It’s always unpleasant watching a dog chase an SUV, especially an armored presidential one, even if you’re not that fond of the dog.
Further my post of yesterday. Today’s main revelation about Snowden is that he revealed confidential information about NSA hacking of China to a Chinese paper. But I’m sure Glenn Beck and Fox News are totally cool with that. Because they are in solidarity with the PRC.
Um, how long do you think it would take me to find a Fox News story or Beck bit freaking out about Chinese hacking of the US?
The mere fact that Snowden decamped to Hong Kong-i.e., China-should raise alarm bells. And spare me the BS about Hong Kong being a bellwether of free speech and civil liberties. We aren’t partying like it’s 1999 anymore. Hello.
Look. Snowden and Greenwald obviously have an agenda. Greenwald has been totally upfront about that agenda. The agenda is that the US should not be collecting intelligence on anyone, anywhere, anytime. Snowden has said as much.
Is that really the conservative position now? If not, why are many conservative outlets implicitly endorsing it, by continuing to flog the Snowden/Greenwald line? Are we now all Henry Stimsons, circa 1941 updated to the Internet age: “Gentlemen do not read other gentlemen’s emails”? If so, say so.
And if you’re a libertarian, a man with unimpeachable libertarian credentials and encyclopedic knowledge of the law and the Constitution says, categorically, that the collection of metadata is legal and Constitutional. And bonus points: he’s joined in this opinion by a legal scholar at Cato.
Attention idiots: this will not harm Obama in the least, and you are being played by people with a deeply-held anti-American agenda. You are playing into Greenwald’s hands, and are enabling the activities of people who are willing to betray highly confidential information to China.
Can you be more stupid? Don’t answer that. I think I know the answer.
Update. I’ve focused on Glenn Greenwald, but Laura Poitras deserves attention too. She’s had an anti-NSA agenda for some time, as evidenced by this “Surveillance teach-in” that she put on last year. Note the usual suspects involved-specifically, William Binney and Jacob Appelbaum. I’m curious as to whether Appelbaum facilitated communications (e.g., help with encryption or the use of Tor) between Snowden, Greenwald, and Poitras. She’s obviously had an agenda for quite a while. Then there’s this little tidbit about Poitras’s dalliance-and perhaps far worse-with insurgents in Iraq who ambushed an American patrol. Lovely. The WaPo gave her a byline, why, exactly, since it seems to be directly contrary to its policy not to give one in a news story to a political activist?
There is a little cabal here. I further note that Poitras and Greenwald were in communication with Snowden before he removed classified items from NSA computers. If they asked him to provide proof for his stories, I’m thinking accessories before the fact.
And oh look, Sean Hannity is giving a platform and a wet kiss to William Binney, who is also adored by OWS. Bizarro World doesn’t come close to describing all of this.