Militants Changing Tactics in the Wake of the Snowden LeakToday in Skye's Spies, according to a recent foreign press report, militants have begun shifting operational tactics in the wake of the Snowden leak. Intelligence officials say members of tracked militant groups are now avoiding the use of open communications while they seek more secure methods. While it may slow operational planning in the short-term as they find alternate, more encrypted means, the shift potentially leaves the United States more vulnerable to terrorist attacks in the future.
Well, I've been saying this all along. Disclosures like Snowden's not only inform the American public, but they inform our enemies. Of course the American public will be all in an uproar until the next big headline ticks them. In another month, most Americans will be saying "Snowden who?" But long after he's dropped to the fifth page, we will feel the effects of this narcissistic effort to grab a headline while playing out some spy movie fantasy on the world stage.
When U.S. security forces or the military are unable to avert the next truck bomb that takes down a government building or avoid the militant storming of an overseas embassy or the boat bombing of one of our docked Navy ships, we will be reminded of Snowden again and again. And we will forever have to ask the question--if he did not disclose information on the NSA program would the U.S. Intelligence Community have been able to foil the attack. The answer might be yes...or it might be no. But the question will be asked.
In a discussion with a colleague a few days ago, he indicated that most people assume the government is listening anyway. True. Most do. And I don't think the news came as much of a shock or posed a problem for the reasonably minded. But for the militant plotting in Yemen, there was enough doubt that the U.S. could target their specific communications that they continued to use open methods, thinking "not MY phone, not right now." What Snowden has done is remove all doubt and our enemies would be fools not to change their communications methods. Will this mean that they will have to revert to less secure means, like personal meetings and couriers? In some cases, yes. In most cases they will find better encryption that's harder to crack and our intelligence agencies will have to expend millions of dollars in an effort to crack NEW codes, so they can hear, so they can keep this country safe and free. And, unfortunately, this will all take time, time our U.S. national security may not be able to afford.
And here's the kicker...if a terrorist attack occurs in the United States due to his leak, as far as he knows, HE'LL be safe and sound in Venezuela or Ecuador. That's got to be the biggest "F* YOU" the American people have ever received from one of its own.
In other Snowden news...
Snowden Hates Leakers...Four Years AgoBetcha can't guess who said the following in the comment section in response to a 2009 article on the WikiLeakers posted on a technology website.
[Direct quote from Huffington Post article.]
"meh. national security." responded a user.
"Um, YEEEEEEEEEEEES.that shit is classified for a reason," he said. "it's not because "oh we hope our citizens don't find out. it's because "this shit won't work if iran knows what we're doing."
"I am so angry right now. This is completely unbelievable," he said.
Did you guess yet?
No, it wasn't me, Silly!
It was Edward Snowden, the "HERO" stuck in the transit area at a Moscow airport, the fugitive seeking asylum in Ecuador.
If this isn't RICH, I don't know what is.
This disclosure should tell you ONE thing about Mr. Snowden--He knew the disclosure of information on NSA programs would harm U.S. national security, he understood the long-term impact, he understood our enemies might shift tactics, and he turned it over to the press anyway.
Those are NOT the actions of a "Hero" they are the actions of a TRAITOR.
In the words of Ace Ventura--"Lay-HOO-say-ER." (That's "loser" in Ventura-nese).
And that's all I have to say about that!
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