Skip to comments.3 Former NSA Employees Praise Edward Snowden, Corroborate Key Claims
Posted on 06/18/2013 4:37:20 PM PDT by BfloGuy
USA Today has published an extraordinary interview with three former NSA employees who praise Edward Snowden's leaks, corroborate some of his claims, and warn about unlawful government acts.
Thomas Drake, William Binney, and J. Kirk Wiebe each protested the NSA in their own rights. "For years, the three whistle-blowers had told anyone who would listen that the NSA collects huge swaths of communications data from U.S. citizens," the newspaper reports. "They had spent decades in the top ranks of the agency, designing and managing the very data collection systems they say have been turned against Americans. When they became convinced that fundamental constitutional rights were being violated, they complained first to their superiors, then to federal investigators, congressional oversight committees and, finally, to the news media."
In other words, they blew the whistle in the way Snowden's critics suggest he should have done. Their method didn't get through to the members of Congress who are saying, in the wake of the Snowden leak, that they had no idea what was going on. But they are nonetheless owed thanks.
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He's just the one who didn't do it through proper channels -- because proper channels are designed to quash any dissent.
That said, what was the impact
of what they reported?
Corruption is interwoven with the US government in a way
NEVER seen in the history of what was once a free country.
It seems to me, thats where our focus should be on how there could be a betrayal of trust and how a traitor could do something like this to the American people.
In Before The FReepers Who Want Edward Snowden Shot On Sight.
(Who needs to bother with a trial?)
No prob. Soon the FR liberal wing will soon arrive to call them traitors as well. Because after years of conservatives pleading for someone inside to come forward at great risk to themselves and their families, the best thing to do is scream TRAITOR! to encourage more to come forward.
I’m waiting to hear someone say that this data was used to target conservative groups. If it comes out that this data was used for political purposes to swing an election it’s all over.
Karl Rove and the old lineup at Fox have proved they are for a nanny state, so they didn't surprise me, but I actually felt sorry for the Cheneys this past week.
Yeah, I heard her today. It seems as though Obama will win again by intimidating enough people. He’s got the Republicans who are all enthused for a lynching of Snowden and any journalist who takes him seriously. I do suspect the NSA has some powerful dirt on her.
They need to get themselves before congress now
They apparently tried that and got nowhere. It is much worse than we all suspected.
Enough that she isn’t running for re-election.
That's exactly my take. It's bad. And Bolton's and Cheney's full-throated defense of it has shaken me.
You mean like, if, say, the IRS was used to prevent TEA part supporters from forming 501(c)3s in time to promote conservative viewpoints before the election it would be all over?
Hypothetically, of course, since the IRS would never dare do such a thing...without direct orders!
That’s my suspicion as well.
She hired King RINO to tank her campaign and helped clear the decks for Romney. That’s all anyone who cares about the truth in this really needs to know about where her loyalties lie.
And boy do they lie.
She's a witch, you know...
I heard he just popped up on the grid in Naples.
if they can tap an collect all emails and phone calls,
taping electronic voting to steal the election would be a
piece of cake
I lived through Watergate and this is how the leaks unfolded that drove Nixon to resign. Painfully slow. Drip... drip... drip...
Italy or Florida?
The majority of Americans have no idea they have lost America. Before King Obama leaves America will not have the resources to defend ourselves and our freedoms will be gone. Guess they prefer communism.
I assumed Florida. I’m not very exotic in my thinking.
Maybe Francis has some outposts... and he doesn’t extradite!
A couple of days ago I started to think that maybe he was in the states, that made more sense than Hong Kong. (to me,anyhow)
Where did you hear/read this?
Oh, and thank you for the information and the reply.
In the second movie, "Bourne Supremacy", all the secret squirrels are meeting, talking about how to find Jason Bourne, then a lackey comes running in and says "You're not gonna believe this. Jason Bourne just popped up on the grid in Naples."
He was talking about Italy, though.
OH! hahahaha! Whoosh!
I’ve not watched those movies. Maybe I will...
The first three are great (the Matt Damon ones). The fourth one with Jeremy Renner was crap.
I too think he’s not in Hong Kong. Have said from the beginning he is still CIA
This has been going on a lot longer, in some degree, than is currently being discussed. The Starr report mentions Bill Clinton’s warning Monica to be more careful in their phone discussions as he believed his phone was being tapped by either a foreign government or the FBI. He knew what was going on then at least with respect to our government and “friendly” governments they likely had agreements with - consider Echelon and Carnivore. I recall being told in unclassified briefings to be careful - that all electronic communications in the world were being monitored, the implication was that the US was trying to be in strict compliance with the law and not monitoring its own citizens and the Brit’s likewise - each country was likely monitoring the other’s communications and if there was a threat letting the other have enough info to deal with it. This was during the Clinton administration, it sounds like things just evolved and with this administration there are no limits.
You are wrong; even if the funding for the Armed Forces were cut to zero we would have the resources to defend ourselves. (What is a militia?)
The resources wouldn't magically disappear even if the entire Federal Government did.
I can’t believe so many traitors have been bought off by the Chinese.
Thanks to the Lawyers, we now have what Engineers have known forever - a system built on feedback that approaches unity will destroy that system.
I was in high school when that all started. Was a staunch Republican but I remember how, after a couple years, you just got tired of the constant scandal. Make it go away.