Skip to comments.NSA director: Edward Snowden has caused irreversible damage to US
Posted on 06/23/2013 1:16:22 PM PDT by redreno
National Security Agency director Keith Alexander said on Sunday that whistleblower Edward Snowden betrayed the trust of Americans and defended the broad surveillance programs as necessary to prevent another terrorist attack.
As Snowden evaded an attempt on Sunday by Washington to have him arrested in Hong Kong, General Alexander told ABC's This Week: "This is an individual who is not acting, in my opinion, with noble intent ... What Snowden has revealed has caused irreversible and significant damage to our country and to our allies."
Alexander said the NSA surveillance programs Snowden had disclosed to the Guardian were tightly overseen and disputed statements from members of the Senate intelligence committee that they had not played a unique role in preventing terrorist attacks.
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They couldn’t prevent Boston....they are more concerned with going after Tea Partiers than Muslim terrorists.
Also irreparable damage to NSA’s reputation
And even more concerned with their fat, taxpayer funded pensions.
I'll take my chances with the terrorists - the likelihood of surviving them are better than a ubiquitous, omnipotent government that considers me their enemy.
Nossir. Reverse the subjects in that phrase:
"Whistleblower Edward Snowden said that the National Security Agency betrayed the trust of Americans."
There, that's better.
Snowden is a distraction.
Pay no attention to the constitution shredder behind the curtain.
He can’t tell us how he caused the damage because that’s a secret. We just need to trust him.
My default position, in the absence of any evidence, is the government is lying.
There, fixed it.
A 29 year old drop out who worked for a private NSA contractor has been able to damage America’s security in an irreversible manner. How many others of the tens of thousands of NSA and private NSA contract employees are in a similar position to do damage. Perhaps we should rethink the whole intelligence structure in America.
They’re just building an espionage case against him.
American Citizen: Obama has caused irreversible damage to U.S.
The NSA under the direction of the monkey-eared Kenyan has done irreversible damage to the US.
All Snowden has done is chip at the foundations of surveillance.
People would bitch a storm if we weren’t watching.
Now the very people that are offended have their nose up everyone’s business.
Better yet how many of those contractors are Chinese nationals anyway?
I’d also like to know why no attention is being given to the fact that James Clapper was an executive with Booz Allen (the company that Snowden worked for)? I wonder what Clapper’s stock looked like when the company won that $6 billion contract.
The State Department are going out of their way to bring Muslims into America, expose the borders as folly, and leave the VISA system open for abuse. So, Mr. Keith Alexander, WTF are you talking about?
“NSA director: Edward Snowden has caused irreversible damage to US”
Yeah, so what. So has Obama.
He is more than a distraction.
This guy is an assault.
The only people who didn’t know what the US Govt was doing, were the citizens of the US.
The Obama administration leaks classified information continuously. They do it to glorify the President, or manipulate public opinion, or even to help produce a pre-election propaganda film about the Osama bin Laden raid. The Obama administration does not hate unauthorized leaks of classified information. They are more responsible for such leaks than anyone.
What they hate are leaks that embarrass them or expose their wrongdoing. Those are the only kinds of leaks that are prosecuted. The "enemy" they're seeking to keep ignorant with selective and excessive leak prosecutions are not The Terrorists or The Chinese Communists. It's the American people.
The Terrorists already knew, and have long known, that the US government is doing everything possible to surveil their telephonic and internet communications. The Chinese have long known, and have repeatedly said, that the US is hacking into both their governmental and civilian systems (just as the Chinese are doing to the US). The Russians have long known that the US and UK try to intercept the conversations of their leaders just as the Russians do to the US and the UK.
They haven't learned anything from these disclosures that they didn't already well know. The people who have learned things they didn't already know are American citizens who have no connection to terrorism or foreign intelligence, as well as hundreds of millions of citizens around the world about whom the same is true. What they have learned is that the vast bulk of this surveillance apparatus is directed not at the Chinese or Russian governments or the Terrorists, but at them.
Why was letting the Boston terrorists MURDER by ignoring
repeated warnings to the NSA and Obama not irreversible?
Why are psychic deformities on American children
genitally groped in airports not irreversible?
Were not HASAN’s premeditated (and very acceptable
“workplace accident” to Obama) MURDERS not irreversible?
Bammy has damaged the country FAR worse.
Yes ... after all Obama and his minions have done to this country, I’m not sure much more damage is possible ..
“Keith Alexander said on Sunday that whistleblower Edward Snowden betrayed the trust of Americans”
So why is it that Snowden has huge public support and Obama’s approval is nosediving?
Obama loves it
“National Security Agency director Keith Alexander said on Sunday that whistleblower Edward Snowden betrayed the trust of Americans and defended the broad surveillance programs as necessary to prevent another terrorist attack.”
I call BS on that one...
Guantanamo, syria, libya iran, Obama loves this because it discredits the US Government.
None of it sticks on Obie, but it sticks on the flag
I wish to be FREE, and I understand that will have to be responsible, informed, and ready to defend myself and my country. Freedom is a risk I choose to accept. I am grateful for the opportunity; it was bought at great price.
Before the pro surveilance faction arrives let me pre-answer them......
No, whats disgusting is people like you that cried and cried on FR for someone on the inside to expose the BS in the admin, then when someone did, turned on a dime screaming TRAITOR! and thus ensuring no one will ever do it again.
And idiots wonder why conservatives cant be trusted to stand for squat anymore.
Couldn’t have said it better. See you at the fight.
Guy’s comment should say “caused irreversible damage to us,” not “US.”
“Obama loves this because it discredits the US Government.”
You are wrong. Obama’s base is pissed off that he is spying on their Facebook and twitter posts. They couldn’t care less about Syria.
Pelosi just got booed at a Netroots conference when she attacked Snowden. These are the people who got Obama elected. His approval rating is sinking because of this.
In a way, he is right.
No one who is paying attention will use any type of electronic communication for things they don’t want the NSA to hear (or to leak to a competitor).
Still doesn’t justify shredding the 4th amendment.
Snowden derailed a train headed towards Camp Unicorn where we were all to get a hot meal and a shower.
I think it attacks the Gov more than Obama,and I think Sal Alinsky is smiling.
They are working the collapse from the inside.
Actually it is Obama who has caused irreversible damage to the US..NOT Snowden, all Snowden did was tell us the TRUTH, something Obama and his cronies are incapable of doing..oh and I guess those Boston Bombers were using Sprint otherwise we would have known about their little plan
So, Snowden did “irreparable damage”, but we can “absorb” a nuclear strike.
Irreversable damage to thier plans for us
the only ones causing irreversible damage to US is this administration.
Our defense contractors hire all kinds of Chinese nationals. I doubt we have any secrets the chinese don’t already know.
Snowden blew it. After his leaks, he should have turned himself in with press in tow and said he was ready to face any punishment in an attempt save his country from tyranny.
The public uproar would have been massive and influential on the govt.
Now hes got no path forward thats any good, and hes in danger from not only the US govt, but every govt he approaches for succor.
Snowden is about to get an education on the George Wills Law:
America is an imperfect country surrounded by atrocious countries.
Also irreparable damage to NSAs reputation