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Obama And Kerry Need to Man 'Up'ÖIf Thatís At All Humanly Possible
Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | John Ransom

Posted on 05/29/2014 4:33:01 PM PDT by Kaslin

Man people are stupid. And I mean a lot of people.

So John Kerry went on national TV yesterday to triple double dog dare Edward Snowden to come back from Russia.

“Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden a fugitive and challenged him to ‘man up and come back to the United States,’" reports ABCNews.

"If Mr. Snowden wants to come back to the United States," Kerry said, "we'll have him on a flight today." Kerry said Snowden should "stand up in the United States and make his case to the American people."

Man up? For the death penalty? Or life in prison?

Raise your hand if you trust this government to administer justice fairly, and honestly?

I don't know that Snowden’s hero or a goat, but I do know that because of him were having this conversation today. I do know that a federal judge has said that the data gathering portion at issue is likely unconstitutional.

This is a government that won't even come clean about spying at the IRS.

Snowden as you might remember managed to steal tons and tons of secrets from the top-secret spy agency. He's been popping off from exile in Russia, trading jabs with administration officials in a way that he wouldn't be able to from prison cell. The administration says he was a “low-level” IT guy at the NSA, who just managed to steal all those secrets undetected.

Here's what people need to know about that: In the intelligence community when they share information with the general public, especially when something's been as FUBAR and embarrassing as the Snowden thing, it's because that's what they want the general public to know.

Will they lie? Yes. It's a way of life for them, just like a cheating girlfriend.

Duh.

And here's the second thing that you need to know: Getting past the question of whether the 4th Amendment allows the massive data-gathering that's been going on since 9/11-- and I believe that it does not-- what the United States has always had a shortage of is human intelligence, that is manpower on the ground

While technology, like signals intelligence, might provide intelligence agencies with leads, it's human intelligence that gets the bad guys.

Let's take the example, if what we know is to be believed- and that's probably specious- the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Yes, signals intelligence played its part, but what cracked the case was a guy on the ground with eyeballs, and that's called human intelligence.

The US has always been in love with technological solutions to intelligence problems. That’s because the American people view it as much cleaner.

But advances in technology have actually made the methodology much more dubious.

We have the technology today to go through a whole haystack and find the one needle, but the real question is: Is that the most efficient, most constitutional, smartest, and least invasive way of approaching intelligence gathering? Must we disturb the whole haystack to find the needle?

The answer is most definitely no.

Because the haystack here is you and me.

The haystack is normal American people going about their business. And, by the way, normal American people include journalists, who are investigating wrongdoing, abuse and cover-ups in government.

And the problem with the haystack approach is a very human problem: any data that the government gleans, the government will use, especially when they get backed into a corner.

Just ask all the nonprofit groups who never had their applications approved because the IRS felt they “might be” political.

The solution for the intelligence community, and for our body politic, is to build up our human intelligence capabilities, and leave the haystack alone.

Neither you nor me nor the person sitting next to you has done anything to warrant having our personal data gone through. And if the haystack had to be picked through by actual human beings rather than machines, you'd find far fewer people willing to spy on their neighbors.

Yes people are stupid. But outside of government, they're not that stupid.

The people that need to man up are John Kerry and Barack Obama, if of course, that's even humanly possible.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: barack0bama; johnwhowasinnamkerry; nsascandal

1 posted on 05/29/2014 4:33:01 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Why doesn’t Snowden just join Al-Qaeda? Obama likes protecting them.


2 posted on 05/29/2014 4:35:46 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Kaslin
Man up John.


3 posted on 05/29/2014 4:51:49 PM PDT by bill1952 (taxes don't hurt the rich, they keep YOU from becoming rich.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

I do not like what Snowden did and 20 years ago I would have voted to put him into jail for life. After the lawless Administration I would have trouble convicting anyone for anything short of murder or real brutality.


4 posted on 05/29/2014 4:54:40 PM PDT by El Zoro
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To: Kaslin

Between Kerry and Obama there is not one man!


5 posted on 05/29/2014 4:54:47 PM PDT by El Zoro
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To: Kaslin
surely you jest...

6 posted on 05/29/2014 4:55:37 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Kaslin

It’s not.


7 posted on 05/29/2014 4:57:59 PM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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I wonder what Kerry and O’Bunghole would think of snowden had his actions had been against the Bush administration


8 posted on 05/29/2014 5:04:38 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%i)
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To: Kaslin

I doubt there is one “cajone” between those 2 queens.


9 posted on 05/29/2014 5:14:26 PM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m still waiting for a single instance of a revelation by Snowden that damaged national security. Most of what he has released related to “terrorism” only confirms what the NY Times released to subvert Bush. All the domestic spying and all encompassing data collection has not one iota of relevance to “terrorism”.

Would I take the word of Snowden over the representative of the government agencies .... say Clapper for instance, “I gave you the least untruthful answer I could ...”. And Clapper may be the most honest of the whole corrupt bunch.

Will be very interesting to see the list of people spied on domestically .... John Roberts, Herman Cain, .....?


10 posted on 05/29/2014 5:14:41 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (If you lined up the best and brightest of this administration, you'd just have a string of dim bulbs)
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To: RetiredTexasVet
Will be very interesting to see the list of people spied on domestically ...

Don't be surprised, when Snowden releases his list of Americans caught up in the NSA data mines, to find RetiredTexasVet, kitchen, and scores of others included.

11 posted on 05/29/2014 6:01:23 PM PDT by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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I have yet to seen anything Snowden did that was wrong. He told the American people that the federal government was unconstitutionally taking away their freedoms. The federal government has not denied it. Obviously they’re pissed because they didn’t want us to know. Screw ‘em.

And he confirmed what many of us always knew in our hearts. They use social media sites to spy on us. The only thing Snowden didn’t say was who actually owns the social networks.


12 posted on 05/29/2014 6:09:41 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: Kaslin

There sure are a lot of cowardly politicians, from both parties, who are very worried about what Snowden knows the NSA has on them. In other words, “Does Snowden know that I know and that’s why I do what I’m told?”


13 posted on 05/29/2014 6:37:01 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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