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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself 860

An anonymous reader writes "The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell. The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request. From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity. 'I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,' he said."
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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

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  • Modern Jesus (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Jah-Wren Ryel ( 80510 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @04:23PM (#43954775)

    This man may well be our Jesus. The government is going to crucify him in their fury.

  • Definitions (Score:5, Interesting)

    by InfinityWpi ( 175421 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @04:25PM (#43954789)

    Wrong? No.

    Illegal, Yes.

    Be careful, Mr. Snowden, they're going to be after you...

  • Pulling an Assange? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Bananatree3 ( 872975 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @04:32PM (#43954825)
    Sooner or later, the NSA would have found this guy. I wonder if outing himself first gives him "media immunity." It's harder to take someone out quietly, if they're in the limelight.
  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Trepidity ( 597 ) <> on Sunday June 09, 2013 @04:37PM (#43954859)

    He doesn't seem to be planning to: "I do not expect to see home again".

    One plus of outing himself in Hong Kong is that if he suddenly gets disappeared or extradited, it makes China look like U.S. puppets, which they bristle at. So they may opt to protect him, whether directly or by running U.S. extradition requests through endless bureaucracy. We'll see, I suppose.

  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Ksevio ( 865461 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @04:50PM (#43954971) Homepage
    There's no protesting or even as much outrage as there should be because it's not a very interesting leak. There's not even a group being victimized (like hispanics or conservative 501c4s), it's something that affects everyone equally.

    It's not like people are being inconvenienced like by the TSA, basically it's an out-of-sight, out-of-mind situation. Furthermore, most people probably expect the government has been doing this all along. If you watch CSI/NCIS they use information like this all the time without warrants so people believe that as much as they believe the government can scan photos and match/identify faces.

    We're not going to see any change in congress - back in the Bush administration when the secret NSA rooms were discovered in telecom buildings, the same issue came up and latest went away. Due to our poor election laws, the only alternative to a centrist Democrat like Obama is a right-wing nut job who would take the same actions (probably go further).
  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Trepidity ( 597 ) <> on Sunday June 09, 2013 @04:58PM (#43955037)

    Sometimes people do vote for third parties, but I haven't seen major changes caused by that, either. Did Ross Perot have any lasting effects?

  • by Confusedent ( 1913038 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @05:05PM (#43955091)
    I lack confidence in my ability to start an actual protest by just going out and sticking up signs on a street corner. Also, I'm more of the mind to develop technology and acquire wealth and resources so that I can one day actually have influence in the world, which does honestly seem more effectual than protesting. I made the comment because, as someone else noted about this stuff already, there are violent protests going on in Turkey (and other parts of the world) right now over far less egregious abuses of power than what our government is doing.
  • by decora ( 1710862 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @05:16PM (#43955165) Journal

    look, the last thing we need is yet another whistleblower rotting in prison or blackballed from their profession.

    People are all "oh, this is so noble". Uhm, yeah. Its noble, and thousands of other people have already done it, and they suffered immensly for it. Go read some books by actual whistleblowers. Imagine making $50,000 a year and then going down to minimum wage because its the only job you can get after you get blackballed. Imagine you lose your health insurance, your house, and you have to go into debt to pay lawyers to keep you out of prison.

    Imagine your wife, family, friends, being raided by the FBI with guns. Imagine getting stopped at every airport checkpoint, train station, etc for the rest of your life.

    Imagine never working in your field again.

    Imagine a large number of your friends just drop you. No contact. No calls. No meetings. Nothing.

    Thats what a lot of whistleblowers face.

    Oh, how noble. But if this guy was makign your french fries or bagging your groceries, would you say "oh how noble" to him? or would you continue your day to day condescending attitude towards those who have to live outside the system for whatever reason?

    This guy should have hid under a fucking rock and let the NSA and FBI go fuck itself for 10 years trying to track down the leak source. Just laugh at them from the shadows.

    It reminds me of the story in Mandela's autobiography. There were a lot of anti-apartheid activitists who operated purely out of some messianic belief they were right. Well, the enemy used this, and decimated them. They went to prison. They disappeared. They got murdered. Most of all, they didnt contribute to the continuing battle. They are like Petya Rostov in War And Peace, all heart and no brains. They might have done something admirable, but they didnt actually help win the battle or the war because they were no longer around to fight anymore.

    Now, the enemy, the NSA, or FBI, can just take this guy and swallow him into some prison.

    Oh well.

  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:4, Interesting)

    by gallondr00nk ( 868673 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @06:03PM (#43955609)

    The fact that this stuff hasn't led to protesting in the streets really reflects just how complacent the US population is. Or how afraid of the government we really are.

    I personally think this whole scenario instead proves just how afraid governments are of us.

    It somehow reminds me of the Soviet Union, which was so out of touch and terrified of its populace that it used to jail poets and painters. Now the US government is so afraid of its populace that its mining people's fucking Facebook logs and mobile phone conversations.

  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Grishnakh ( 216268 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @06:20PM (#43955737)

    Sounds good, but what this has to do with Obama being Bush's protege and Obama apologists I don't know. Obama sucks not because he hasn't figured out how to get us out of a recession/depression (lots of Presidents wouldn't figure that out, plus it's not the President's job to write the budget, it's Congress's). He sucks because he made a lot of good-sounding promises, such as to have a transparent administration and to stop warrantless wiretapping and spying on American citizens, and as soon as he was elected he did a U-turn and just copied Bush's policies on surveillance, wars, and marijuana enforcement (actually, marijuana enforcement was more lax under Bush; Obama's been much worse), plus he's gone after whistleblowers with a vengeance.

  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:4, Interesting)

    by bill_mcgonigle ( 4333 ) * on Sunday June 09, 2013 @06:22PM (#43955761) Homepage Journal

    Did Ross Perot have any lasting effects?

    My first Presidential vote was for neither Republican nor Democrat. I think that left a lasting impression on me. I still vote for neither, though I've had lapses of judgment in between.

  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 09, 2013 @06:38PM (#43955895)

    So what is the turnover rate at the good ol NSA?

    The blame for some things spans multiple parties as well as multiple administrations.
    Both parties are generally required to agree (to a degree) to appointed personnel (though if a party has a super majority this is of course FALSE).

    This is not a Bush thing, though some of it was started by his administration. And this is not an Obama thing. This is a bureaucratic thing that is associated with a totalitarian ideology. We have to make the trains run on-time no matter the cost to masses, and damn those "in charge" they won't be here long enough to understand. Huzzah Mussolini! and fuck the unconnected (read [poor|masses|those who disagree]).

    Grammar corrections always welcomed, spellin' suggestions will be ignored.

  • He has no protection (Score:4, Interesting)

    by sirwired ( 27582 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @06:44PM (#43955927)

    The Whistleblower Act will be no protection whatsoever. For that to work, the program he disclosed would have to be found illegal. Given that the Supreme Court won't even summon the balls to agree to hear a case about far-more-egregrious warrantless wiretapping, the likelihood of the program he disclosed being found unconstitutional is approx. zero.

    Without a ruling that the program was illegal, he puts himself firmly under the jurisdiction of the Espionage Act, and his confession makes a chance of conviction approx. 100%.

  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 09, 2013 @06:47PM (#43955961)

    FISA was written in the late 1970s after the public found out that the NSA and CIA (sometimes in cooperation with the FBI) were snooping on domestic postal and fax transmissions. Only then did Congress pass laws and rules which ostensibly prohibited the NSA or CIA from operating domestically. Prior to that the only thing preventing them from operating domestically was the FBI protecting their turf.

    In all likelihood, it was probably only the Nixon debacle which primed the public to actually reject this kind of snooping. Today we might just roll over. Then, like now, there are too many apologists and protectors of the police state, and not enough level-headed people willing to reject it. Perhaps the Tea Party radicals might actually be worth something, or maybe they'll just provide an easy excuse to ignore the naysayers as conspiracy theorists.

  • by ArcherB ( 796902 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @06:49PM (#43955981) Journal

    Why are you not out there protesting? Why are you waiting for others to do it? Right there in the article is your call to arms: " I had been looking for leaders, but I realised that leadership is about being the first to act."

    Grab your supplies, head out, start protesting. Don't wait for others to do it first. If our forefather's had, we'd not be here now.

    Back when I was 25, I had nothing to lose. Now, I can't really afford to lose the house that my family depends on trying to fight off an IRS audit. Even though I've done nothing wrong, I can't afford what it would cost to prove that against a government agency with unlimited funds, time, and ruthlessness.

  • As a side note... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by sirwired ( 27582 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @07:36PM (#43956301)

    As a side-note, here's the tactic I suspect they'll use to publicly disgrace him and distract the public from the documents: They'll argue that he was not, in fact, motivated out of a noble desire to advance our civil liberties, but rather tried, and failed, to sell secrets to the PRC. (No sense in claiming the PRC actually bought them... that'd pointlessly shame them for something they didn't actually do. (for once.)) They'll claim he has a lot more secrets in his possession than the ones he's revealed, and that those other secrets contained stuff that should have stayed secret. (Of course you can't know what those are, because it's too dangerous to tell you...)

    This will be effective, because they don't actually have to reveal their evidence (or lack thereof) for such a tale during trial. His confession is already more than enough to convict him under the Espionage Act.

    (All this said, the PRC was an odd choice... I'm not sure he had any good choices, as the program he revealed would have been legal in most of the countries he otherwise could have fled to, but he's going to be called on to elaborate a little further beyond waxing poetic about the peace-and-freedom loving people of Hong Kong. Personally, I would have picked Sweden or Finland; they're neither an enemies of the US nor members of NATO or reliant on the US for anything in particular. They are, however, harder to hide in.)

  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Somebody Is Using My ( 985418 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @07:40PM (#43956325) Homepage

    It makes me wonder how much control the government really has over its agencies. Can the president or Congress really rein in the NSA, the FBI, the army? Increasingly we are learning that these organizations are powers unto themselves and have little loyalty to the government (much less the people) they supposedly serve. If Congress was to order the NSA to stop, would they really do so? Would they even pretend to stop? And what would we do if they didn't?

  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:3, Interesting)

    by cold fjord ( 826450 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @08:03PM (#43956483)

    It makes me wonder how much control the government really has over its agencies. . . . If Congress was to order the NSA to stop, would they really do so? Would they even pretend to stop? And what would we do if they didn't?

    You're joking, right? The congress controls funding. If the agency is out of line and won't correct its behavior, the congress cuts it out of the budget, removes statutory authorization for it, and its gone.

    Increasingly we are learning that these organizations are powers unto themselves and have little loyalty to the government (much less the people) they supposedly serve.

    Which agencies are those? The IRS is a big problem, but that is being dealt with, although it will probably take a year or two. Other agencies are engaged in excesses, but not to the level that I would describe them as "powers unto themselves." If congress cuts their budget, they're done. If you have any other information, I'd love to hear it.

  • I don't get offended by many things, but I don't think it's humor, and that's why I don't like it. I know too many people who say of convicted felons "I hope he drops the soap a lot" and whatnot. Lots of people see prison rape as a valid part of one's punishment, and it's wrong.

  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:5, Interesting)

    by KGIII ( 973947 ) <> on Sunday June 09, 2013 @08:35PM (#43956699) Journal

    It feels good to vote for somebody instead of voting against somebody, doesn't it? The difference may seem subtle but it really isn't. I've been voting pretty much third party for well over 30 years now. I admit that it hasn't changed much of anything but it does feel good to be comfortable while looking in the mirror. I can confidently, honestly, and proudly state that I've never once voted for the winning president.

    The state of affairs is such that I've even skipped the presidential nominee section of the ballot because the third party candidate was also unable to meet my criteria. I don't think my criteria is all that hard, say what you do and do what you say. Have a history of making good choices that benefit the people around you even if it means self sacrifice. Be open, honest, and communicative. Show compassion but be capable of making tough choices. Have an articulate plan for leading my country and minimizing the risks of harm to the citizens thereof. Demonstrate that you have an understanding of worldly affairs and articulate your plans for dealing with them.

    Seriously, that's about it. Depending on those answers I can then decide if that person is best suited, out of the pack though I'm willing to write a candidate in, to represent me and my interests while also ensuring the welfare of the citizenry as a whole is effectively looked after.

    Is it seriously so difficult to research the candidates and make reasoned choices based on your actual ideals instead of the political party from which they hail? Is it that difficult to examine your own self, find what form of governing you feel best suits your ideals and your fellow citizens, and then vote accordingly without regard to a political platform? Is it so difficult to see that the two major parties are not, in fact, diametrically opposed on many things and that the things they share most are jack-booted hunger for power, oppression of dissenters, and authoritarianism?

    *sighs* I suppose that last sentence may seem a bit much. When I say both parties, I mean both parties. When I say that I judge the left more harshly that's because I do judge them more harshly. I am a member of the left-leaning voting populace. I hold them to a higher standard because, frankly, they should be more intelligent than they often demonstrate they are. The right has plenty of smart people in it but they're cut from the common cloth in much of the country and intellectuals have typically been left leaning. I don't assert that the right is stupid as a way to slander, I assert that the left is not as intelligent as they claim to be nor as intelligent as they should be and that it is unfortunate. Both sides are being played by people who have money, power, and prestige. They have absolutely no intentions of diminishing any of that and will continue their invasive quests of authoritarianism while continually eroding our rights by redefining words and intent in the Supreme Court.

    Deny it, if you want, but the evidence is there and quite clear. Control of a nation, perhaps a planet as the US isn't unique in these regards, isn't usurped by a single act nor is it done overnight. It is a slow process implemented for your safety, your health, and because they know best. The Left has been excelling at it for quite some time now and their method is beautiful in that they constantly scream how it is the Right that is doing these things. It is the Left that demands you alter your behaviors, that you adhere to the same beliefs they do, and that works to deliberately silence the opposition. It is sad because I lean left and, frankly, I am tired of the lip service paid to freedom, liberties, and the value of either. Just come out and be honest, "We wish to control you because we want the power to decide." The right should do the same, though I'm pretty sure that's common knowledge at this point.

    I think I'll close this with a fun piece of trivia, mental bubble gum if you wish, the first use of the "Free Speech Zones" was by the Democrats.

  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Trepidity ( 597 ) <> on Sunday June 09, 2013 @09:29PM (#43957099)

    Perhaps the Tea Party radicals might actually be worth something, or maybe they'll just provide an easy excuse to ignore the naysayers as conspiracy theorists.

    I do think that could be one possible positive outcome of the Tea Party, if it could be channeled into an anti-surveillance political force. An engagement with techno-libertarian issues has historically been a weakness of American libertarianism, which is to a large extent based on imagining sparsely populated frontier localism: no taxes, let me keep my rifle, I'll fight off the government with my militia when they come, etc., etc.

    Mostly it's ignored the information sphere and the need to keep any sort of pervasive surveillance state from being built, and has been relatively disconnected from considering what freedom might mean if you live in a modern city, rather than a sparely populated frontier. Not everyone has ignored it, of course, but it's gotten comparatively little focus, compared to guns & taxes.

    Unfortunately, in my corner of the country (Texas), I see some signs that nativist worries are interfering with anti-surveillance instincts. It's not everyone, but a lot of tea-partiers around here have gotten the idea that some crazy pro-police-state ideas are not so bad, if they keep the Mexicans out. Everything from drone patrols of the border to regular ID-card checks to employment databases seems to be seen as a potential aid in the War Against Illegal Immigration, whereas to me all that is a lot scarier than the illegal immigration is.

  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:5, Interesting)

    by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <> on Sunday June 09, 2013 @10:02PM (#43957317) Homepage Journal

    look at the "No child left behind" program

    I do. The American education system is based on a design intended to produce soldiers and factory workers. But we've got a shortage of factory jobs... No Child Left Behind only accentuated the problems already existing in the American education system; meaningless testing which is largely ignored, a curriculum full of lies, class sizes which prohibit meaningful student-teacher interaction, and a lack of cultural support for education (promoted by our idiocratic media) which defeats the best efforts of well-meaning educators are probably the least controversial and most frequently acknowledged problems in education today.

    I know one former California educator who was handed a paper detailing their responsibilities under the NCLB mandate. If everything went perfectly, no bathroom breaks and no personal attention to any student, there were fifteen minutes too few in the day to comply with the mandate. They threw the paper on the floor and walked out, and quit shortly thereafter.

    without truly independent oversight from the public these programs will just grow as much as their budgets will allow.

    You can say that about any government program. And since men with guns will ultimately take away anything valuable you have to satisfy the greed of the state, their budgets can theoretically grow until we all go broke.

  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Jeremi ( 14640 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @10:08PM (#43957339) Homepage

    That's funny... you believe there was any difference between the two? Exactly how could Romney have been any worse?

    Romney wasn't an running in the 2008 general election, perhaps you meant McCain/Palin?

    That aside, I suspect you're right, that the Republican wouldn't have been much worse (or much better) on the national-security-vs-privacy issue. There really does seem to be a bipartisan consensus in Washington that mass monitoring of phone/email records is acceptable.

    However, that's not the only issue that people care about. For example, a Republican president would have been significantly worse in terms of clean energy policy (which is important to me), and would have taken very different approaches on other things like health care, gay rights, taxation, social spending, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. Regardless of your position on those issues, they matter, perhaps more than this one, and people rightly take them into account when voting.

  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:2, Interesting)

    by cold fjord ( 826450 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @10:55PM (#43957597)

    During the cold war the NSA was focused on the Soviet Union, which was an actual real threat to our national security. There is little evidence that the NSA was engaged in domestic spying during that time. Today the NSA, and all this surveillance, is focused on stopping some hermits in Afghanistan from talking to a few guys with a pressure cooker full of gunpowder.

    So you acknowledge that the Soviet Union was a threat to national security? Well, good, that's a first step. Now things get a bit more interesting. I recall that the Soviet Union shot down a number of surveillance planes during the Cold War, such as the famous U2 incident. I don't recall that they ever bombed or torpedoed any American warships. I also don't recall that they bombed any, let alone two, American embassies, killing large numbers of people. Nor do I recall that they ever attacked any American skyscrapers or military headquarters, killing thousands of people on American soil (2,973 ) - approximately as many as died in the war igniting attack on Pearl Harbor. Nor did they recruit any attackers to shoot dead American soldiers engaging in administrative processing at an American military base. And yet Al Qaida and company has done all these things, and they continue to attempt to recruit extremists to commit further attacks.

    1996 Bin Laden's Fatwa [] - Text of the fatwa, or declaration of war, by Osama bin Laden first published in Al Quds Al Arabi

    1998 Bombing of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya [] - 224 dead, est. 4,000 injured, both embassies heavily damaged

    2000 Photo: USS Cole [] - Video USS Cole [] - 17 dead, 39 injured, major damage to destroyer

    2001 9/11 attacks [] - 2,973 dead. Two skyscraper towers destroyed, heavy damage to Pentagon.
    Estimated damage to US economy: ~ $100,000,000.

    2009 Fort Hood massacre [] - 13 dead, 30 injured

    2010 Attempted bombing of Times Square in New York City by the Taliban [] - Attack failed

    You dismiss intelligence efforts to halt attacks like this as "stopping some hermits in Afghanistan from talking to a few guys with a pressure cooker". You don't think those sorts of attacks need to be stopped? I'm curious, what sort of body count or damage will it take for you to realize you're wrong?

    Prior to the US invasion in 2001, Al Qaida was turning out thousands of trained terrorists per year in Afghanistan. That pretty much stopped after the invasion.

    Meanwhile, our diplomatic relations with China and Russia have deteriorated, and we have very little idea what is going on in Iran or North Korea.

    There should be no surprises there.

    From Warren Christopher to John Kerry — Slow learners about weak horses in the Middle East []

    Remember last month, when the Chinese Red Army was identified as actively behind cyber-spying? It was some gumshoes working for a private company that tracked it to a specific building in Shanghai.

    You aren't suggesting either that the NSA had no idea, or that they make regular press announcements

  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:4, Interesting)

    by interkin3tic ( 1469267 ) on Sunday June 09, 2013 @11:31PM (#43957777)

    Actually, failure to vote for third parties is the primary reason they're able to get away with stuff like this.

    It's a commonly held theory that the two party system is to blame for something such as erosion of our privacy and rights in America. However, it seems to me that the evidence utterly shreds this notion: countries like the UK have more than two parties, yet they have the same problems.

    I've never heard a good explanation as to why a third party in the US would solve problems that we see in countries WITH third or more parties.

    I'd suggest it's the voters are stupid and paranoid and get the government they deserve, independent of party structure or number.

  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:4, Interesting)

    by BlueStrat ( 756137 ) on Monday June 10, 2013 @12:53AM (#43958173)

    It's a sad day when an American has to go to China for Sanctuary for reporting violations of the Bill of Rights.

    No shit. It's like living in some kind of "Homeland" or other dystopian-future-themed computer game.

    I guess the old "reality is stranger than fiction" truism still stands.

    Maybe China or Russia will actually end up sending arms and funding to a future American resistance movement like the US has been doing around the world regarding rebels fighting against unfriendly regimes for many decades.

    Interesting times, indeed. More than a bit surreal as well.

    And it may be a lot closer than most think. []


  • Re:Modern Jesus (Score:5, Interesting)

    by meta-monkey ( 321000 ) on Monday June 10, 2013 @01:52AM (#43958345) Journal

    1) I am wholly against the surveillance state.

    2) You do have to wonder what that meeting is like when a new president is briefed on the all the shit nobody else knows about.

    I have a story, 2nd hand, and now third to you, so take that from a random slashdot user for what it's worth (absolutely nothing).

    Guy I met a few times in college (we'll call him R) was good friends with my very good friend (call him S). R was very involved with the Republican Party at the local and state levels, wound up as an assistant to the state Secretary of State, and he did a ton of work on the Bush campaign in 2004. His reward for that was as an assistant to the National Security Advisor.

    After the transition in 2009 R has drinks with S and tells him this story, and S told me. I have met R, and I know he did in fact hold this position. I don't have any reason to think he'd lie to S, or that S would lie to me. Still, take it for what's worth (nothing).

    So when the transition is going down, obviously there are a lot of meetings between the outgoing and incoming administration. For one of these, R is told to go retrieve some documents from the State department. An armored vehicle shows up at the White House, R climbs in with four marines, each fully armed. They drive to the state department, inside, into a sub basement where R is given a locked briefcase which is handcuffed to him. They go back to the White House, and R has the distinct impression that the marines are not there to guard him from some attack on their trip. They're there to shoot him if he tries to tamper with or open the briefcase.

    At the White House, R meets with Bush and Obama, and Bush tells R to give the briefcase to Obama. The marines unlock the handcuffs and case, and step back. The contents of the case are for the president's eyes only. They step back, and Obama opens the case and reads the documents. The obvious joke is that Obama went white, but that's basically what happened. Bush looked at Obama and said, "Well, you wanted it. It's your problem now, fucker!" And then the briefcase went back with R to the state department.

    Obviously he has no idea what was in the case, and I have no way of verifying this story. No matter what it was it doesn't justify the police state we've become. But still, you do wonder about the shit they know that we never will.

  • by CHIT2ME ( 2667601 ) on Monday June 10, 2013 @07:19PM (#43967701) Journal
    I'm an old Marine. I don't do anything on the internet that is illegal or even worth a second look. So, I've got nothing to hide. Everyday, people put their lives up for inspection on the internet. Corporations are monitoring all your data as you live and breathe. But, when the government goes fishing for traffic that may be linked to terrorist activity, everyone goes berserk! Get a life people! Everything you say and do in the internet is subject to interception. Be it corporations, the government, or criminals looking for your critical assets. The sooner you realize that anything you say or do on the internet is, basically, public knowledge, the better off you will be. I know a lot of you are totally pizzed off about this. Because that's what Fux News told you to be, even though, it was Bushies who started this program. I've seen recent news broadcasts showing that this program has stopped some terrorist plots and even led to the capture of one of the ragheads who was out to "wipe out America". So, the next beautiful morning that you leave the house to go to work, the park, or any other activity in safety, ask yourself; "is it PRISIM that has allowed me to move about freely in a free nation"? Finally, to Mr. Snowden, He had privileged knowledge to a very secret government program. He, I'm sure, signed the various non-disclosure papers to ensure that the program remained a secret. However, he decided for some reason that America was doing BAD! Instead of stopping what he was doing, he continued until his job was done. Then, he squealed. By doing so he; 1 violated the non-disclosure agreements he had signed, 2 committed treason, and 3 became the a-hole who could lead to the deaths of many innocent Americans. Like I said at the beginning of this post, I'm an old Marine. If it were up to me, I would just stand him up against a wall and put 20 or 30 rounds through his treasonous brain pan!!!!

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