Cat’s Out of the Bag

Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Marylan...

Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Is he a hero or a traitor?  A patriot or a defector?  All the buzz today is about Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who stepped forward as the guy who leaked info on the massive surveillance gathering operation by the government:  Intel Considering NSA Whistleblower ‘Potential Chinese Espionage’ He’s taken “refuge” in Hong Kong, making it all look too suspicious.  My thoughts:

  • He should have gone through proper channels
  • He’s convinced the agency/government were over-reaching and doing wrong
  • I admire and chastise him
  • I doubt he will ever return to the US and I’m sure the Chinese will protect him.  They have a lot to gain from his knowledge.
  • Time will tell if what Snowden has done will ultimately endanger us.

This sums up my thoughts perfectly A Snowden Job  

We’ll admit there is something not quite right with Edward Snowden and his story.  But the optics of this story are just terrible for the administration: Fast and Furious, the “green” technology spendapalooza and subsequent bankruptcies, Benghazi, the IRS, and now the NSA. Yeah, the NSA was organized in 1952 under Truman; yeah, every President has used it since. Sure, technology has ramped up the agency’s abilities. But this is yet another Constitutional crisis on Obama’s watch, another story about an administration with a penchant for abusing their authority and treating citizens like subjects. The young Mr. Snowden seemed to demonstrate a keener sense of what is un-American and un-Constitutional than almost any elected official presently “serving” in Washington.

Interesting Side-Note:  We lived near Fort Meade and the NSA in the 1980s-1990s.  You used to be able to drive right up to the nondescript building.  Whenever the parking lot was full you knew something major was going on.  

Carl Writes:

Dictatorships are amazing things. In the begining its not what you say, or your behavior that makes you unworthy of the state’s support. It’s the state’s changing definition of what constitutes a threat over time. Especially true of so-called useful idiots:

In political jargonuseful idiot is a pejorative term for people perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they do not understand, and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause.

The term has been used to refer to Soviet sympathizers in Western countries. The implication was that, although the people in question naïvely thought of themselves as an ally of the Soviet Union, they were actually held in contempt and were being cynically used. The use of the term in political discourse has since been extended to other propagandists, especially those who are seen to unwittingly support a malignant cause which they naïvely believe to be a force for good.

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

Maxine Waters is nothing, if not a devoted Marxist. She also worships Barrack Obama. And on occasion let’s a few cats out of the bag. That is why this brief interaction with some CNN chucklehead is newsworthy.
Reliable and multiple sources have indicated there are a lot of ‘good guys’ still working inside our nation’s intelligence community at all levels that have made the hard and painful decision to blow the whistle on abuses they can no longer remain silent on. Believe it or not, we really undergoing a slow coup d’etat. And as evidence we are seeing it from the NSA, CIA, and other places most citizens don’t even know about.

Gilia Adds:

Victor Davis Hanson hits it out of the park with this one:  Obama’s Ethical Gymnastics
Obama is not inherently more amoral than his predecessors, only more exempt from charges of amorality. He appreciates that this latitude has never been extended to any other president in modern memory. The result is that there is no longer such a thing as presidential ethics.
And finally….has the AP really, truly, honestly turned on Obama?  Check this out from the AP’s own website today:  Mounting Controversies Are All About Trust
If he (Obama) can’t convince the American people that they can trust him, he could end up damaging the legacy he has worked so hard to control and shape — and be remembered, even by those who once supported him, as the very opposite of the different type of leader he promised to be.



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5 responses to “Cat’s Out of the Bag”

  1. ctlo34 says :

    Did not mean yesterday’s update to be so prophetic. And when I wrote it, and still believe, there are many more “traditional” intelligence community people ready to come forward – and soon. Like others, I am still uncertain about Snowden. Is he being forced into China’s hands, or was he always headed there. Time will tell.

    The most telling of last week revelations is this one sentence description of Obama’s NSA program:

    “find the target first, then find the crime” political approach requires access to information of an unprecedented level.

    Billions in calls, texts, and other communications each day are nothing for the new NSA complex in Utah. And just for kicks, Google the little town that once sat there before the spy complex was built. It was/is a small community of polygamists. Great place to have a speak no evil, see no evil, hear no evil place.

    Much more coming.

  2. Tom says :

    Frank Gaffney’s take on all this: and

    Just remember, if the political opposition will stop being so libertarian/individualist and purist, and then unite against the Left, then all this will be ours. And with the precedents set by this PC-protected administration… 😀

    • giliar says :

      Excellent analysis! The Facebook link doesn’t work but great point form Gaffney: For all these reasons, we require a debate that goes beyond the unfolding one about the wisdom and constitutionality of NSA data-mining. We also need to address whether we now must focus our intelligence assets and energies squarely on those who are most responsible for the threat we face at the moment: adherents to the Islamic supremacist doctrine of shariah and the jihadism (or holy war) it impels.

      • Tom says :

        Here’s better link:

        “The revelation that the super-secret National Security Agency has been vacuuming up so-called meta-data from foreign and American communications has lots of us in a full-scale flail.

        “The libertarian Right denounces it as an unacceptable abuse of government power. Even the Left that normally, reflexively supports whatever President Obama does is up in arms.

        “But is this effort to detect and counter patterns of behavior that may be associated with terrorists and their plots legitimate and necessary? All three branches of government agree it is legal and required – provided Team Obama is not doing as it has elsewhere: namely, abusing its powers for political purposes.

        “It would be better to focus counterterrorism efforts against those jihadists seeking our destruction. Until then, this metadata mining is likely to be necessary.”


        To respond to your question, the American people are too wimpy to do what is necessary over there, and too selfish to do what is necessary over here. There is an answer, but our people simply can’t bring themselves to make the leap.

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