It bothers me that American media doesn’t preface interviews with Dick Cheney by pointing out he’s evaded charges for war crimes (re: Iraq War). It does please me that Snowden has had a chance to respond to Cheney’s hypocritical rebuke of Snowden’s epic NSA PRISM leak.
Cheney and Bush started spying on Americans prior to 9/11, according to court documents. It didn’t prevent 9/11. 2007’s PRISM didn’t prevent the overblown [no pun intended] Boston Bombing.
In 2007 the Denver Post reported:
“”Nacchio suggested that the NSA sought phone, Internet and other customer records from Qwest in early 2001. When he refused to hand over the information, the agency retaliated by not granting lucrative contracts to the Denver-based company, he claimed.””
Other sources corroborate the former CEO’s allegations, which were made in the course of his legal defense against insider trading charges.
The lying, and hiding NSA came out to spread more lies.
Addressing the most basic questions that have emerged, Rogers asked Alexander if intelligence workers have the ability to simply “flip a switch” in order to listen to phone calls or read the emails of Americans.
When Alexander replied “no,” Rogers asked again to reinforce the message for anyone listening.
“So the technology does not exist for any individual or group of individuals at the NSA to flip a switch to listen to Americans’ phone calls or read their e-mails?” he repeated.
“That is correct,” Alexander answered.
He and others also asserted that the leaks were egregious and carry huge consequences for national security.
“I think it was irreversible and significant damage to this nation,” Alexander said when questioned by Rep. Michele Bachmann.
“Has this helped America’s enemies?” the conservative Minnesota Republican asked.
“I believe it has and I believe it will hurt us and our allies,” Alexander said.
President Barack Obama has defended the programs as necessary in an era of terror.
An era of terror? CNN, did Obama actually say that? That’s ridiculous! People are terrorized and killed by cancer and drunk drivers, not ‘terrorists’. What people need to be worried about is an American government that has brazenly abandoned the Rule of Law, and any pretense of respect for the Constitution.