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Bryan Preston


June 14, 2013 - 8:52 am

Ten years ago, NSA leaker/dropout/fabulist/fillintheblanks Edward Snowden promised to take action against government surveillance.

“I can’t hope to change the way things are going by overtly complaining, writing letters, or blowing things up,” Snowden wrote in 2003 in response to a discussion about corporate greed on the Ars Technica online forum.

“That’s not the way a good person does things. I will, however, do what I can with the tools that are available to me.”

In 2003, Snowden would have been 19 years old. Not yet the security guard turned NSA spy we know today. Back then, he was an online commentator with a mission.

According to sources briefed on the matter, Snowden was employed by an unidentified classified agency in Washington from 2005 to mid-2006, by the CIA from 2006 to 2009, when he primarily worked overseas, and by Dell Inc from 2009 to 2013, when he worked in the United States and Japan as an NSA contractor.

He was also a prolific commentator on technology forum Ars Technica, posting approximately 750 messages using the screen name “The True HOOHA” from late 2001 to 2012.

Chances are, Snowden was using the Urban Dictionary’s second definition of his chosen nickname, which is off-color and comes with a language warning. It fits the sexy geek chic beast image he cultivated online.

Most of the postings were not political in nature: he dispensed advice about government careers, polygraphs and the 2008 stock market crash. He claimed to own the same gun as James Bond and posted glamour photos of himself. He jokingly compared the video console Xbox Live to NSA surveillance.

Obvious question: Given the fact that the surveillance state missed Nidal Hasan’s contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, missed the Tsarneavs, can’t seem to defend congressional offices from illegal aliens, and missed The True HOOHA’s one-man campaign to rip the surveillance state down, just how effective is the surveillance state?

I mean, if we’re going to have an expensive, intrusive surveillance state that shreds the Fourth Amendment, shouldn’t its surveillance at least accomplish something worthwhile?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"Obvious question: Given the fact that the surveillance state missed Nidal Hasan’s contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, missed the Tsarneavs, can’t seem to defend congressional offices from illegal aliens, and missed The True HOOHA’s one-man campaign to rip the surveillance state down, just how effective is the surveillance state?" Careful Preston you keep asking q's like that you might wander into Mike Savage territory -- or Sybil Edmonds crimethink that certain Islamists are useful to those in power...
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Dude's got game. Excessive confidence aka swag. Haters gonna keep on hating. Preston are you getting dialed back too? Got to engage in some Two Minutes Hates cuz the Man is coming down on PJM to fall back into line?

Remember the slogan of the Tatler since January 2013 (not prior when Preston worked for the TX GOP with Crazy Old Uncle Ron) -- when in doubt, blame Ron Paul.
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What makes you think it hasn't accomplished something? Ignoring issues of what's worth while, I still think the Chief Justice rewrote the Affordable Health Care Act because they caught him dialing for dollars with Trixie at Tender Loving Massage.
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OOps! Liar, Liar pants on fire! These We The Elite People of culture of corruption in all of Washington DC are phony liars...Snowden merely revealed a FACT We The People all knew about, to wit:
This “snooping” into all of Americans’ communications began back in the “cold war” days. A contractor, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., also where the headquarters of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. is located, during G.H.W. Bush’s administration, was tasked with intercepting ALL private and commercial communications. O ne must recall, G.H.W. Bush was once in charge of the CIA for many years.To “get around the Constitution and laws,” a witness said, “they based the program out of another country, England.”“They routed it back to the NSA building, which was 14 stories below the ground!” Now isn't THAT special!!!
The European Parliament published a report of its investigation of Echelon in 2001, describing it as “a global system for the interception of private and commercial communications.”
It was originally created to monitor the military and diplomatic communi-cations of the Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies during the Cold War in the early 1960s.
Echelon was capable of interception and content inspection of telephone calls, fax, email and other data traffic globally. Get it? EVERYTHING!
Former Lockheed Martin employee Margaret Newsham exposed her work with Echelon in top-secret hearings in Congress in 1988 and to a journalist in 1999. She worked for Lockheed from 1974 to 1984, mostly in Sunnyvale, but was based in 1977 at the largest listening post in the world, RAF base Menwith Hill in Yorkshire, England.
She designed programs for Echelon’s global surveillance network.
“As early as 1979 we could track a specific person and zoom in on his phone conversation while he was communicating,” Newsham said. “Since our satellites could in 1984, film a postage stamp lying on the ground, it is almost impossible to imagine how all-encompassing the system must be today.”
Another witness went on to state, “ Echelon analysts used a computer program capable of scanning all communications for specific key words.” “They were listening to everything,” he said. ” … They know what everybody does.” This witness went on to say his company “built satellites over there able to read the data on a dime.”
Is there proof of this actually having happened and is happening right this minute? Sorry, YES! Bloomberg TV and media outlets reported, its sources confirmed, that thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies were exchanging “sensitive information” for “benefits” from the government. Now, add to this "data mining flow" all newly minted Technology giants...imagine what's REALLY goin' on.
Bloomberg’s four sources said Internet and telecommunications companies work with the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the military to “data mine” all communications of every type in all the USA of all Americans.
This has morphed from Echelon, to Thin Thread, then Trail Blazer and now the latest incarnation PRISM. Pray. Amen. Feel safer now? And these Congressional phonies are upset???They knew about this all along. HAH! Bunch o lying SOB's!!! Snoop on this!!! Join a Tea Party! Protect Our Constitution.
Let's see if We The People understand this...he's scapegoat for:
G.H.W. Bush
Lockheed Martin Space Sys Co.
European Parliament
Soviet Union
Eastern Bloc US allies
Margaret newsham
1988 US Congress
1999 journalist
RAF base at Menwith Hall, Yorkshire, U.K.
Bloomberg TV and media empire
All US corporations & Tech companies
everyone of these (and all contractors) knew about ECHELON, THIN THREAD, TRAILBLAZER AND NOW PRISM. Snowden is the "fall guy?????" c,mon sheeple...the boat was sinking before snowden was even born...Wake-up
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