Police state: Which vital secret did Edward Snowden reveal?

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According to Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairman of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Edward Snowden is a traitor. He committed treason. He should be found and extradited.

House Speaker John Boehner said, “He’s a traitor. The disclosure of this information puts Americans at risk. It shows our adversaries what our capabilities are. And it’s a giant violation of the law.”

The full weight of the United States of America’s monster security system is being employed to find and punish Snowden. So I am curious about one small detail: Exactly which vital secret did this “traitor” reveal?

Surely, it must be a very big, very damaging secret, to crank up the outrage expressed on both sides of the aisle.

Here is what the National Memo had to say.

Fourth Amendment Purists Are Living In A Dream World
June 12th, 2013, Gene Lyons

Where has everybody been since 2006, when USA Today first revealed the existence of large scale NSA telephone data mining? That was objectionable in two big ways: the Bush White House acted unilaterally, without the court supervision required by law, and it was also indulging in warrantless wiretaps.

Congress fixed that in 2008, permitting statistical analysis of telephone traffic, but requiring both ongoing FISA Court oversight and search warrants for actual eavesdropping.

After his customary tap-dancing, Sen. Barack Obama supported the bill. Hearing no announcement that the Obama White House had canceled the program, a person would have to be awfully naïve to imagine NSA had gone out of business.


Way back in 2006, USA Today revealed the existence of large scale NSA telephone data mining? And in 2008, Congress, permitted statistical analysis of telephone traffic?

And now Snowden has “revealed” exactly the same thing?

Three questions:
1. Was USA Today traitorous in 2006, and if so, how was it prosecuted?
2. How was Bush’s lawbreaking punished?
2. What damaging information — information our enemies didn’t know back in 2006 — have our enemies now have learned from Snowden?

Perhaps, there will be other shoes dropping. Perhaps, the real fear is that Snowden may in the future, reveal something of note.

But, could the problem be something else, not concerns about what our enemies might learn, but concerns about what we Americans might learn?

At least, that was the concern with Daniel Ellsberg of the famous “Pentagon Papers” story:

Ellsberg: No leaks more significant than Snowden’s

In 1971, Ellsberg passed the secret Defense Department study of U.S. involvement in Vietnam to The New York Times and other newspapers. The 7,000 pages showed that the U.S. government repeatedly misled the public about the war.

And compare Snowden with Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier whom the U.S. government has illegally been torturing before for weeks in advance of his kangaroo court trial.

Washington Post
Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and the risk of the low-level, tech-savvy leaker

The records released by Snow­den are fewer in number but more sensitive and of higher levels of classification than the U.S. diplomatic cables and military reports Manning sent to WikiLeaks after he downloaded them while serving in Iraq.

Snowden has indicated that he sought to be more responsible, withholding records that might put U.S. intelligence operatives in jeopardy, unlike Manning, who is accused of turning over thousands of pages, some of which contained the names of informants.

We’re early in the investigation, but several questions come to mind:

1. Exactly what secrets have been revealed and exactly what damage has been done?

2. Given that somewhere between 30,000 and 200,000 people work in the U.S. intelligence community, how many are morally repulsed by government actions, i.e., how secure are our secrets?

3. Who is the greater traitor, someone who has divulged spying secrets, or someone complicit in destroying millions of Americans’ lives, by withholding the funds necessary to cure the recession, reduce unemployment, provide health care, provide retirement, end student debt, conduct medical research, improve the infrastructure, improve education and on and on and on?

(This last was a question for Barack Obama and John Boehner)

Maybe Snowden has revealed information that will give our enemies (whomever they are) an ability to hurt America they didn’t have before. It would be interesting to know.

Or maybe Snowden turned over a rock, and out crawled a whole bunch of dirty secrets, the government wanted to withhold from the American public.

Two things are highly probable: Snowden will pay heavily for his idealism. And, we never will learn the truth.

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7 thoughts on “Police state: Which vital secret did Edward Snowden reveal?

  1. Secrecy, secrecy, secrecy. The government does not want you to know.

    NSA Secrecy Prompts a Pushback
    By Evan Perez | The Wall Street Journal

    The secrecy shrouding the National Security Agency’s collection of electronic data is coming under attack.

    Google Inc. asked the U.S. government for permission to publicly report on the volume and scope of secret federal court orders that require it to hand over information about its users to federal authorities.

    Internet-content companies had received secret requests under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act relating to the activities of some users.

    Twitter’s general counsel, Alex Macgillivray, [said] he “completely agree[s]” with Google in trying to get “more…transparency” over government requests for data.

    Facebook Inc.’s general counsel, Ted Ullyot, would like to disclose information about government requests for information about users.

    The ACLU filed [a] suit, in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, alleging the NSA violated the ACLU’s constitutional rights, citing the Obama administration’s acknowledgement of a secret court order that allows it to collect information about calls made by customers of Verizon Communications Inc.

    Jameel Jaffer, ACLU’s deputy legal director, [said]. “It is the equivalent of requiring every American to file a daily report with the government of every location they visited, every person they talked to on the phone, the time of each call, and the length of every conversation.”

    Of course, not everyone objects to keeping secrets from the Ameican public:

    The challenge to the secrecy surrounding the NSA’s activities stands in contrast to the reaction in Washington, where forces including the White House and senior members of both parties in Congress have rallied behind the status quo.

    Government secrecy and intrusions into your privacy are just fine . . . with the government.


  2. Wow Rodger you wrote a column saying exactly what I have been saying!

    Nothing frustrates me more than the mainstream media not reminding the masses whose memory is like a sieve, that AT&T was already caught with a fiber optic splitter in their network that was connected directly to the NSA computers.

    The masses also needed to be reminded what happened when AT&T got sued for that, when the court used the state secrets excuse to avoid criminal prosecution and the Congress wrote a law absolving them from civil damages.

    I am no fan of Obama, but the idea that Republicans screaming that he needs to be impeached for doing this with a FISA warrant, while Bush was a “hero protecting us” when he did this without a FISA warrant, is simply INSANE!


  3. The “war on terrorism” cannot be won. There always will be people who hate the U.S. So, every day, the government will “have to” create some new restriction on our freedoms, justified by this never-ending war.

    Today, the government tracks your Emails.
    Tomorrow, the government reads your Emails.
    The next day, the government reads your snail mail.
    The next day, the government censors your snail mail.
    The next day, the government plants listening devices in your office.
    The next day, the government plants listening devices in your home.
    The next day, the government bans criticism.
    The next day, the government bans trials for accused critics.

    Where does it end? It doesn’t. Each step is justified by “National Security.” Each day the populace approves it, because “I have nothing to hide.”

    And that is how all dictatorships are built — step by step, with the acceptance of the populace.


  4. The police state knows even more: Police Agencies Are Assembling Records of DNA

    These local databases operate under their own rules, providing the police much more leeway than state and federal regulations. And the police sometimes collect samples from far more than those convicted of or arrested for serious offenses — in some cases, innocent victims of crimes who do not necessarily realize their DNA will be saved for future searches.


  5. The police state beat goes on:


    Breaking News

    Washington pushed EU to dilute data protection

    The Obama administration successfully lobbied the European Commission to strip its data-privacy legislation of a measure that would have limited the ability of US intelligence agencies to spy on EU citizens, according to three senior EU officials.

    The measure – which was known within the EU as the “anti-Fisa clause”, after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that authorises the US government to eavesdrop on international phone calls and emails – would have nullified any US request for technology and telecoms companies to hand over data on EU citizens, according to documents obtained by the Financial Times.



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