Update: There are some who question our contention that Snowden should have released his information to the American voter before the 2012 election. We respond in this comment HERE and in subsequent remarks in the comments section of this article.
We are really tired and disgusted with the “look! a squirrel” crowd. This morning (at 3:11 a.m.) Mickey Kaus shouted “look! a squirrel” and proved how stupid this “squirrel” stupidity is.
Kaus wrote “the NSA Squirrel” to argue that this latest Obama scandal NSA version is a distraction concocted by the White House to sneak through immigration reform. An astute comment to the Kaus “squirrel” foolishness deserves attention and publishing every time someone shouts “Look! a squirrel”:
“Exactly. Mickey’s concern is the immigration bill, so the NSA scandal seems like a distraction, and so it looks like it may have been exposed as a distraction. Similarly, some people who think Benghazi is the biggest scandal think the NSA and IRS scandals are happening to distract people from Benghazi.
But containing a wildfire with a backfire makes no sense if the backfire is bigger than the wildfire and burns out of control. Many people are willing to see Benghazi as just a tragic but distant screwup, but everybody deals with the IRS and expects it to be apolitical, and everybody resents being snooped on by the NSA. Sure, the NSA scandal takes the focus off the immigration bill, but the cumulative weight of these scandals makes the administration look some combination of incompetent and evil, which lessens support for anything the administration wants.”
That is exactly correct. We also applaud the writer for recognizing that you can be “incompetent and evil” at the same time. That’s why we call Barack Obama a “treacherous Boob“. We recognize that “Obama cannot be trusted” but that also Obama is a clown constantly stepping on his big feet, or over his Dumbo sized floppy ears. Barack Obama is a treacherous Boob and these Hydra scandals are not “squirrels”.
The utter stupidity of the “squirrel” hunters generally and Kaus when he is squirrel hunting in particular came late today as the “leaker” of the NSA scandal uncloaked himself in an interview with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras.
The NSA leaker is Edward Snowden and this is not an Obama “squirrel” operation. No doubt certain “squirrel” hunters will now say this is truly a super secret cover operation, an even more super clever Obama “uber-squirrel” three dimensional chess operation, and somehow link Hong Kong to this new brilliant Barack Obama genius ploy. Sorry we ain’t buying that sack of nuts to feed to the squirrels we see in the park.
The “squirrel” hunters are fools. The eruption of scandals such as the NSA one is not a squirrel army unleashed by the White House to hide something else even more gruesome – even as we are sure there are many more Obama White House Horrors to disclose:
“Edward Snowden: I mistakenly believed in Obama’s promises
Edward Snowden, the self-revealed whistle-blower at the National Security Agency, explains that part of the reason he decided to come forward was because President Obama did not roll back the surveillance measures put into place by the Bush Administration.
“A lot of people in 2008 voted for Obama. I did not vote for him. I voted for a third party,” Snowden said in an interview with the Guardian. “But I believed in Obama’s promises. I was going to disclose it [but waited because of his election]. He continued with the policies of his predecessor.”
Snowden acknowledged that he watched Obama struggle as he attempted to justify the surveillance programs during his press conference on Friday.
“My immediate reaction was he was having difficulty in defending it himself,” Snowden said about Obama. “He was trying to defend the unjustifiable and he knew it.”
Snowden referred to a “grassroots movement” planning to take to the streets on July 4 in defense of the Fourth Amendment. The movement is called “Restore The Fourth Amendment,” and grew out of the Reddit community.
“I have been surprised and pleased to see the public has reacted so strongly in defence of these rights that are being suppressed in the name of security,” Snowden said in the interview.”
Follow our thinking while we explain why we are pleased Snowden released the information he gave to the Guardian but Snowden is NOT A HERO.
Snowden contributed and voted for Ron Paul for president. That Reddit “community” is chock full of nuts in love with Barack Obama and the Occupy Wall Street loons. That’s all fine. We believe in broad coalitions on issues like this and we encourage a strong response against what the American government is up to in this PRISM corruption. Indeed we previously wrote:
“On civil liberties, freedom, liberty, and the Constitution things just got a whole lot worse. The latest scandals are dangerous and worthy of revolutionary uprising.”
We get it. Snowden did good when he released this type of information. We also appreciate that he understands that the hammer is going to come down on his head and he is willing to pay the price for his act of civil disobedience. We worry for the family and friends he cares about but that through his actions he has exposed to danger.
We get it. But Snowden must be condemned for the most disgusting quote of the many disgusting quotes of the day which include those from Obama supporters who now defend Obama even as they condemned George W. Bush for doing less of the same types of outrages.
Listen to this phony who says he wanted to start a discussion on the issues he cares about:
Glenn Beck and Daniel Ellsberg are hailing Snowden as a “real hero”, the “hero” they have each “been waiting for”:
“I think I have just read about the man for which I have waited.Earmarks of a real hero. guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun…
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) June 9, 2013
I was just with Dan Ellsberg as he learned out about Edward Snowden. He called Snowden a hero, said he’s been waiting for him for 40 years.
— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) June 9, 2013
We don’t think Edward Snowden is a hero. Snowden says that he released the NSA information because:
“When you’re in positions of privileged access like a systems administrator for the sort of intelligence community agencies, you’re exposed to a lot more information on a broader scale then the average employee and because of that you see things that may be disturbing but over the course of a normal person’s career you’d only see one or two of these instances. When you see everything you see them on a more frequent basis and you recognize that some of these things are actually abuses. And when you talk to people about them in a place like this where this is the normal state of business people tend not to take them very seriously and move on from them.”
“But over time that awareness of wrongdoing sort of builds up and you feel compelled to talk about. And the more you talk about the more you’re ignored. The more you’re told its not a problem until eventually you realize that these things need to be determined by the public and not by somebody who was simply hired by the government.“
Daniel Ellsberg when he released the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times stated that there is a mindset in elite institutions dealing with intelligence matters that they know more than the general public and are wiser than the general public. Ellsberg stated that at some point however he realized this elitism was wrong and that the public needed to know what was happening. Ellsberg quoted the great Declaration as his motivation, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
So we find ourselves today, applauding Snowden for releasing the PRISM information but angry at him for his elite world view. Snowden could have released all his information in 2012 during the election and had the public discussion he now says he wants. But he sought to protect Barack Obama first.
Snowden held back the truth because he thought he knew better than the American people. We doubt that he withheld this information in order to see if Mitt Romney would win. Snowden chose to protect Barack Obama instead of telling the American people the truth at a time when it would have mattered. We’ve seen this Obama protection from many before Snowden.
We do not think he is a hero. Snowden should have revealed this information in 2012 after the conventions so that the voters could pass judgment on these abuses of constitutional government
But Snowden protected Obama over his own principles. We applaud what Snowden did but we condemn him for protecting Barack Obama instead of providing the truth to American voters.
As much as we are pleased that this hideous governmental overreach has been exposed by Snowden we condemn him for putting his judgment over the American voter. And by the way if he “believed” Barack Obama as he states, he is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.
The squirrel hunters are not the brightest either. All the scandals matter and all the scandals must be investigated and prosecuted.