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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.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: benghazi; edwardsnowden; fastandfurious; impeachnow; irs; keithalexander; nsa; nsadirector; snowden; sourcetitlenoturl; tyranny; wot
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Keith Alexander defends agency's broad surveillance as being in line with Americans' expectations for preventing another 9/11
1 posted on 06/23/2013 1:16:22 PM PDT by redreno
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To: redreno

They couldn’t prevent Boston....they are more concerned with going after Tea Partiers than Muslim terrorists.


2 posted on 06/23/2013 1:17:02 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: redreno

Also irreparable damage to NSA’s reputation


3 posted on 06/23/2013 1:18:27 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: redreno
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4 posted on 06/23/2013 1:20:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dfwgator

And even more concerned with their fat, taxpayer funded pensions.


5 posted on 06/23/2013 1:20:13 PM PDT by abb
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To: abb

Exactly.


6 posted on 06/23/2013 1:21:07 PM PDT by matt04
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To: dfwgator
Our government is corrupted beyond redemption.

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.

7 posted on 06/23/2013 1:21:12 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: redreno
National Security Agency director Keith Alexander said on Sunday that whistleblower Edward Snowden betrayed the trust of Americans

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.

8 posted on 06/23/2013 1:22:17 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: jsanders2001

Snowden is a distraction.

Pay no attention to the constitution shredder behind the curtain.


9 posted on 06/23/2013 1:22:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: redreno

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.


10 posted on 06/23/2013 1:22:29 PM PDT by DManA (our)
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To: redreno
Edward Snowden has caused irreversible damage to US The Obama Administration

There, fixed it.

11 posted on 06/23/2013 1:23:11 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: redreno

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.


12 posted on 06/23/2013 1:23:11 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: xkaydet65

They’re just building an espionage case against him.


13 posted on 06/23/2013 1:24:04 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: redreno

American Citizen: Obama has caused irreversible damage to U.S.


14 posted on 06/23/2013 1:24:30 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: redreno

The NSA under the direction of the monkey-eared Kenyan has done irreversible damage to the US.


15 posted on 06/23/2013 1:24:42 PM PDT by Bullish (Psalm 46)
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To: redreno

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.


16 posted on 06/23/2013 1:25:08 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: cripplecreek
Obama hasn't been the first one to shred it. He is simply finishing off what his predecessors started.
17 posted on 06/23/2013 1:25:46 PM PDT by Theoria
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To: xkaydet65

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.


18 posted on 06/23/2013 1:25:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: redreno

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?


19 posted on 06/23/2013 1:26:02 PM PDT by By and By (Dime Store New Dealers are Milquetoast and Liberal)
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To: redreno

“NSA director: Edward Snowden has caused irreversible damage to US”

Yeah, so what. So has Obama.


20 posted on 06/23/2013 1:26:07 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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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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To: BarnacleCenturion

I think it attacks the Gov more than Obama,and I think Sal Alinsky is smiling.

They are working the collapse from the inside.


41 posted on 06/23/2013 1:43:49 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: redreno

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


42 posted on 06/23/2013 1:43:55 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: redreno

So, Snowden did “irreparable damage”, but we can “absorb” a nuclear strike.


43 posted on 06/23/2013 1:44:15 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: jsanders2001

Irreversable damage to thier plans for us


44 posted on 06/23/2013 1:44:55 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (Yesterdays conspiracies are todays truths)
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To: redreno

the only ones causing irreversible damage to US is this administration.


45 posted on 06/23/2013 1:45:23 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
Quite frankly,what jackass never figured out that Google was collecting your data? Is it any surprise that Uncle Sam's on Mars?
46 posted on 06/23/2013 1:48:09 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: ColdOne

Our defense contractors hire all kinds of Chinese nationals. I doubt we have any secrets the chinese don’t already know.


47 posted on 06/23/2013 1:49:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: redreno

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 he’s got no path forward that’s any good, and he’s 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 Will’s Law:

“America is an imperfect country surrounded by atrocious countries.”


48 posted on 06/23/2013 1:49:29 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: cripplecreek

Agreed


49 posted on 06/23/2013 1:51:09 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: jsanders2001

Also irreparable damage to NSA’s reputation


Exactly!


50 posted on 06/23/2013 1:51:12 PM PDT by boycott
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