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The Attack of the Golem

June 11th, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Before he went to the Guardian, Edward Snowden went to Barton Gellman of the Washington Post with 41 slides and a “demand that the Post publish all 41 slides within 72 hours of receipt”. Calling himself “Verax”, Snowden approached the Washington Post through an implied intermediary. Gellman writes:

A series of indirect contacts preceded our first direct exchange May 16. Snowden was not yet ready to tell me his name, but he said he was certain to be exposed — by his own hand or somebody else’s. Until then, he asked that I not quote him at length. He said semantic analysis, another of the NSA’s capabilities, would identify him by his patterns of language.

The Post dithered and the Guardian got the scoop. In the event, not even the Guardian published all the slides. “The Guardian also refused to publish the complete set. Why? If you saw them, you’d know, Gellman told the New York Times’ Charlie Savage.”

The slides remain in the possession of both the Washington Post and the Guardian, not to mention Snowden himself. Perhaps they’ve been glimpsed by the Chinese in whose territory the Snowden was last seen and  may possibly come into the hands of Vladimir Putin, who announced he’d consider granting Snowden asylum if asked. Twitchy rhetorically wonders who decides whether the other 36 slides will be published:

The Post, together with the Guardian, published five PowerPoint slides regarding the government’s PRISM program. However, both papers chose to withhold 36 more slides leaked to them by Snowden. That puts both papers, rather than the government, in the position of deciding what the public needs to know, and what it shouldn’t know about the government’s Internet surveillance infrastructure. Is everyone comfortable with that?

The answer is obvious: Snowden, Russia and/or China get to decide if the 36 slides get released. Nor is it to be discounted that Snowden has more in his possession than just the slides. A little noted detail in Politico hints there may be more: “additionally, according to Gellman, Snowden requested that the Post publish online a ‘cryptographic key’ so he could prove to a foreign embassy he was the source of the document leak.”

This strongly suggests that Snowden was going to post the material online together with a key allowing its decryption – so it could be read – and a digital signature proving that he alone encrypted it — so they would know it came from him.  He might have posted it anyway as a form of insurance.

There may exist a trove of unreadable NSA classified material already in the hands of a number of people simply awaiting a key and signature. Snowden may have arranged for the key to be released on a schedule unless he resets the timer at intervals through some instrumentality. This would be insurance against “disappearing” because if he vanishes, then who resets the timer?

The size of that potential bomb is difficult to estimate. What’s in the 36 slides? Now imagine that you are Google or Microsoft trying to estimate your possible exposure to a class action suit, the kind of which nearly sank AT&T in the Hepting vs AT&T case,  whose amounts were potentially “ruinous”.

What is Google’s liability?  It may not in fact know,  not only because it is uncertain what liabilities arise  from the current exposure, there is no way of estimating what liabilities may arise from a future exposure. What else is in the trove? Have health records been accessed? What about financial records? How big can this hit be? Google has tried to get out in front of the issue by “asking the Obama administration for permission to disclose more information about requests it gets from national intelligence agencies for its users’ emails and other online communications.”

It needs daylight between itself and the administration. This is the first step in pointing fingers.

The technology giant made the request in a letter to Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on Tuesday.

Google is trying to counteract damaging media reports that the company allows the National Security Agency access to users’ online communications.

The BBC is now reporting that Facebook and Microsoft have joined Google in requesting the government explain things. “Microsoft added that “permitting greater transparency on the aggregate volume and scope of national security requests, including FISA orders, would help the community understand and debate these important issues”. Ted Ullyot, Facebook’s general counsel, said the social networking leader wants to provide “a complete picture of the government requests we receive, and how we respond”.

They are unlikely to be completely successful, however. Some kind of court is in the cards. And any litigation is likely to involve trade secrets, patents, etc of tech companies. This could cost a lot of money.

For the NSA, things are only slightly better. Unless they can put a lid on this, or somehow restore public confidence in the broad intelligence gathering effort, then they may be the object of Church Committee-style hearings, which in the 1970s severely clipped the wings of the CIA. The lawyers and the budgets rivals to the NSA are probably orbiting like vultures right now, waiting for it to die or get downsized.

Putin probably believes that offering asylum to Snowden is a good investment. Because he can sell Snowden back to Obama in exchange for a whole lot more than he can screw out of Snowden on his own.  But not before he gets Snowden’s stash, and not before he gets stuff to hold US tech over a barrel.

The enormity of the potential catastrophe facing US intelligence and US tech can hardly be overstated because we don’t even know what it is. It’s not just a ‘known unknown’. It’s an ‘unknown unknown’. The only way out is for everyone who stands to down the tubes  to be held harmless. The political system has to absolve the citizens who just went along. “Ego te absolvo a peccatis tuis in nomine gubernatio, et populorum, et lex.”

Do you think “in nomine Obama” will be enough?

Most problems in human history, but politics in especial, have been solved through human sacrifice.  We just call it something different now.   To restore legitimacy to the system, the system needs a human sacrifice. Someone or something has to take the rap, accept responsibility, take a bullet for the team so we can all agree to move on.

Who’s going to take the rap?

Sometimes that person is a US President. For example Lyndon Johnson resigned after his Vietnam policy failed. Richard Nixon, who had just won a landslide election shortly before, resigned after Watergate. They did this because they were in the way of keeping the system going;  while they remained things were paralyzed. In the end Johnson and Nixon went because hanging on to the Oval Office was bad for politics, bad for business, bad for everybody.

A political crisis is usually about the establishment coming to a consensus decision of who has to go. But somebody has to go. The NSA’s intelligence collection system is too valuable to lose. And so are the banks and tech companies and whatever else might be caught up in this. Somehow the governance system has to be purged of what is paralyzing it so life can go on. One blogger writes to say that the “Golem of Government” is running rampage through the system.

You see, for generations now you have collectively built and nurtured a massive, living, metabolizing creature. From the inanimate, intellectual detritus of “progressivism” and your unending and increasingly all-consuming narcissism you have kneaded it into a shapeless husk, pouring in rank mud like “Save the Planet,” “Global Warming,” “The American Dream of Home Ownership,” “The War on Drugs”, “Mothers Against Drunk Driving”, “The War On Terror”, “Speculators”, “Too Big To Fail”, “The 1%”, and of course the essence and spark of its life, “…if it saves just one child.” In conjunction with (but far more so than the other buckets of intellectual mud) “…if it saves just one child” has created the Golem of Government.

And it grew, and grew, and grew until it blew a fuse. Nobody knows how to turn it off any more. It ain’t just the Tea Party guys any more. Now it’s after Google! So it’s serious. Something has to stop it or slow it down before it smashes everything in its agony. Now let’s see whether the political system is up to the task.


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• (12) Remember FAST AND FURIOUS, in which the Obama DOJ deliberately allowed thousands of military-grade "assault rifles" to be delivered to Mexican drug cartels, resulting in HUNDREDS of murders, including those of two U.S. law enforcement personnel?

• (13) Remember the Obama DOJ refusing to prosecute the most conspicuous and well documented case of Voting Place Intimidation in U.S. History?

• (14) Remember the sitting Attorney General refusing to answer Congressional questions about "Fast and Furious" and hiding behind a PRESIDENTIAL assertion of executive privilege?

• (15) Remember the IRS official directly responsible for the targeting of conservative applicants for protected status TAKING THE FIFTH AMENDMENT and refusing to answer Congressional questions, then going on an extended vacation on FULL SALARY?

• (16) Remember the firing of AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin when he investigated Obama's pal, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former pro basketball star? That investigation was of the alleged misuse of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars by the Mayor's friends…

I could go on, but you get the picture. We forget. Nobody can keep track of all the BS this administration has shoveled; there's just too much. And that's without even mentioning the sickening corruption of the Democrat party when they had full control of both houses in Congress… Ms. Pelosi and her Air Force Jet party central for all her pals - hundreds of thousands of dollars just in LIQUOR BILLS, not to mention the cost of fuel, maintenance, parts, air and ground crew. God Help the US.

Parasites.

Will the host survive?
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The trouble is, I'm far more afraid of my own government than I am "terrorists". Who kills more innocent Americans in the US? Terrorists or law enforcement officers?

That's what is so puzzling about people on the right who support a police state, don't you grasp that Obama and many on the left consider you terrorists? My own state police issued a report that people who displayed the Gadsden flag should be considered potential terrorists.

Look at how the IRS has been harassing Tea Party groups, again for the same reason, they consider them to be enemies of the state.

All these rules and special exceptions to the constitution can and will be used against political enemies. That's why they shouldn't exist.
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There is a lot of chaff in the air.

First I think that Snowden probably was a dupe of Chinese State Security. He is in effect a traitor. His motives may be legitimate. His grievances may be real. The danger of overreaching intrusion by the NSA is serious. The organs of the American government have been penetrated by forces hostile to the people and the Constitution. But he is still likely guilty.

China is effectively at war with us. They bought, or is it rented, the Clintons and are aggressive to the edge of recklessness in challenging our technology and military. Is there a line between the Chinese and the Russians on this? Are they like the Sunni and the Shi'a, who hate each other and kill each other but who despise us more? The Kremlin shill is spinning at 5,000 rpm to stampede us into pouring our trust and hopes behind the Isolationist fringe of the Paulbots. Who wins if we do that? The world is on fire and evil is growing. This is no time to hide.

Our enemies, in Tehran and Beijing and Moscow and Quetta etc. benefit by our lack of focus as we run from fire to fire. We need to identify our enemies and our friends and work patiently to disempower our enemies. We need a strong foreign policy with strong tools to support it. Those tools include a strong military and a strong intelligence system.

Domestically we need to restore the Constitution and get the real traitors and subversives out of power. The best long term defense we can bring to the Republic is engagement in the political process, don't just complain about the Republicans while allowing Democrats to win but support real patriots, and we need support for any changes that would weaken the authoritarians by defunding them. Pry their fingers off the education system and the health care system and locate every crack they use through charities and mandates to divert funds, especially tax payer funds. No one should be allowed to vote for their own income.

Do we need a Communications and Signals Intelligence Service? Yes we do and we need the most iron clad safeguards possible to ensure that the likes of Obama never get near the keys to the Puzzle Palace. Do we need an Internal Revenue Service capable of interfering in the exercise of Constitutional speech and effecting the results of elections? No we do not and serious restructuring of our tax system is imperative.
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This is crazy and very fishy. There's no way a lowlevel sysadmin with three months on the job could get the bede on an entire national security apparatus. Additionally, there's no way a PowerPoint presentation of 41 slides could do it, either. Who's kidding who? Am I to believe that this idiot compromised national security by revealing a 41 slide PowerPoint presentation? Seriously, that's all it takes to compromise national security?

Of course it's not. We've entered the Theater of the Absurd. The problem all boils down to a basic problem of trust. These days the Konspiracy Theorists sound wise. LIBOR, anyone? John Cornine? Government folks behaving badly across the board as far as the eye can see? Too Big To Fail? And on and on and on and on ...

For those of you not around for the 1990's, what we have now is what is was like during the Clinton presidency, every day, for eight years. One scandal after another ad infinitum. Clinton had my FBI file in the White House back in the day, as well as other Belmonters I'm sure. Democrats love, love politicizing the offices of power. Love, love, love it.

One Clintonite attempted to save himself by claiming he lied to his damning diary, once. And omg it worked.

I wonder if we can stop the rot, the rust. We're pretty far gone. The Dems are pretty close to just muscling their plans in. Basic morality, which ought to check them by rights, has taken a powder.

As we might expect when all the intelligentsia has signed up with the Frankfurt Skool. It's a tough nut dislodging those bastards.
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Every time a Democrat is in power I lose my job in the defense community and get slammed by the IRS. In 1997 I was the target of a 3 letter agency doin' a little domestic "training" exercises. I am starting to take it personally.
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For whatever reason, a significant portion of the English intelligentsia has decided that the United States is the enemy. This has been the case for a long time, but it has become downright obvious since 2001. In effect, at least part of Fleet Street is waging a Cold War against the United States – a one sided war because Americans don't seem to be fighting back.

Although American English has been gaining ground, the majority of the world's English speakers use some variant of British English. This gives Fleet Street a massive advantage over the United States as the principal source of English language news. As it is, Fleet Street's propaganda war – particularly its demonization of people from the North American interior – may very well plunge the English language into a linguistic brawl. The question of whether Africans learn British English or American English is not a minor one, as that affects whether the Manchester Guardian or the Miami Heat exert influence.

We need to consider that the primacy of English is not necessarily an advantage to the United States given Fleet Street's power. Most languages have a center of gravity. For French, it is France. For German, it is Germany. For Portuguese, it is Brazil. For Arabic, it is Egypt. English is divided between BBC English (based on Oxford-Cambridge) and Standard American. At least on the Left, England has the upper hand, as the Guardian has emerged as the flagship media outlet of the Anglophone Left. The more American English gets bashed in the English media, the more dialect and accent acquire politicized overtones.

In the meantime, it is preposterous how people who can't pronounce their r's should lecture others on how English should be spoken. If the “r” isn't supposed to be pronounced, don't write it down that way!
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I saw a post on FB which posited that "American English" only came into being as a result of better dental health among the colonists! I love it!
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"Fleet" Street. Just as an ironic aside, you may not know that this famous street is named for the old River Fleet that became an open sewer as London grew. To conceal the stench, it was covered over, mostly with this street.
When you hear "Fleet Street" picture what still flows through it.
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Why did the Guardian print what it did?
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BC, compare the USA Today headlines from the UK: 'Spying Furor Grows' to theirs in the US 'I Didn't Do Anything Wrong' with a pic of Snowden.

MSM is so ridiculously manipulated in this country.
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Its hard for me to take this fuss seriously; under the Clintons, China raided the pantry pretty thoroughly; Nuclear weapon design, Rocketry Hardware and programming for guidance systems.
What could be left?
State secrets are the most transient of all things.
The main concern of government is to keep them hidden from its own citizens.
If this latest exhibition of incompetance serves to flush out the system and educate the voters on the folly of trusting too much in beurocrats, it will be worth the price.
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The question in reality is not whether the NSA is accessing such data. Of course they have the capability to do so; it's their job. It's like asking if the USAF has the capability to nuke Chicago; if they cannot they better well explain whythell not.

Rather, the question is if the NSA is accessing such data, what are the same people who did Obamacare, expanded the Food Stamp Programs, funded the Solyndra Debacle and and the Scrap the Junkers Insanity, invented the Bengahzi Coverup, directed the IRS Assault on Conservatives, and continue with Obama's Eternal Campaign, doing with it? Or what could they do with it?

I would bet that Snowden has been uncomfortable with what he knows for some time and that the recent scandal relevations probably kicked him over into telling about it.

Now as to legitimacy, look what he did. He ended up not using the US press, not even to Limbaugh or O'Reilly or Beck. He ended up not going to Congress, not even to a firebrand like Paul.

When I became disturbed enough over what I saw was a flawed policy I wrote a staff summary sheet and tried to send it through the appropriate chain of command at the Pentagon. In the end it got thrown away by someone ill-equipped to comprehend it, but I also showed it to members of US industry and the USAF intelligence community. I considered leaking it to the news media and did not - it was not classified - but several years later I had the pleasure of explaining it all to a Congressional investigating committee. But Snowden just went VFR direct to the press, with something very higly classified. That shows he saw no one to trust. And I guess we all understand his problem.
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Rather, the question is if the NSA is accessing such data, what are the same people who did Obamacare, expanded the Food Stamp Programs, funded the Solyndra Debacle and and the Scrap the Junkers Insanity, invented the Bengahzi Coverup, directed the IRS Assault on Conservatives, and continue with Obama's Eternal Campaign, doing with it? Or what could they do with it?

The 64 trillion dollar question. We have a winner.
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Anti-conspiracy theorists have long insisted that if there were any evil conspiracies in the government a modern day Deep Throat and a Woodward or Bernstein hungry for a Pulitzer would've exposed them all by now. Ha! Now gentlemen you are about to see why not, and why Obama has skated with the most scandal-plagued and corrupt Administration in history. Kompromat! But dirt is a double edged sword, and to the accusers who insist this is all a foreign intel service orchestrating the whole thing (no doubt if our present bunch of kleptocrats can invent some fake Chinese orders to Snowden, they will) -- remember the Russkies and Chinese have dirt on our elites too. Dirt like the FLIR footage of the CIA men helping the Libyans load the ships bound for Turkey and the Syria jihadists with MANPADs. The Israelis know this too which is why they've backed off against Assad (that and the Mossad/Shin Bet/and Israeli military all prevailing over their pols and the neocons who want to make Syria safe for the Muslim Brotherhood).
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Talking Points Memo [http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/06/former-nsa-boss-likely-scope-snowden-leak.php?ref=fpb] says, "Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, who was the director of the NSA from 1995 until 2005, told TPM Tuesday that agency officials likely know exactly which classified files were accessed and potentially leaked by Snowden. Hayden also said it’s possible the number of documents leaked by Snowden number in the thousands and he’s 'surprised' at the sensitive nature of the material that’s been leaked so far."

Glenn Greenwald says:

"According to Greenwald, Snowden gave reporters “thousands” of documents, “dozens” of which were newsworthy.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has described Snowden’s leak as 'literally gut-wrenching.' In response, Greenwald tweeted: 'save some melodrama and rhetoric for coming stories. You’ll need it.'"

How did it come to this?
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W: "How did it come to this?"

It's merely the effect of time as applied to high-level players' ambitiously deceitful personality trait in common, as explained in four words some 3/4 century ago by Groucho Marx: "Time wounds all heels."
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I've already seen the fake Right plants aggressively pushing that gathering the meta deta is helpful and can keep us safe. When even Mark Levin who went hardcore against Ron Paul in the primaries isn't buying it, the 'Paulbot isolationist' label is wearing thin. Believe Greenwald, this is just the beginning, and there will be leakers and whistleblowers who will have nothing to do with the hated gay lefty Mr. Greenwald. Perhaps they'll leak to the Swiss papers just to find a neutral venue, and won't make the mistake of fleeing to a jurisdiction where they are easy to denounce as Eastasian or Eurasian operatives. Stay frosty more damning stuff is coming. We have only seen the start.
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A nation's character is revealed in it's secret agencies. There are two scandals here. One is what is revealed, the other is that it was revealed.

What does this reveal about the character of the nation? That there is an elite in power that doesn't trust the population that feeds it. Everyone must be watched. If there is a movement that arises organically in response to a legislative initiative, it is a threat that must be countered with the blunt instruments of the State.
That elite recognized Obama as a kindred spirit, not because of the Hope and Change, but because they recognized someone like them who would use power to advance the interests of the State.
This young lad thought that all that bulls**t actually was for real then recognized it for what it was.
2008 was a failure of the elite on many levels, enough that in most places there would have been blood. But the accumulated resources allowed them to buy the situation out, and the last few years have been used to reconstruct what they had before.

This type of program to actually work requires extraordinary skill. You need a very clear idea what you are looking for, an extremely firm hand on the help so they don't go too far, a deep understanding of the processes so that you as a decision maker doesn't get snowed by stuff you don't get. It is just another tool that needs to be accompanied by robust on the ground intelligence and ability to follow up any findings.

Obama strikes me as someone who takes for granted the roads would be there and maintained, that everything would get done, but with no clue as to the minutia of a working system and the efforts required to have things work. The elites running the government just love this. They do what they have always wanted and have someone else to take the flak.
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Single point of failure.
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Ever consider it may be by design?

I always thought the end game was to crash the system.
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Or maybe its a false flag operation. Major William Martin, come alive in the age of Facebook.
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So who will take the fall?. The list of possible candidate is growing and, paradoxically, narrowing. The range of scandals is now too broad to be relieved by sacking a few GS-13s.
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Second I doubt that Google can draw a line between themselves and the American government. To a considerable extent Google is the American government. They weren't some blushing virgin dragged across a threshold. They ran towards the fire and jumped in with both feet. For many of the tech elite the attraction of their industry was the promise of Power. At best they were like the elves of Eregion who were shocked to discover that Annatar The Lord of Gifts was really Sauron. "Don't Be Evil" always struck me as a dangerous if not arrogant motto.
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BFTP said:
"They ran towards the fire and jumped in with both feet. .... At best they were like the elves of Eregion who were shocked to discover that Annatar The Lord of Gifts was really Sauron. "Don't Be Evil" always struck me as a dangerous if not arrogant motto."

This is a very perceptive comment. I like the Annatar analogy. It concerns me that the folks behind the Linux kernel have accepted "gifts" from the NSA. The Google comment "Don't Be Evil" was intended to distinguish Google from Microsoft who are profoundly evil and seem to revile in being evil. I suspect that Google is now flirting with evil.
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There is a lot of chaff in the air.

First I think that Snowden probably was a dupe of Chinese State Security. He is in effect a traitor. His motives may be legitimate. His grievances may be real. The danger of overreaching intrusion by the NSA is serious. The organs of the American government have been penetrated by forces hostile to the people and the Constitution. But he is still likely guilty.

China is effectively at war with us. They bought, or is it rented, the Clintons and are aggressive to the edge of recklessness in challenging our technology and military. Is there a line between the Chinese and the Russians on this? Are they like the Sunni and the Shi'a, who hate each other and kill each other but who despise us more? The Kremlin shill is spinning at 5,000 rpm to stampede us into pouring our trust and hopes behind the Isolationist fringe of the Paulbots. Who wins if we do that? The world is on fire and evil is growing. This is no time to hide.

Our enemies, in Tehran and Beijing and Moscow and Quetta etc. benefit by our lack of focus as we run from fire to fire. We need to identify our enemies and our friends and work patiently to disempower our enemies. We need a strong foreign policy with strong tools to support it. Those tools include a strong military and a strong intelligence system.

Domestically we need to restore the Constitution and get the real traitors and subversives out of power. The best long term defense we can bring to the Republic is engagement in the political process, don't just complain about the Republicans while allowing Democrats to win but support real patriots, and we need support for any changes that would weaken the authoritarians by defunding them. Pry their fingers off the education system and the health care system and locate every crack they use through charities and mandates to divert funds, especially tax payer funds. No one should be allowed to vote for their own income.

Do we need a Communications and Signals Intelligence Service? Yes we do and we need the most iron clad safeguards possible to ensure that the likes of Obama never get near the keys to the Puzzle Palace. Do we need an Internal Revenue Service capable of interfering in the exercise of Constitutional speech and effecting the results of elections? No we do not and serious restructuring of our tax system is imperative.
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BFTP said:

"Domestically we need to restore the Constitution and get the real traitors and subversives out of power. The best long term defense we can bring to the Republic is engagement in the political process..."

IMHO, the biggest problem is the MSM. Obama was an MSM construct. The MSM continues to support Obama and deflects attention away from Obama's misconduct. The MSM has always been America's weak link. After Obama goes away and assuming the nation survives, the MSM will search for an Obama clone and attempt to ramrod him into office. That cycle will continue until the nation fails. Repairing the MSM or diminishing its power is the first problem requiring solution.
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I respect you...

Based upon all of your BC posts...

BUT

If he was a turned asset -- then Snowden not only lost his parachute to Minderbinder ( think on the confluence between fiction and consequnce); but he went down in flames -- like Jesus.

Wake UP!

Snowden -- IF an alien asset has violated simply ALL of the conventions.

THE ABSOLUTE LAST THING a PLA officer would want is what Snowden did: go public.

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WAKE UP!

There is not ONE ofor security service that would DREAM of letting America in on the 'secret.'

Snowden has to be the real deal: a modern Jesus.

He's operating against EVERY operational order of ANY secret organ -- of any society on Earth.

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STOP grinding your teeth about HIM -- start grinding your teeth about the WAN.

As for the implicit, zany, idea that ANYTHING Snowden has revealed is NEWS to the opfor: WAKE UP.

Based upon Internet postings -- AGES OLD -- NOTHING Snowden strikes me as new or odd.

Red China and Putin & Co. ALREADY knew of the entire project.

That it's aimed at the America polity has -- apparently -- gone unremarked in the MSM.

Dull, thy wit is the MSM.

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Snowden had a hot girl friend who appears to be little better than a common prostitute. There's a slight possibility she was some sort of honey trap. More likely, she ran Snowden through the ringer and his leaking of classified information was a psychological reaction (his behavior was semi-suicidal). The people handing out security clearances should be looking for situations like this.
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BFTP,

That's SENATOR Paul-bot to you, sir. And Mark Levin, Mike Savage, Rush 'it's a coup' Limbaugh, all presumably now under the Kremlin mindrays as well regarding the NSA. All perhaps falling for the dread isolationism of the Paulbots. Or perhaps not.

Did you read anything I wrote? I said Snowden is doomed to be the Emanuelle Goldstein of our Oceania, and now that he's in Hong Kong, he will be denounced as a hated agent of Eastasia even if this is not true, and the ChiComs refrain from snatching Snowden due to his visibility. It is the pap for the proverbial low information voter of the Right, who doesn't know that the NSA took ALL OF THE DATA for Verizon domestic calls over 3 months on record with not even Gen. Clapper disputing that the NSA has every sex hotline, every escort service, and every abortion clinic or crisis pregnancy center for every Verizon customer. But look, over there! It's Snowden in China! He's a traitor!

The equivalent on the drooling Left are 'Bush did it too' 'Teabaggers just angry because the President is black' 'Obama would never lie about listening to anyone's calls' and finally, my favorite, 'we briefed Congress on this program so Congress is lying'. When the actual program that members of Congress were briefed on was overseas spying, it wasn't domestic at all except for those calling into the U.S. Low information and eternal Cold War voters indeed.


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I'm sorry, but I think it's way too late for remedies like "restore the Constitution and engage in the political process." That's like giving route directions to someone sitting in a car whose fuel line has been cut and engine ripped out. The political system has been sabotaged - you CAN'T "support real patriots" because all the bridges to where you want to go have been demolished. You can't get there from here. That's what this series of scandals has demonstrated: just try to support your local patriot and see what happens. All the data-mining has already been done to block you from getting anywhere. The IRS stands ready to crush you and your patriot before you even get out of your driveway. All the pressure points are controlled by the enemy; there's no way out.

Mark Steyn warned about this when he said that what happens when the possibility of political action is systematically choked off is civil war. If the whistleblowing doesn't do anything (and there's a mighty effort underway to see to it that it won't) it'll move on to killing.
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I think this is right. We need stuff like the military, intelligence and the IRS. We need them because the world is a dangerous place. But like all powerful tools and instrumentalities, they have to be under control. What's the use of a gun if you point it at your own head?

The question of capability is inseparable from the question of command and control. The number one question is command and control is where do I point this Super-duper Ray Gun? If you can't answer "the enemy" then there's your problem right there. Now who is the enemy?

This is a political question and needs a political answer. The powers of the state must be under the effective control of the voters and serve their interests. Right now the muzzle of the Ray-gun is wobbling a little.
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If you can't answer "the enemy" then there's your problem right there. Now who is the enemy?

Bingo.

The problem with this whole affair is so much of this is top secret and so we may never get anywhere close to the real truth. We don't know who has the ray gun, which way it's pointing and what it can do. We are pretty much blind and must rely on carefully screened reports as to what is happening.
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"... the muzzle of the Ray-gun is wobbling a little"

A little? The geniuses gave the big honking gun to Barney Fife and if he doesn't pull down his pants trying to draw it out then he'll wave that thing all over the place. Our hope is that someone remembered to give him only one dummy bullet. Our fear is that the real bad guys out there know that.
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International politics is complex, requiring lots of people in the national security infrastructure. A certain percentage of the population are Barney Fifes. The trick is to establish a track record. In another life, I was granted a Secret Clearance but nothing that I was exposed to had significant national security implications. Most of the people around me were in a similar position. The guys allowed to pass through the "inner perimeter" and access sensitive stuff had track records of over 5 years. The NSA allowed Snowden to get through the inner perimeter before he was fully checked out. My guess is due to the war against global terrorism there are manpower issues with the NSA and they are allowing people through the inner perimeter too soon.
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Technically my MOS required a successful background check, in case posted to where a clearance was required. I wasn't, so it wasn't an issue... until I applied for a collateral duty in my unit where a clearance was required. The intel folks came back and said sorry, not only do you not have a cleared background check, you don't have any background check--you're not even in the system. Not a big deal as I wasn't exposed to anything important and went out of my way to avoid possibility of said exposure. Recently I was comparing notes with a friend, her MOS had put her in daily contact with seriously classified info (we served together, this was 10+ years ago). She mentioned that when she applied for a job that required a clearance, the company ran her info and came back with the same answer--she had never been cleared, should not have received her clearance etc. It's dangerous to overgeneralize on such a small data set, but the Clintons did a real number on our security apparatus. In my case, and my friend's, there were no consequences, but how many moles have been let in through similar such holes?
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This is a delicious two way bomb. "He's a traitor pay no attention to him"
"If that is the case how and why did you let him have access."
The administration had already lost the majority on its credibility and now nothing they say about anything carries weight. The administration and the lackeys of the MSM manipulated perception to such an extreme that it became obviously unreal and untrue. The straw finally fell onto the camels back. It doesn't matter if the straw was a real straw or a fake straw, the camel is down.
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