Accuracy in Media

The NSA leaker is being protected by China and has a home waiting in Russia. Yet, conservative media personalities such as Glenn Beck are saying that he is a hero. They seem to think that the NSA’s terrorist surveillance program has been used by Obama to go after conservatives, in the same way we have seen in the IRS scandal. There is no evidence this is the case.

If there is evidence that Obama is using the NSA terrorist surveillance program to monitor and harass conservatives, where is it? We have that evidence in the IRS scandal, but not here.

The NSA program is designed to follow and monitor foreign terrorists and enemy agents with U.S. connections. It remains to be seen if the program has been used to go after our real enemies, especially the Islamists, but the outrage against the NSA that has followed the revelations of Edward Snowden is mystifying. The NSA, after all, is a spy agency. The NSA is a front-line intelligence agency that monitors electronic communications. One can argue that we need more, not less, surveillance of our enemies operating on American soil. But that side of the argument is missing from the media coverage.

“The Signals Intelligence mission [of the NSA] collects, processes, and disseminates intelligence information from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes and to support military operations,” the NSA’s website says. “This Agency also enables Network Warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.”

There is no evidence, despite Snowden’s claims, that these laws were violated. But there is abundant evidence that Snowden violated several laws, including the Espionage Act. Former Ambassador John Bolton told Newsmax TV that Snowden committed treason and an act of war against the U.S.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey said, “Some wallow in the idea that they are being watched, their civil liberties endangered, simply because a handful of electrons they generated were among the vast billions being reviewed in a high-stakes antiterrorism effort. Of course, many are motivated politically or ideologically to oppose robust intelligence-gathering aimed at fending off Islamist terrorism. Criticism from that quarter can be left to lie where it fell.”

His reference to politically- or ideologically-motivated opposition to “robust intelligence-gathering” is what lies behind the NSA “scandal.” It is significant that far-left Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, a recipient of the “Izzy” award, named after leftist journalist-turned Soviet agent I.F. Stone, was Snowden’s mouthpiece. Greenwald, an American who hates the U.S. so much he lives abroad with his homosexual lover, believes Obama has been too accommodating to the “national security state.”

The “leaker” in this case supported Obama, thinking he would reform the intelligence agencies, and gave money to Ron Paul for president. Ron Paul talks like the far-left on foreign policy issues. As a member of Congress, he appeared on Iranian Press TV and Russia Today (RT). He thinks we are to blame for Muslim terrorism.

Equally important, the political left is using this controversy to subvert, or even eliminate, a program that is designed to protect the American people from terrorism.

That’s why you find the George Soros-funded “Free Press” organization now launching a “Stop Spying on Us” campaign. On June 14, various far-left and Muslim groups are holding a press conference and protest “against FBI and NSA spying,” bringing the FBI into the mix of federal agencies that have supposedly gone too far. These groups include the Defending Dissent Foundation, CODEPINK, Washington Peace Center, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Institute for Policy Studies and the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Maryland.

CODEPINK is the Marxist group that worked with and promoted CIA defector Philip Agee, an identified Cuban DGI and Soviet KGB agent. It sends people to Cuba on a regular basis.

Some of these groups constitute Obama’s base. Their target, however, is not really Obama but rather the CIA and the FBI. They want to destroy law enforcement and the intelligence community.

If they undermine this NSA program, there can be no doubt the beneficiaries will be terrorists and foreign agents for China and Russia. That helps explain why China is protecting Snowden and Russia wants to give him a home.

America has conducted intelligence operations from the beginning of the republic. Congress created a panel called the Committee of Secret Correspondence on November 29, 1775, with “wide-ranging duties” that included covert operations, devising codes and ciphers, the hiring of secret operatives, the funding of propaganda, and even “the surreptitious opening of private mail,” according to an account of that critical period of time. America has always had enemies, and always will. And some of those enemies operate within the United States but maintain connections abroad.

It is curious that the NSA revelations came at a time when Barack Obama was meeting with China’s new president, Xi Jinping, and was under pressure from the Defense Department and the intelligence community to confront China over its anti-American cyber-attacks. A January 2013 report from the Defense Science Board said the cyber threat “is serious, with potential consequences similar in some ways to the nuclear threat of the Cold War.” A confidential version of the report said more than two dozen of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers. The evidence indicates that the Chinese stole the plans for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the F-22 combat aircraft, among others.

But rather than insist that Obama confront the Chinese over their thievery, the attention is now turning to our response, which somehow supposedly crosses a line of some sort. And the pressure from “progressives” is now mounting to undercut the agency that is at least partly designed to protect our own people and industries from foreign regimes such as those in Beijing and Moscow.  

Former CIA officer Robert Baer said on CNN that officials in Washington, D.C. were looking at the Snowden case as possibly being Chinese espionage against the U.S. This explanation makes complete sense in the context of when, how, and why it occurred at this time. “As a counter intelligence investigation,” he said on CNN, “it would default to that [Snowden as a defector] immediately. The CIA and the FBI look at China as a hostile country. It has an active intelligence program against the United States. It would do anything to get a source, like this young man. Right now I’d be very surprised if they’re not questioning him [about] what he knew.” He went on, “…Honolulu is an important relay station for the National Security Agency. All our spying on China would be filtered through there. What did he know, what didn’t he know? What did he have access to, what did he bring out? I mean, the Chinese would be remiss not talking to him right now.”

Instead, however, almost all of the media attention is now on whether the NSA, not the Chinese regime, has gone too far. The Chinese hackers must be laughing at the U.S.

It is significant that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is quoted by Moscow-funded Russia Today (RT) as saying, “We have been in contact with Snowden’s people in terms of the possible advice and support we can give him.”

Who are those people?

The Chinese, the Russians and other adversaries and enemies of the United States have benefitted immensely from the WikiLeaks disclosures, which included classified information about U.S. counter-terrorism efforts. In return, as a show of thanks, the Russians gave Assange a TV show, where he interviewed such figures as Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah, U.S. Marxist professor Noam Chomsky, and Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa. The latter gave Assange asylum in his embassy in London, so he wouldn’t have to face sex crimes charges in Sweden.

Assange had always denied having any personal contact with Bradley Manning, the Army analyst on trial for espionage. But that was a lie. Evidence in the Manning trial demonstrated collusion between them and also disclosed that WikiLeaks material was found in the possession of Osama bin Laden.

It is telling that Snowden has a creepy backer like Julian Assange. Conservatives defending Snowden should think twice about what they are doing and the real story they are missing.




Comments

  • Alan404

    Re the following excerpt from the above article:

    It is curious that the NSA revelations
    came at a time when Barack Obama was meeting with China’s new president,
    Xi Jinping, and was under pressure from the Defense Department and the
    intelligence community to confront China over its anti-American
    cyber-attacks. A January 2013 report
    from the Defense Science Board said the cyber threat “is serious, with
    potential consequences similar in some ways to the nuclear threat of the
    Cold War.” A confidential version of the report said more than two
    dozen of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been
    compromised by Chinese hackers. The evidence indicates that the Chinese
    stole the plans for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the F-22 combat
    aircraft, among others,

    Why is it that American Military and Private Sector Electronic Documents/Records seem so insecure. Seems like the taxpayers in this country have made sufficient monies available to obtain the necessary security. As for The Private Sector, it’s “penny wise, pound stupidity”, it’s never ending concern for The Bottom Line, possibly criminal prosecutions of corporate executives who continue to blow it would be more than simply appropriate. What, one wonders, are such types actually doing to earn their pay, they do not seem to be “tending to business”, that being, in part at least, seeing to the security of important records and documents. Seems like the taking of compensation under false pretenses, looking at the ends obtained, would be an appropriate specification or charge, for openers.

  • Our nation-state is premised on Americans not being watched by our govt. This is the first position.

    Then later, we assume we watch the Chinese. We assume the Chinese watch us.

    Snowden wins our favor because our first position is being violated. The IRS just means the folks doing it are ALSO provably bad.

    End of discussion.

    If you want to watch the Chinese, terrorists etc. you first go out of your way to ensure we are not being watched by the same machine.

    If you don’t go out of your way, to meet our demands as we state them, either you simply don’t want to protect us enough or you have other intents.

    We’re wiling to take our statistical chances with the baddies because politicians and bureaucrats not knowing their place beneath us is far more disgusting.

    Liberty or Death, ya know?

  • Going further to truly solve this problem for Americans, we should adopt a $1K tax credit to watch the state:

    http://www.morganwarstler.com/post/52547186796/radical-surveillance-of-the-government

    It relatively easy to let each tax payer decide if they’d prefer to spend $1K each year investing to watch the watchers.

    20M = $20B a year for private sector open source tech to keep the government in line.

    This improves trust.

  • Texmom

    I’m very torn on this one. I think they have taken it too far and the Patriot Act needs to be amended, although I see your very good points here, too. Seems like a very dangerous game is being played.

  • Truth Equals Treason

    Here’s some “fairness, balance, and accuracy” for you:

    I couldn’t even finish reading this article because it’s so full of bullsh*t. Ron Paul is right; the reason terrorists want to kill Americans (including why they did 9/11) is because we are invading and occupying their countries and bombing and killing innocent people. Have done it for decades.

    They don’t need all this surveillance stuff to end the threat of terror; they just need to bring our troops home and mind our own business. Do that, and within a decade or two, people will never have to hear the word “terrorist” or “terrorism” on the terrorvision set again.

    The Fourth Amendment is indelibly clear, and the activities of the NSA are unconstitutional.

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    Snowden is a hero. The history books praise Rosa Parks for breaking an unjust law, along with Ghandi, and our Founding Fathers. The pamphleteering of Helmuth Hübener against Hitler was illegal as well but he is praised as a hero today.

    All this “war on terror” is designed to be self-perpetuating. As long as our military is over there killing people, the people over there will want and try to kill us. It’s human nature 101. And every minor to major little thing is hyped on the news to keep us all in a state of terror so we cheer when our own government puts yet another piece of our Constitution through the shredder. It’s all designed to institute more and more of a police state where our privacy, and our freedoms, are increasingly taken away.

    Those are innocent women and children over there our drone strikes are blowing to pieces. By Obama’s own definition, “Anyone who uses a bomb to kill innocent people,” the United States government right now is the biggest terrorist on the planet. Because ever since the Iraq war started, even conservative estimates put the number of innocent civilians killed in the Middle East at over 100,000 people killed.

    I am not going to sit here and swallow lies about what’s really going on. This is an evil empire run amok and Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden are heroes, and anyone who paints them otherwise is brainwashed. So many of our brave soldiers have died to protect our freedom and liberty. And today, it seems they all made the ultimate sacrifice in vain. Because any illusion of real liberty we have any more in this country is just that, an illusion. Big Brother is here, and He does NOT serve you. You must answer to him now. This is your wake up call.

    “Those who would give up essential Liberty in order to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither Liberty nor safety.” –Ben Franklin

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Our government’s intelligence program is to large to police – A good intelligence program has to be able to facilitate it self with a reasonable amount of confidence. Theirs to many perverts and under qualified people handing top secret documents. A high school student and a high school drop out are responsible for your largest headlined leaks. One was a homosexual. The pentagon responded by celebrating Gay.Day during the trail.
    Plus some real smart people in the government has China carrying our data.
    Pentagon Paying China — Yes, China — To Carry Data
    By Noah Shachtman
    04
    A hidden world, growing beyond control – Washington Post
    Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.
    An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances.
    Then you have the people controlling our government – 9/11 Chase and Bush involved just like WW-2
    My point being with Mark Blackburn from Fox – Live account of 9/11 on you tube –
    “For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure–one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
    ? David Rockefeller
    Why do we want people like this receiving government funding and having influence in our government. We just don’t have a say –

  • I.R. Wayright

    Okay, so then let us compromise. We the people will let the US Government keep their NSA surveillance programs if they will shut down the IRS and go to a flat tax system. But why save all those emails? If you need to save all of them that will take a considerable amount of power to keep the servers running. That’s not very GREEN is it?

  • HolyCowRUKiddingme

    The PRIMARY directive of the NSA is to target the enemies of Obama

    Terrorists are the secondary target

    There can be no evidence – because they are spying on the entire nation as a catchall.

    but rest assured there is a White House Representative sifting through the data to find “dirt” on Obama’s enemies

    Don’t be so naive as not to believe this fact.

    He will stop at nothing to “punish his enemies” – He said it!

  • Randy

    B.S.

  • bob570

    I don’t care if this guy is Mao’s illegitimate son, the NSA has no right with this extensive intrusion into our private lives. If the IRS’s scandal isn’t proof enough that we need to protect our freedoms first from ourselves, and then from others, I don’t know what will.

  • LibertyLady1

    This article is so off….if this administration was actually concerned about finding terrorists at home and abroad and preventing attacks they wouldn’t have purged any and all mention of the actual enemy from all official training materials in our intelligence agencies. So the only purpose it would seem for all of this surveillance is to silence those on the right so this country can be transformed.

  • dereid49

    Edward is my HERO!

    He’s blowing the whistle on corruption in America…

  • SouthernSeeker

    All government related security (homeland security and its babies) organizations are simply waste of money. Has anyone figured that out yet? There are no or very few REAL terror related activities in USA, and these hundreds of thousands security employees are sitting idle and have nothing to do but make up terror activities. The theatrical stage they created in Boston to catch an unarmed 19 year old is the proof of my statement.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Lets get this straight – America’s intelligence program is under attack by a
    private and a high school drop out. The Justice Department should censor every paper in America just to keep that story out of the paper out of pure embarrassment. God only knows what would happen if the NSA ever came under attack by a college freshman.
    Thanks for the political monster balling but the entire story makes our
    country look like a bunch of freaking idiots. Have the homeless people
    infiltrated Obama’s underwear droor too ?
    Geeeeeeeeeee – I sure hope we don’t have to turn into communist over it ! lol !

  • Angry Grizzly

    As a child of the Sixties and 70’s I was here for the “cold war” my dad was a cold war warrior working for a huge defense contractor that was instrumental in putting Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Aldrin on the surface of the moon in 1969. At the end of his career he was working building the satellites that enabled us to win the “cold war” when the Soviet Union fell in the early 90’s I instinctively knew that the cold war had only shifted and the Islamic radicals would be our next foes. Remember that this was not very long after the Iran hostage crisis that doomed President Carter. We have become a “slave state” to China due to them carrying the majority of our debt. We have an Islamic sympathizer as our President that many argue was not eligible to run for the office, different discussion for a different day, that is intent on destroying our country. Does anybody remember that angry overly excited bald man at the United Nations in the early Sixties pounding his shoe on his lectern screaming “we will destroy you”? Well they infiltrated our public school system and now we mint out Marxists by the thousands after the 12 year public indoctrination process completes. His allies the Marxist operatives in the NEA have developed and continue to develop and refine a curriculum that is hostile to our historic way of life. It is imperative that we reclaim our public education system from those who wish to destroy our culture and way of life. Also our entertainment industry has been corrupted, the younger adult is the primary consumer of their products. This industry through “Gangster rap” and the likes of Sean Penn, Ben Affleck , along with many others are systematically destroying our way of life. We have to power to change it simply do not reward them by giving them your money to use to destroy our country. Another front on this battle is to be informed and listen to common sense and historical fact. We can win this battle but to win you have to fight back, the way to do this is by denying the enemy the money to wage the war. If the entertainment industry hates our way of life so much they can leave our country. Soros and his ilk need to be frog marched and tried for treason against our Nation and revoked of their citizenship and neutralized so that they are no longer a threat to our country. Our culture has been under extreme assault since the mid sixties.