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Edward Snowden, who leaked the two NSA snooping programs, is now a hunted man and is in hiding in Hong Kong. He hoped to start the conversation about our privacy rights which the government appears to be abusing. Snowden believes the government is dismantling our Constitution.
In the matters of NSA, Congress does not have informed oversight and the FISA court has approved almost 100% of the government’s requests. Only 11 out of 38,000 were rejected.
The NSA can do whatever they want.
We need a dialogue but it is not going to happen.
Carney said he cannot talk about an active case which is the standard line he uses to douse water on the flames. When asked about having the debate, Carney answered coyly, “I don’t have anything to preview,” he said, adding that the president’s major national security speech May 23, before the N.S.A. disclosures, showed “his interest in having the debate and the legitimacy of asking probing questions about these matters.”
In order for the debate to begin, the president would have to declassify and disclose some things but he isn’t doing any of that. All information will be kept secret to prevent discussion.
There was bipartisan support for both snooping programs and they had recently renewed the programs for five years. It is not likely there will be a congressional push for the debate on the extent of government snooping.
“The Democrats want to support Obama, and the Republicans supported FISA expansion,” said Peter Swire, an expert on privacy at Ohio State University, referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. “Both parties face internal tensions on this issue.”
It will be similar to the drone program which the administration denied even existed for years. Robert Gibbs, speaking as a contributor on a cable talk show after he left the White House, talked about having to say the drone program didn’t exist when everyone knew it did. This will go the same route.
The US is making certain that our cyberprograms comply with International Law but “it won’t say what ours are,” says James A. Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
We are all globalists now. Sovereignty is slipping away.
Mr. Lewis says the cyberweapons program was over classified. They classify their lunch menu.
Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress and on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will not discuss the programs and they will not hold the debate. The only objections are coming from the liberal Democrats and Libertarian Republicans. No one who knows about the programs will talk about it.
The public seems resigned to having their privacy rights abused, based on what, it is hard to say. It doesn’t seem that trust enters into this since Congress has an 11% approval rating and after the IRS, Rosen, AP, and Benghazi scandals, it doesn’t appear that trust in the government in general is at an all-time high.
The government won’t speak and the public seems apathetic. Snowden will be painted a traitor whether he is or not. The 1 million acre spy center in Utah has a wing just for spying on Americans but no one cares.
There will be no dialogue, nothing to see here, move on.
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