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NSA director: Edward Snowden has caused irreversible damage to US
http://www.guardian.co.uk ^ | , Sunday 23 June 2013 13 | Spencer Ackerman and Dominic Rushe

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: benghazi; edwardsnowden; fastandfurious; impeachnow; irs; keithalexander; nsa; nsadirector; snowden; sourcetitlenoturl; tyranny; wot
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To: cripplecreek

He is more than a distraction.
This guy is an assault.


21 posted on 06/23/2013 1:27:03 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: redreno

The only people who didn’t know what the US Govt was doing, were the citizens of the US.


22 posted on 06/23/2013 1:27:10 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: redreno
On the Espionage Act charges against Edward Snowden

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.

23 posted on 06/23/2013 1:27:15 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: redreno

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?


24 posted on 06/23/2013 1:27:42 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: redreno

Bammy has damaged the country FAR worse.


25 posted on 06/23/2013 1:28:10 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Mastador1

Yes ... after all Obama and his minions have done to this country, I’m not sure much more damage is possible ..


26 posted on 06/23/2013 1:28:11 PM PDT by oilwatcher
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To: redreno

27 posted on 06/23/2013 1:29:20 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: redreno

“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?


28 posted on 06/23/2013 1:30:01 PM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Obama loves it


29 posted on 06/23/2013 1:30:58 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: 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.”

I call BS on that one...


30 posted on 06/23/2013 1:31:37 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: LyinLibs
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31 posted on 06/23/2013 1:32:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

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


32 posted on 06/23/2013 1:33:17 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: redreno
I agree with General Alexander that the information to which Mr. Snowden was privy may have been of the type that might have prevented a large scale terrorist attack, but I don't have enough information to tell. What I CAN tell is that the current administration and, to some extent, previous ones have been conducting surveillance on United States citizens that clearly is contrary to the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. For this revelation, I am indebted to Edward Snowden.

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.

33 posted on 06/23/2013 1:33:47 PM PDT by July4
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To: redreno

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 can’t be trusted to stand for squat anymore.


34 posted on 06/23/2013 1:35:10 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: skeeter

Couldn’t have said it better. See you at the fight.


35 posted on 06/23/2013 1:35:57 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: redreno

Guy’s comment should say “caused irreversible damage to us,” not “US.”


36 posted on 06/23/2013 1:37:47 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: mylife

“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.


37 posted on 06/23/2013 1:38:11 PM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: redreno

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.


38 posted on 06/23/2013 1:38:36 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: jsanders2001

Snowden derailed a train headed towards Camp Unicorn where we were all to get a hot meal and a shower.


39 posted on 06/23/2013 1:41:55 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: redgolum
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).

Kinda like when Leaky Leahy told Al Qeada.
40 posted on 06/23/2013 1:42:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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