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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The New American Crime: Integrity

 
Edward Snowden, America's most-wanted whistle-blower
The US Government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me.”
Edward Snowden’s Crimes against the U.S. Government:
#1. “I pointed out where the NSA has hacked civilian infrastructure such as universities, hospitals, and private businesses because it is dangerous.” 
#2. Exposed that: “When NSA makes a technical mistake during an exploitation operation, critical systems crash. Congress hasn't declared war on the countries—the majority of them are our allies—but without asking for public permission, NSA is running network operations against them that affect millions of innocent people.” 
#3. "I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest," Snowden said in his original interview. "There are all sorts of documents that would have made a big impact that I didn't turn over, because harming people isn't my goal. Transparency is."
#4. Exposed that: "The reality is this: if an NSA, FBI, CIA, DIA, etc analyst has access to query raw SIGINT databases, they can enter and get results for anything they want. Phone number, email, user id, cell phone handset id (IMEI), and so on—it's all the same,"
#5.   Exposed that: "Americans’ communications are collected and viewed on a daily basis on the certification of an analyst rather than a warrant. They excuse this as 'incidental' collection, but at the end of the day, someone at NSA still has the content of your communications"
#6. Posed the question to us all: Journalists should ask a specific question: since these programs began operation shortly after September 11th, how many terrorist attacks were prevented SOLELY by information derived from this suspicionless surveillance that could not be gained via any other source? Then ask how many individual communications were ingested to achieve that, and ask yourself if it was worth it. Bathtub falls and police officers kill more Americans than terrorism, yet we've been asked to sacrifice our most sacred rights for fear of falling victim to it.
#7. His reward for his capital “crimes”: "Initially I was very encouraged. Unfortunately, the mainstream media now seems far more interested in what I said when I was 17 or what my girlfriend looks like rather than, say, the largest program of suspicion less surveillance in human history."
WOULDN'T IT BE NICE IF OUR AMERICAN PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, BRINGER OF SOCIAL CHANGE, POLITICAL REFORM, AND GOVERNMENTAL TRANSPERANCY HAD THE SAME CRIMINAL INTEGRITY THAT EDWARD SNOWDEN HAS!#socialhysteria