SNOWDEN NOW ACCUSED OF WORKING WITH THE RUSSIANS? ANOTHER CYA REPORT BY THE GOVERNMENT, BUT REP. RODGER’S MAKES A SALIENT POINT.

 

MIKE RODGERS (R-MICH

MIKE RODGERS (R-MICH

 

MIKE ROGERS MAKES A SALIENT POINT IN HIS DENUCIATION OF EDWARD SNOWDEN ON MEET THE PRESS AND FACE THE NATION

 

 

 

Representative Mike Rodgers (Mich.) of the House Intelligence Committee has accused Snowden  on  the network shows, Face the Nation and Meet The Press of receiving help from the Russians based on the fact that he was granted asylum in Russia and that he now must be in the “the loving arms of an FSB(Russian CIA) agent.” This is all based on his extrapolation of the nature and type of files he downloaded which he contends was not within Snowdens capabilities. See snowden-no-random-smash-and-grab .

A PBS report  by Tom Gjelten on September 19, 2013, describes Snowden’s job duties as follows:

“According to the officials, the documents leaked — the memoranda, PowerPoint slides, agency reports, court orders and opinions — had all been stored in a file-sharing location on the NSA’s intranet site. The documents were put there so NSA analysts and officials could read them online and discuss them. revelations

“Unfortunately for us,” one official said, “if you had a top secret SCI [sensitive compartmented information] clearance, you got access to that.”

The importance of such information-sharing procedures was one of the lessons of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies were unable to “connect the dots” before the attacks because they were not always aware of what other agencies knew.

As a systems administrator, Snowden actually had the responsibility to go to the NSA intranet site and move especially sensitive documents to a more secure location. The assignment was the perfect cover for someone who wanted to leak documents.

“It’s kind of brilliant, if you’re him,” an official said. “His job was to do what he did. He wasn’t a ghost. He wasn’t that clever. He did his job. He was observed [moving documents], but it was his job.”

Rogers statement  conflicts with what was told to the PBS reporter about Snowden’s access to the information leaked. Rogers seems to be continuing the government disinformation campaign against Snowden. There is no evidence he even thought about Russia or was in contact with them before he was forced to go there after the Chinese denied him asylum and he received help and advice from the British team advising Julian Assange. If he is in Russia it is because it was the only reachable place to get asylum after he was marooned in the Moscow airport.

However Rodgers’s did point out that if Snowden’s point was to expose NSA’s spying on everyday Americans  why did he download so much data, much of it revealing NSA’s operations around the World against friend and foe alike. revelations

It could not have been for a bargaining chip for amnesty with the government because he says he released it all to three reporters early on. OR DID HE?

Rogers is on the oversight committee that allowed the NSA surveillance activities that President Obama has stated have gone too far and need to be modified.

So one wonders why the NSA program was allowed to go so far if Congressman Rogers and his committee  was not asleep at the wheel.

The facts that are coming out indicate there really was no meaningful oversight of NSA,  not by FISA, the Senate Intelligence Committee, Rep. Roger’s committee or any one else. They turned out to be a bunch of yes men and women.

In the past NSA  could not be sued in court because the case would be dismissed on national security grounds. It is only because of the Snowden revelations that  two recent cases dealing with the Constitutional issues raised by the NSA’s vast  data  gathering programs have survived and been allowed to proceed to a verdict in open court. One in favor of NSA and one against.  ACLU v. ClapperKlayman v. Obama.

 

Whistle blowers in the past have all tried to go through the channels in place for notifying the authorities of government irregularities and failed usually at the expense of their careers or even criminal prosecution. Snowden knew this as probably every other  person  who saw government illegalities and kept quiet for fear of retribution. Perhaps if the government had made a point of protecting Whistle Blowers who followed the rules instead of denigrating and ostracising them  these leaks by idealists would  stop.

Instead of pointing the finger after the horse is gone from the barn Rogers should be investigating how such an event could occur. They still don’t know how Snowden got the information out or how much he has taken. Thus NSA with all its alleged capabilities missed a huge, sensitive, data, internal transfer of millions of pages of documents it was gathering illegally and for which it was  responsible.

Whatever Snowden’s plan is we will have a debate and probably a Supreme Court decision as to what the power of the government is to  intrude  in innocent people’s private lives and maybe even the limits of commercial data gathering . If nothing else his leak has created a positive dialogue. Remember privacy is dignity.

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