Think and act decisively on this important information in the 2014 and 2016 elections. In almost all cases, you will want to replace your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators in these important elections. There are very few who should remain in office. My U.S. representative and my U.S. Senators and President Obama knew this travesty was occurring. For example, Ed Markey, one of my new Senators was previously a U.S. Representative who for many years headed a House committee which had oversight responsibility for intelligence operations. No excuses for Markey. He’s up for re-election. He must be defeated. It’s time for us to elect new public service representatives in Washington, D.C. If you are not sure where they stand, ask them.
Further out, regarding the 2016 election, keep in mind that Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, most certainly knew NSA’s capabilities. Incredibly, she is said to be considering General David Petraeus as her running mate. After his notable military career, Petraeus headed the CIA. The level of her arrogance and hubris is incredible. Both Petraeus and Clinton were involved in the Benghazi catastrophe and neo-con regime change conspiracies in the middle east. No doubt, Clinton, Petraeus and Clinton’s campaign finance manager George Soros believe that you will forget about Benghazi and the NSA by 2016.
Read this: “Thanks to the courageous acts of Edward Snowden, the enormous scope of the unconstitutional and illegal acts by the U.S. National Security Agency has been revealed to the world. He gave indisputable proof of the massive surveillance about which I have been writing for 10 years.
By now you know the 30-year-old Snowden, a former Central Intelligence Agency employee and National Security Agency contractor, made shocking disclosures of classified NSA documents to the news media.
Thanks to Snowden, no one can dispute that the NSA routinely performed a mass collection of phone and Internet data on each and every supposedly free American. The NSA violated U.S. privacy laws millions upon millions of times according to their own internal auditor. The NSA has broken into the communications links of major data centers worldwide, allowing it to spy on hundreds of millions of user accounts as well as foreign leaders. They have systematically undermined the basic encryption systems of the Internet, calling into question the privacy of sensitive data and, perhaps more damaging, destroying trust.
Snowden’s revelations also proved that James Clapper Jr., the director of National Intelligence, criminally lied to Congress when he testified that the NSA was not collecting data on millions of Americans.
Biased defenders of the NSA, especially in the U.S. Congress, have called Snowden a traitor. To a person, these politicians are recipients of major campaign contributions from what I would call the “national security industrial complex.”
Treason always has been defined as one of the most serious crimes. It is no less than a citizen helping foreign governments to overthrow, make war against or seriously injure their nation. Indeed, history is littered with those guilty of such treachery — Judas Iscariot, Benedict Arnold, Marcus Junius Brutus to name but a few. Snowden is not guilty of treason. His actions have helped, not injured, America. Like Paul Revere, he alerted us to a very real threat to our lives as a free people.
I think Snowden’s action can be compared to the daring 1944 attempts by a small group of German officers who tried to assassinate Hitler. In his own way, Snowden was not content to “just follow orders.” He knew his bosses, complicit in the NSA crimes, would never listen to his valid complaints. Instead, Snowden turned over documents to a few brave and honest reporters who fully exposed the treachery of the NSA against Americans and allies and enemies alike.
The most discouraging result of what this young man did has been the mass apathy of Americans who don’t seem to care that their liberties have been defiled, their privacy destroyed.
This historic crisis of trust must not stand. The American government should never be allied against her citizens in this fashion. We can ill afford to compound the lack of trust many citizens feel since the financial and housing crises.
There is a way out of this historic crisis. We must replace those in the U.S. Congress who supported this massive surveillance and those who still try to cover it with lies and claims of “state secrets.” There should also be massive pressure brought to bear on the president to adopt his own commission’s recommendations. That is, dismantle much of what we now know the NSA does.
Echoing Virginia’s Patrick Henry, the official motto of the U.S. state of New Hampshire is “Live free or die!” America, thanks to Edward Snowden, is at an historic crossroads.” – Bob Bauman, Sovereign Society, former U.S. Congressman.