Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, a patriotic American worked for the NSA, the spy agency, which meant he had high level security clearance. Ed decided that they are criminals, spying illegally on Americans without warrant, without legal authority, without reason. Ed acted. The American government turned nasty, with every intention of doing a Malicious prosecution. But Bruce Schneier, a highly respected security expert says Ed is right, that the government is the enemy, that we need to act to protect ourselves.

“Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”
In one quote Edward Snowden summed up why our privacy is worth fighting for  


Mr. Snowden saw James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence commit Perjury while 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
Here Alfred McCoy, a professor of history tells us that the NSA is being used to control politicians by blackmailing them. Sounds right to me.
PS 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 contracts."

Instead, Boeing 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 dogfight.

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 told Reuters.

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," Brazilian official 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.

Boeing 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 military aircraft 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: http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/12/17/will_the_us_strongarm_brazil_to_keep_snowden_out#sthash.LW4LTVJr.dpuf

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.[3]

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 PRISM, XKeyscore and Tempora, as well as the interception of US and European telephone metadata. The reports were based on documents Snowden leaked to The Guardian and 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 hero,[4][5][6] a whistleblower,[7][8][9][10] a dissident,[11] a traitor,[12][13] and a patriot.[14][15] 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 them."[16] The disclosures have fueled debates over mass surveillance, government secrecy, and the balance between national security and information privacy.[17] 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 Court.[18]

Snowden is considered a fugitive by American authorities who have charged him with espionage and theft of government property.[19][20] He is currently living in Russia under temporary asylum.


Pardon Snowden, He Blew Whistle on NSA Crimes

January 3rd, 2014


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 even 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 story.

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, thousands 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 undermined 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 national intelligence, lied to Congress when testifying in March.
  • The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court rebuked 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 court.
  • A federal judge ruled 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 terror.

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, told 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


Edward Snowden To Talk About U.S. Government Crime On Thursday [ 26 January 2014 ]
Edward Snowden exposed illegal espionage by the NSA. He proved it, which is why he is going to be at the receiving end of a Malicious prosecution if they can catch him. Fortunately Vladimir Putin is protecting him.


Edward Snowden Interview Blacked Out In America  [ 30 January 2014 ]
Mr. Snowden saw James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence commit Perjury while anonymity was given to American government thugs who threatened him with murder. The NSA is part of the Five Eyes Alliance, which includes GCHQ, criminal organisations, gathering data illegally pointlessly.


Edward Snowden Nominated For A Nobel Peace Prize [ 1 February 2014 ]
This is great; a distinct improvement on the murderers and War Mongers like Obama who have gotten them.


Edward Snowden Smear Job Stepped Up [ 12 February 2014 ]
Edward Snowden
exposed the crimes committed by the American government. Now hey are using the Washington Post and the New York Times; propaganda machines both. But Vladimir Putin is protecting Mr. Snowden from Malicious prosecution, which is another reason why Vlad gets a hostile press in the West.

Director Of National Intelligence Lies Systematically
Clapper is an unscrupulous liar in breach of his oath of office. So are other senior criminals in the NSA.


GCHQ Attacks GCHQ Destroys  [ 25 February 2014 ]
is not merely spying; it is on line, attacking. Spying in England does make sense because Her Majesty's Government is importing enemies by the million with the enthusiastic collusion of Her Allegedly Loyal Opposition. Of course the NSA does precisely the same. Recall that Eliot Spitzer gave Wall Street a hard time, then very suddenly Eliot Spitzer Was Screwed.


Edward Snowden's Moral Courage  [ 25 February 2014 ]
A leftie writes about Moral Courage. He is literate but swallowed the Martin Luther King is a hero story.


Journos In Edward Snowden Story Get Awards  [ 17 February 2014 ]
The Americans have not been back to the Land of the Free because they like being free.


Edward Snowden Joins Twitter & Get A Million Followers In A Day [ 2 October 2015 ]
He says:-
I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public.
NB Vladimir Putin is protecting Edward Snowden against the thugs who run the American government.


Vladimir Putin Will Give Edward Snowden To America Alleges CIA/NSA  [ 11 February 2017 ]
That is their story. Would Vladimir break faith with Edward Snowden, the man who proved that the CIA and other three letter intelligence outfits are criminals? What would the pay off be? Pass.
PS They lied.