The B&R Monday Skim

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: ‘I do not expect to see home again’
Why A 29-Year-Old Contractor Had Access To Government Secrets
NSA Leaker: I Had Authority ‘To Wiretap Anyone’
The Resume of NSA Leaker Edward Snowden: Stunning
Prism: now we’re seeing the dark side of Silicon Valley and its authoritarian geeks
Now a little torn on this guy. Instead of going to the press, why didn’t he go to a congressman or senator? Is arrogance-of-youth at play here (again)?

Edward Snowden has exposed both the ambition and the incompetence of Obama’s security state
Edward Snowden: I mistakenly believed in Obama’s promises
Should high security clearances be given to people who “mistakenly” believe?
NSA Leaker Shopped His Story Around
How the Washington Post Lost the PRISM Exclusive
In case anyone still needs a reminder on why the Obama-loving American media has not broken one scandal
Here are 185 examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.
Some review
FEC records show that Edward Snowden donated to Ron Paul
Don’t get me started again…
China and Hong Kong Hold Edward Snowden’s Fate
He may eventually wish he came back to face OUR music
Data intelligence complex is the real story
Government perpetuating itself
What If China Hacks the NSA’s Massive Data Trove?
What’s to say they haven’t already?
Military told not to read Obama-scandal news
Hmmm, I wonder why…?
Heads of Congress’ intelligence committees defend NSA surveillance
They must be relatively sure no one’s snooping on their shit. Relatively sure…
Benghazi killers still on the lam after 9 months, may have sought to ‘smoke out’ CIA
Whatever the motive, they don’t have to worry about our State Department hassling them
Why Schumer-Rubio is a Fraud – The Nutshell Version
Senate Republican says she’ll back immigration bill
If we don’t start out by treating criminals as criminals first, everyone except the criminals lose
Liberal Pundit: U.S. Has Become an ‘Authoritarian Surveillance State’
Fuck off, Paul. You backed this shit for five years, ridiculing everyone who saw this coming
Two Koreas to Discuss Restoring Economic Ties
And after all of L’il Kim’s nuking everybody-shit talk, that’s it?
Data-Driven Tech Industry Is Shaken by Online Privacy Fears
“NSA free” may be something we start seeing in the very near future
Costs for Obama’s state dinners continue to rise
Sequester-proof
Closing the Wealth Gap With Personal Retirement Accounts
According to plan
Karzai: US Must ‘Explain’ to Muslims Why Radicalism Is Growing Amid War on Terror
Why is it OUR teachable moment?
Boy Scouts’ decision on gays tests loyalty of members
Loyalty is a two-way street
Woman stabs man to death with stiletto heel
Just wait until there’s a call for background checks at Payless…


  • Tallyman

    A follow-up to my prior post. It’s reported, “Gellman (Washington Post reporter) noting in his account that the paper ‘sought the views of government officials about the potential harm to national security prior to publication.’ The Post ultimately decided to publish only four of the 41 slides.” As prior, the Washington Post as a tool of the government sought permission. Snowdon would have encountered the same with any Congressman, including Rand Paul with his subordinates. The government is run by psychopaths, without moral limits. But psychopathy is not collocated with intelligence. Snowdon would have been a fool to stay in the USA and would be jailed with a restraining order against any disclosures and danger of death in custody/prison. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/edward-snowden-nsa-leaker-glenn-greenwald-barton-gellman-92505_Page2.html. Yes, the media is a tool of the government.

  • GoodMojo1

    NSA leaker, Snowden: I’m torn on this twerp too.
    -Why China?
    -What will be the price to his eventual host, for asylum?

    The big 185: A litany of lies, malfeasance, crimes, and treason. Good job, “Paulie”!

    Data Intelligence: Restricting technology = Un-ringing a bell, or closing Pandora’s box.

    My solution: Punish people for the abuse of the technology, and the power achieved.

    The Military kept in the dark? Too late: The best and the brightest already know they are under the command of a bullshit “C-I-C”

    Benghazi killers: Next Obama scandal:

    “Benghazi Killers Enjoy ‘Umbrella Drinks’ and Nail Hookers On Deck Of US Aircraft Carrier”

    (Crew Serves As Hospitality Staff) CO as cabana boy, maybe?

    Schumer – Rubio fraud: The title tells the story. Because if Schumer is involved, it has to be both dishonest, and damaging to America.

    Republican Backing Immigration Bill: I would snicker aat the notion of a “Conservative Republican” from NH, if she didn’t have a knife in our ribs.

    Krugman: The binding resolution that Paul Krugman should Fuck off! has been properly moved and seconded!

    State Dinners: BHO says, Let them eat (Fat-free, sugar-free, taste-free…) cake!”

    Wealth Gap: Star Parker hits a “tape measure” home run, with this one.

    Karrzai: He can fuck off too.

  • Igor

    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: ‘I do not expect to see home again’
    Why A 29-Year-Old Contractor Had Access To Government Secrets
    NSA Leaker: I Had Authority ‘To Wiretap Anyone’
    The Resume of NSA Leaker Edward Snowden: Stunning
    Prism: now we’re seeing the dark side of Silicon Valley and its authoritarian geeks

    Now a little torn on this guy. Instead of going to the press, why
    didn’t he go to a congressman or senator? Is arrogance-of-youth at play
    here (again)?

    I’d be pretty loathe to second-guess him, Bob – he knows insider information you and I (the General Public) will probably or most likely never know. From what little I heard on Glenn Beck radio this morning, he had a “bug-out” plan and went with it.
    Personally, I’d not be enamored of going to a Congresscritter or Senator, they couldn’t keep a secret to save their miserable hides, and aides talk as well. His life span would be measured in days, maybe even hours.
    Not gonna second-guess him.

    I’m not holding out much hope for the BSA.

    That review of Obambi’s record is only a smattering of what the slimebag is responsible for. El Rushbo had the right of it. Nothing in writing to point back to the slimebag-in-chief, just putting like-minded sycophants in positions of power to carry out policies that he wants. Hitler showed the way – you’ll never find documentation on the Holocaust that points directly to him, and you’ll not find any for Ogabe either. Nevertheless, he’s the person responsible. The buck stops with him. He’s the one waving baton even if the others are the ones hitting the wrong notes – he *put* them there.

    Closing the Wealth Gap With Personal Retirement Accounts
    According to plan

    And when the SHTF, the plans will be worth… nothing!!

    • GoodMojo1

      Igor, I am “evolving” on this issue. He definitely risks being added to the “Progressive (Clinton, Clinton, Obama,, etc.) Body Count”.

      However, I do remain concerned in who’s hands Mr. Snowden’s knowledge and skills will end up in.

      • Igor

        …and a very valid concern! 48-hour rule in effect, maybe even 72-hour rule. We shall see who runs their shorts up the flagpole and see who gets splinters…

  • Richard White

    “Loyalty is a two-way street”

    Amen to that! I raised two Scouts — one of whom became an Eagle — and was myself a Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster. I just hope the BSA doesn’t go the way of the Girl Scouts.

    • Igor

      Just wait, the LGBT crowd is not finished with the BSA…

    • VK Tabbert

      Raised two Eagles and was active at all levels of scouting myself. Still mixed on young gay scouts but totally firm on NO gay leaders of any sort! Young boys are still at a confused state depending on their household and if nothing else, they need good male guidance. Saying prayers on this one!

  • Richard White

    “. . . why didn’t he go to a congressman or senator?”

    Which congressman? Which senator. I really like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, but how close do you think he could get to one of these guys? Can’t phone ‘em cause, you know, NSA would be listnin’.

  • Tallyman

    J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI had files on every Congressman and blackmailed them to keep power for decades. NSA had all communications of every Congressman. Snowdon may have foolishly thought the Washington Post and it’s Bernstein and Woodward were reporters, instead of just FBI tools. The Facts: the MSM is a tool of government. The snakes in Congress are angry that their complicity is revealed. Lawyers, inspector generals, judges are tools of the government. Americans are like the deluded idealistic brain-washed-by-their-media prisoners in Stalin’s Gulags, who cried when Stalin died. Saying “if only Stalin knew.” http://www.nytimes.com/1987/03/14/world/if-only-stalin-knew-vain-hopes-in-the-terror.html If only a judge knew. If only, the Supreme Court knew the Constitution was shredded. If only, the Congressional leadership knew. If only the media knew. If only, Barack knew. Take the red pill. Then think.

    Krugman is the economic apologist tool for Barack and Bernanke. His messiah was dealing snake oil.

  • NRPax

    I have mixed feelings about Snowden as well. On the surface, it sounds like he revealed something going on that was very wrong. However, he had access to Ethics officers and lawyers for his company and from the NSA that are available 24/7. I am curious if he even bothered reaching out to them.

    And fleeing the country really doesn’t make him look good.

    • Igor

      I…… really don’t think you appreciate the depth of his problem. This is something you most likely *can’t* go to somebody internally about. I hate to be all cloak-and-dagger about this, but I’m thinking he’s done the best he knows how. Remember, he’s on the inside – or was – and knows the culture and how the NSA would react. It could easily be lock-him-up-and-throw-away-the-key time for him if he went internally on this. And who knows but that he hasn’t tried already? Still and all, you gotta remember who’s in charge right now. AND the culture in DC right now…

      From what I understand, fleeing the country was the only “safe” thing to do. And I meant that both figuratively and literally.

      • NRPax

        As another blog post on this suggested, he could have easily gone to Congress. Heck, Ron Paul would have salivated at having this kind of information delivered to him.

        • Igor

          I disagree. Congress can’t keep secrets well, if at all, and this one is just too big for any staffer to keep their mouths shut. It *would* leak out, only slightly slower. And be subject to misinformation from Those In the Know.