a society. And what I can say is that in evaluating these programs, they make a difference in our capacity to anticipate and prevent possible terrorist activity."
I'm not always on one accord with the President's statements, but he's sure got this one right...
The American people are going to have to decide whether they want 100 percent privacy...or whether they want another 9-11. And yes, the decision is THAT simple. There are no gray areas.
This is a different world and we have to fight with the most effective tools we have. Communications surveillance is one of them.
The FBI doesn't care about your break up with your husband, the love letter to your 2nd other wife, the naked pics you sent to your boyfriend, or even that questionable picture on the nether regions of your hard drive with the sheep and the Hershey bar.
If you're not talking to Abdul about going to training camp and committing Jihad -- or something in that neighborhood--then the government will not impede on your freedom to do ANYTHING.
Can't wait for a new headline...the one that says this jerk off Snowden is in PRISON!
And that's all I have to say about that.
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