saw James Clapper,
Director of National Intelligence commit
anonymity was given to American government thugs who want to
murder him. The NSA is part of the
Five Eyes Alliance,
which includes GCHQ, another criminal organisation,
gathering data illegally and overwhelmingly without any point. The interview
is well worth watching.
Surveillance And Scandal
Alfred McCoy, a professor of history tells us that the
NSA is being used to control politicians by
blackmailing them. Sounds right to me.
The CIA tried to murder him for telling the truth. See the
Politics of Heroin on the point.
Will The American Government Strong-arm Brazil To Keep Snowden Out?
NSA Crimes Cost Boeing $4 Billion Contract
This is good news. Crime
didn't pay off.
NSA Costs Big Time
"About $4 billion. That's how much Edward Snowden
just cost defense contractor Boeing.
After a lengthy
courtship with the Brazilian government, Boeing looked set to sell 36
F-18 fighter jets to the Brazilian Air Force. The value of that contract was
said to be about $4 billion, a figure that would only have increased once
maintenance costs and other purchases were taken into account. But the deal
was potentially much larger than that, the F-18 sale was a way for Boeing to
get its foot in the door with a friendly military looking to expand and grow
its clout. Reuters
called the deal "one of the developing world's most sought-after defense
lost out to Swedish defense contractor Saab and its Gripen NG fighter
jet. It might mark the first time a Gripen will ever beat a Hornet in a
But if Boeing is looking for a fall-guy, look no further than Snowden.
While Brazilian officials
claim in public that the decision to award the contract to the Swedes
had mainly to do with Gripen's lower price and Saab's willingness to
transfer technology to Brazilian firms, in private they concede that
revelations about U.S. intelligence gathering in Brazil made it all but
impossible for Brazil to buy an American fighter jet. "The NSA problem
ruined it for the Americans," a source in the Brazilian government
Price was undoubtedly a factor in the Brazilian decision to accept Saab's
offer. The Gripen -- Swedish for "griffin" -- is on the cheap end of
fourth-generation fighters, a claim Saab trumpets,
calling it the cheapest advanced fighter jet on the market when factoring in
operational and logistical costs. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has
come under fire this year for the huge infrastructure projects her
government has embarked on in preparation for the World Cup next year and
the Olympics in 2016, so it's possible her government was reluctant to
spring for the more expensive U.S. fighter jets.
But had it not been for the Snowden revelations, Brazil would probably
have tapped Boeing for the project. Vice President Joe Biden
visited Brazil in June and lobbied on Boeing's behalf, leading most
observers to conclude that the Chicago-based aerospace firm had the deal all
but wrapped up. "If it's Boeing, Biden will deserve much of the credit,"
told Reuters at the time.
But then came the revelations that the NSA intelligence-gathering
operation had gone so far as to
intercept messages between Rousseff and her aides, in addition to spying
on Brazilian oil giant Petrobras. Those revelations touched off a political
firestorm in Brazil, leading Rousseff to cancel a state visit to Washington,
and to champion an effort at the U.N. to codify privacy rights.
said in a statement that they were disappointed with the decision, but
that's obviously an understatement. The company had opened up a huge
corporate office there and had hired a former U.S. ambassador to Brazil as
its point-person in the country. It reported last quarter that revenue from
was down 5 percent to $3.5 billion, though the company noted a
surprising 12 percent profit jump. With defense budgets in the United States
shrinking, a major contract in the developing world and a foothold in a
promising market would surely have been welcome.
But, instead, the Brazilians went with the Swedes' bargain-bin fighter.
In Stockholm, they will be toasting to Snowden tonight.
Meanwhile, the Snowden effect continues to rack up victims.
- See more at:
Edward Snowden ex Wiki
Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American computer
specialist, a former
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former
National Security Agency (NSA)
contractor who disclosed
classified NSA documents to several media outlets, initiating the
NSA leaks, which reveal operational details of a
global surveillance apparatus run by the NSA, its
Five Eyes partners, and numerous commercial and international partners.
Snowden's release of classified material was called the most significant leak
in US history by
Pentagon Papers leaker
Daniel Ellsberg. A
series of exposés beginning June 5, 2013 revealed Internet surveillance
programs such as
well as the interception of US and European telephone
The reports were based on documents Snowden leaked to
The Washington Post while employed by NSA contractor
Booz Allen Hamilton. By November 2013, The Guardian had published one
percent of the documents, with "the worst yet to come".
A subject of controversy, Snowden has been variously called a
and a patriot.
According to Snowden, his "sole motive" for leaking the documents was "to inform
the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against
The disclosures have fueled debates over
government secrecy, and the balance between
national security and
Seven months after the NSA revelations began, Snowden declared his mission
accomplished, citing the international debate sparked by his leaks.
A federal judge in December 2013 ruled that the government had "almost
certainly" violated the US Constitution by collecting metadata on nearly every
phone call within or to the United States. Ten days later, a different federal
judge ruled the surveillance program was legal, raising the likelihood that the
constitutionality of the program would ultimately be decided by the Supreme
Snowden is considered a
by American authorities who have charged him with
espionage and theft of government property.
He is currently living in Russia under temporary
Pardon Snowden, He Blew Whistle on NSA Crimes
Ed Snowden has been demonised by some on the right as a “traitor“.
Those on the right don’t as a rule put their trust in governments
and Snowden is a patriotic, freedom loving libertarian, not a
Russian or Chinese dupe, as some conservatives seem to believe. (He
donated $250 to Ron Paul’s election campaign.) His motivation
was ideological and principled – it has cost him his personal
freedom and his career. People who Guido would normally expect to
side with the cause of liberty have focused on the medium not the
message – because it was Alan Rusbridger’s Guardian that
broke the story they have got their backs up.
Whatever right-minded people think
of the Guardian, it was disgraceful to hear Rusbridger’s patriotism
questioned by a Select Committee over him publishing the Snowden
Ed Snowden was as the
New York Times argued yesterday clearly justified in
believing that the only way to blow the whistle on the blanket
intelligence-gathering was to “expose it to the public and let
the resulting furor do the work“, revealing what his bosses
covered-up and lied to Congress about. Beyond the mass collection of
phone and internet data Snowden revealed:
- The NSA (aided and abetted by GCHQ) broke the law, and
exceeded their authority,
of times per year.
- The NSA (aided and abetted by GCHQ)broke
into the communications links of Microsoft, Google, Yahoo,
Facebook and other internet giants, allowing it to spy on
hundreds of millions of user accounts. Many of those companies
are now, thankfully, scrambling to install systems that the NSA
cannot yet penetrate.
- The NSA systematically
the basic encryption systems of the internet, making it
impossible to know if sensitive banking or medical data is truly
private, damaging businesses that depended on this trust.
Ironically this opened back doors that could also be used by
hostile intelligence agencies.
- His leaks revealed that James Clapper Jr., the director of
to Congress when testifying in March.
- The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
the N.S.A. for repeatedly providing misleading information
about its surveillance practices, according to a ruling made
public because of the Snowden documents. One of the practices
violated the Constitution, according to the chief judge of the
- A federal judge
earlier this month that the phone-records-collection program
probably violates the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution.
He called the programme “almost Orwellian” and said
there was no evidence that it stopped any imminent act of
When someone reveals that government officials have routinely and
deliberately broken the law, that person should not face life in
prison at the hands of the same government. Rick Ledgett, who leads
the NSA’s task force on the Snowden leaks,
CBS News that he would consider amnesty if Snowden halted any
additional leaks. President Obama
should do just that, bring Snowden home. He is a hero.
Hat-tip: New York Times