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Snowden: NSA targeted journalists critical of government after 9/11
The Hill ^ | 08/13/13 | Jonathan Easley

Posted on 08/14/2013 6:58:14 AM PDT by george76

Edward Snowden accused the National Security Agency of targeting reporters who wrote critically about the government after the 9/11 attacks and warned it was “unforgivably reckless” for journalists to use unencrypted email messages when discussing sensitive matters.

Snowden said in an interview with the New York Times Magazine published Tuesday that he came to trust Laura Poitras, the documentary filmmaker who, along with Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, helped report his disclosure of secret surveillance programs, because she herself had been targeted by the NSA.

“Laura and [Guardian reporter] Glenn [Greenwald] are among the few who reported fearlessly on controversial topics throughout this period, even in the face of withering personal criticism, and resulted in Laura specifically becoming targeted by the very programs involved in the recent disclosures,”

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: edwardsnowden; journalists; nsa; snowden

1 posted on 08/14/2013 6:58:14 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Impeachment File on Communist, Benghazi Coward “B. Hussein Obama,” formerly known as Barry Soetoro, currently a Legal Citizen of the Sovereign Nation of Indonesia.


2 posted on 08/14/2013 7:04:18 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: george76

Hoe could Snowden know this? 9/11 was at least five or six years before he gained access to top-secret information. The timeline doesn’t fit.


3 posted on 08/14/2013 7:09:27 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle

Because he accessed historical data....


4 posted on 08/14/2013 7:17:31 AM PDT by servantoftheservant
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To: george76; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; Travis McGee; ..

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don’t add you to the list...

I miss Hyperbole-and-a-Half...

5 posted on 08/14/2013 7:31:21 AM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? We can have both!)
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To: Steve_Seattle

Breitbart wasn’t ancient history. Did Snowden run across a file targeting Hastings?


6 posted on 08/14/2013 7:33:27 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: george76

Gee, they have nothing to hide. /sarcasm


7 posted on 08/14/2013 7:40:56 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: george76

12 years later and his favorites are still “fearlessly reporting”. Scary stuff.


8 posted on 08/14/2013 7:46:20 AM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: george76
...warned it was “unforgivably reckless” for journalists to use unencrypted email messages when discussing sensitive matters.

I have to wonder whether there's any such thing as government-proof encryption.

9 posted on 08/14/2013 7:46:53 AM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: george76
I've suspected Snowden was an Obama/Hillary operative from the very beginning and the more he opens his mouth the more I'm convinced I'm right.

It appears Snowden’s mission is to try and make people believe Hillary and Obama’s “spontaneous” lie about Benghazi for the most part was accurate.

The “spontaneous” lie is nothing more complicated than the terrorist are so in tune with the news, the terrorist picked up on a news story, the protest in Egypt, and spontaneously planned an attack without prior planning or preparations.

The idea is to make people believe the terrorist are picking up on news stories and planning their terrorist attacks around the news instead of the news being orchestrated for the terrorist attacks.

If the news is being orchestrated for the attacks then people in this country have to be collaborating with the terrorist because the terrorist don't have the ability to orchestrate the news.

Only the left in this country has the ability to orchestrate the news at the drop of a hat, so they want you to believe Bush investigated as to whether or not the left was orchestrating the news for the attacks and found nothing.

Since the Bush adm and the Obama adm have both acknowledged the importance of the news to the terrorist attacks and the Bush adm didn't find anyone involved with orchestrating the news for the attacks (no one was arrested), Hillary and Obama were for the most part correct that the terrorist simply pick up on the news and plan their attacks around it.

Snowden just outed himself as a Hillary/Obama operative.

BTW, the al Qaeda doc. from OBL recovered in Afghanistan makes it clear, the news is being orchestrated for the attacks.

10 posted on 08/14/2013 7:46:58 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Steve_Seattle

Time will kick your ass every time wont it.

See my comment #10


11 posted on 08/14/2013 7:51:39 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: servantoftheservant
Snowden names no names, and after 9/11 there was all sorts of second-guessing in the press, all the critiques that the administration had "failed to connect the dots" and so forth. If the NSA "targeted" journalists, Snowden offers no proof nor was there any evidence that the media were somehow living in fear of the NSA or the Bush administration.

All sorts of bogus claims are made after the fact. For example, when the Iraq war turned sour, journalists began claiming that there had been a "rush" to war, that there was no debate, that the war's rationale was never examined. In fact, the war was debated for months, there were massive public demonstrations against it, and the whole thing was submitted to Congress for approval.
12 posted on 08/14/2013 8:01:47 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: george76

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this is true — and I’d be quite surprised if it isn’t.


13 posted on 08/14/2013 8:03:39 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: TBP

This is going to come back around to “intel people sent anthrax to Leahy, Daschle and the networks to get them to back-off opposition to the Patriot Act”.


14 posted on 08/14/2013 8:43:13 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: george76

It is not clear if he mean 9.11 2001. or the last round of 9.11 attacks.

But it should be fairly clear that with the way the govt has gotten everyting set up now, encryption does not help. The govt isn’t above using backdors on your own computer and snatching every passwords right at your keyboard.

Better to keep everything open, transparent, and locked by crosslinks, backups and hostile protection schemes. There’s ways to make any attempt on you or your data painful in the most interesting and entertaining manner.


15 posted on 08/14/2013 10:52:33 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: IMR 4350
I've suspected Snowden was an Obama/Hillary operative from the very beginning and the more he opens his mouth the more I'm convinced I'm right.

That's funny because I've suspected 0buma/Hitlery would have murdered Snowden had he remained in the country after exposing THEIR Administration of conducting a 300 million person witch-hunt for THEIR ENN-ESS-AYE, SEE-EYE-AYE and EYE-R-ESS. I guess tearing the Constutution to shreds technically DID make Snowden an "operative" OR "spy" in behalf of 0buma/Hitlery -- depending how much kool-ade you want to guzzle.

I suspect you also believe Breitbart merely had a heart attack and Michael Hastings "a bit heavy on the pedal" too?

16 posted on 08/14/2013 12:01:22 PM PDT by USS Johnston (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke)
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To: IMR 4350
BTW, the al Qaeda doc. from OBL recovered in Afghanistan makes it clear, the news is being orchestrated for the attacks.

"Recovered" docs from whom? The Tooth Fairy??

"Orchestrated News" conducted from whom? Why should ANY sources from either the Media or Government be credible?

What's "clear" is THIS government's consistent and chronic creation of "terror" and "crisis" AND cluster**** as a means of control and manipulation. In the name of "security" of course.

17 posted on 08/14/2013 12:30:45 PM PDT by USS Johnston (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke)
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To: USS Johnston

So you believe OBL was the Tooth Fairy, meaning he didn’t exist I presume, well good for you.


18 posted on 08/14/2013 1:03:58 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: IMR 4350
So you believe OBL was the Tooth Fairy, meaning he didn’t exist I presume, well good for you.

I note your reading comprehension is operating at low wattage. My questions: "Recovered" docs from whom? The Tooth Fairy??" Get it now, Sparky?

In any case, OBL was apparently *your* 9/11 boogieman (presumably because that's the role W Bush bestowed upon him for six months -- at which time Bush stated he no longer cared what happened to him.)

OBL was eliminated at Tora Bora a looong time ago. His value remained as a phantom political boogieman..."to kinda keep catapulting the propaganda." (Bush's own words quoted.)

But gee -- wasn't it nice that B. Hussein was able cash in those political chips in time for the election?

Btw, let me know when the "docs are recovered" regarding the actual story and demise of Seal Team 6.

19 posted on 08/14/2013 1:27:47 PM PDT by USS Johnston (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke)
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To: USS Johnston

“Recovered” docs from whom? The Tooth Fairy??”

Try reading the sentence right above that statement in your post and see if you can figure out where the docs came from.


20 posted on 08/14/2013 1:52:38 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: USS Johnston
OBL was eliminated at Tora Bora a looong time ago. His value remained as a phantom political boogieman...

A pretty extraordinary claim. Any extraordinary evidence to support it? Any evidence at all?

21 posted on 08/14/2013 1:58:22 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead
A pretty extraordinary claim. Any extraordinary evidence to support it? Any evidence at all?

You want "evidence"? From THIS discredited, lying government OR media? REALLY?

Unfortunately you and I aren't about to receive "official evidence" of much of anything, are we?

Given the Tora Bora talk over the mission was bantered about over ten years ago by those fairly close to the "action," I will MUCH rather believe THEIR story over any source that you rely as "the truth" of the matter.

Have you ANY "evidence at all" that 0buma and his discredited puppetmeisters had indeed eliminated OBL? ANY what so ever?

22 posted on 08/14/2013 2:19:33 PM PDT by USS Johnston (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke)
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To: IMR 4350
Try reading the sentence right above that statement in your post and see if you can figure out where the docs came from.

The Easter Bunny? Tooth Fairy?

Sorry -- the Ministry of Propaganda and their "sources" simply have no cred at all. On ANY issue. Of ANY claim. I don't believe in Fairy Tales and the same old sham-memes regarding the entire "war on terror."

23 posted on 08/14/2013 2:28:13 PM PDT by USS Johnston (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke)
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To: USS Johnston
Calm down, bro. I just asked a question.

I was curious if you found something I hadn't seen. Apparently not.

24 posted on 08/14/2013 3:19:19 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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