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In Snoops We Trust?

June 13, 2013

Former CIA employee Ed Snowden has run afoul of our corporate masters by leaking to the Guardian the fact that the National Security Agency has received from Verizon 3-month’s worth of numbers, time, and duration of calls.

Larry Klayman, former chair of Judicial Watch, has brought suit in the District of Columbia Federal District Court against Pres. Obama and other govt actors for this violation of the 4th Amendment prohibition of unlawful searches and seizures. Sen. Rand Paul, who is surprisingly more often right than the proverbial broken clock, is requesting the help of telecom companies to mobilize citizens in a class-action suit on the same violation.

The reaction of the military-industrial-security-police complex is predictable. On today’s NPR Talk of the Nation, former CIA director Jas. Woolsey’s comments added up to “Snowden is arrogant and needs to be jailed, and we should all trust the national security establishment.”

Former CIA director Michael Hayden’s assurances that civil liberties are protected while terrorists are foiled are even more comic. Hayden scrapped ThinThread, an effective CIA-designed surveillance program with protections of privacy, for Trailblazer, a corporate product in which he had a financial interest. Since Trailblazer ultimately failed, our surveillance capability before 9-11 was critically weakened. It’s criminally ironic that Hayden is now a media guru on terrorism, while the govt employees who exposed his incompetence and corruption have lost their jobs and narrowly escaped prosecution.

Woolsey suggested that more surveillance of telecom would have prevented the 9-11 attacks. If so, Hayden effectively sabotaged that. The film 9-11: Press for Truth, on the other hand, suggests that the Bush administration had all the information needed to predict a large terrorist attack within the U. S. in late summer 2001, but for unexplained reasons, chose only to protect key govt officials.

Woolsey’s criticism of Snowden as arrogant in blowing the whistle on the NSA’s latest domestic spying seems to be classic psychological projection. Woolsey says, “Trust us; we know better than you.” That’s a tall order given the bungling, or worse, by his colleagues which led to 9-11 and the campaign of deception which led to our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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