No, Snowden committed no crime. It is a fraud to conceal a fraud; it is a crime to conceal criminal activity. If 99% of your employees are robbing you blind and planning to murder you in your sleep, it is not unethical for the 1 honest employee to expose the others. He is a hero. Snowden did not break his oath as an intelligence officer, for no oath can be taken to conceal crimes; the heads of these organizations and all politicians have violated their oath to uphold the constitution and protect the rights of the people. Snowden did not commit a crime--all the others who did not expose this are the ones who committed and who continue to commit crimes.
As Ron Paul Reportedly suggested, "My understanding is that espionage means giving secret or classified information to the enemy. Since Snowden shared information with the American people, his indictment for espionage could reveal (or confirm) that the U.S. Government views you and me [that is "we the people, the true government of the U.S.) as the enemy."]
At the end of my introduction is an email I received, giving one interesting angle, but which I believe to be erroneous; however, I present the email for consideration with my introductory, which I believe may shed more honest light on the situation.
Is Snowden a traitor...? Is that not the kettle calling the pot black...? ALL members of the U.S. government are traitors, guilty of violating their oath of office, sedition against the government of the U.S. (the PEOPLE) and their attempted OVERTHROW of the true U.S. Government, the U.S. Constitution and true Americans (not the imported Third World illegitimately given citizenship). It is NEVER the valid, lawful, legitimate job of public servants and elected officials to keep things secret from their employer--THE PEOPLE... nor rob from their employer, murder him, undermine the articles of incorporation of the business that hired them, and even falsify the documents and deeds of ownership to steal the company from the rightful heirs and divvy it up among the corrupt, subversive employees. This is clearly understood in any area of business, but for some reason the "government" thinks it operates by an entirely different set of laws--ones it just "makes up" as needed.
Snowden is a HERO for releasing this information to the PEOPLE and all those calling him TRAITOR are the real traitors and should be put on trial for their treason, all their property seized and returned to the public coffers, and they and all of their family members and friends and cronies and associates who have benefitted from their crimes should be put to hard labor on the rock pile for the rest of their lives until their debt is paid off.
What about all the different news stories (such as the one at the end of this article, suggesting Snowden is actually a double agent working for the CIA; disinformation in my opinion, which I shall explain)...?
Unfortunately, the purpose of the controlled mainstream press and even many seemingly independent journalists and even many so-called "alternative" news sources (many of whom are merely disinformation specialist mouthpieces of the establishment), in many cases, serve the purpose to create one giant smokescreen... (just like the purpose of the "polls" reporting during election campaigns is not to truthfully tell who is ahead, but to shape public opinion to prepare them for who will be declared the winner, and give the people a "show" and further lull them into the false sense of security that there is actually an election by popular vote actually going on).
All these different news sources (legitimate or illegitimate) put out SO MANY different variations of the "truth" that the public has NO WAY to know which--IF ANY of them-- is the "truth".
Of course, the purpose of disinformation is to discredit the truth already revealed; it is called "damage control" and "counter-intelligence."
Internal wars among competing factions within a corrupt government as superbly illustrated in Mel Gibson's Conspiracy Theory, of course, happen; the only difference is that there are NO "good guys"; it is Dumb and Dumber, Bad cop and BADDER cop and evil-to-the-core-Satanic cop. There is no good choice; even as in the so-called "elections." How do you choose between gonorrhea or syphilis? ANSWER: YOU DON'T. Richard Pryor's Brewster's Millions had the ONLY solution: vote "NONE OF THE ABOVE" --for as Jefferson said, NO government is better than BAD government; and ALL we have is bad government because it thinks it is the boss and the people are its servants when it is the other way around.
However, what people do not realize is that the people in the NSA are HUMAN (or subhuman, but I digress). Those individuals who may be inclined to believe Rappoport's suggestion that Snowden is actually a double-agent working for the CIA, are easily caught into any good-sounding red-herring conspiracy theory, so they overlook the real one, which is the one most evident (hidden in plain sight). Some "theories" sound good, until a real analyst actually scrutinizes them.
Really, would Snowden or any sane person, except maybe one dying of cancer, let alone someone in his youth with his life ahead of him, volunteer for a suicide mission...? --which is what this is if Snowden is indeed a double agent... would someone with his whole life ahead of him (youth, job security, powerful position, good pay and benefits) sign up for a suicide mission merely to help one agency gain supremacy over another at the cost of his own life, being branded a traitor with the death penalty on the table and his having to look over his shoulder for the rest of his life...?
I SERIOUSLY DOUBT IT.
Sure, the NSA may not know where he is now, but unless he has plastic surgery and then kills the plastic surgeon, there is NO way he can safely hide for the rest of his life. If he says he headed for Venezuela, I would look in the opposite direction--unless he is employing a double-reverse-triple psychology with a half twist and quadruple loop, as in the comical scene from Princess Bride in which two men are at a table and of the two glasses one is poisoned, and the one "genius" double-reverse psychologies himself into a whole new dimension...
The bottom line is: the people in the NSA or other corrupt gov't agencies are human--overbloated with their own corrupt, illegitimate power, intelligence, position, and self-importance. Their arrogance is what blinds them, thinking they are unblindable. Obviously, someone in the NSA will know some tricks that will help keep him hidden, one step ahead of the wolves who were once his comrades, for a SHORT time, even as a computer programmer knows back doors in a computer program he wrote. It is NOT surprising they cannot find him NOW; he would not have planned this had he not carefully thought it out.
But remember, this is not merely a spy movie like Three Days of the Condor, the Gauntlet, Hopscotch, Catch Me If You Can, the Falcon and the Snowman, Ronin or Enemy of the State--which movies are mere entertainment (though based on fact, WE watch the movie, eat some popcorn, and then safely go to bed)--for him it is for keeps. He obviously obsessed and brainstormed and scrutinized every possible detail and angle (as Nicholas Cage in NEXT) before he crossed the point of no return.
As I said, it is not surprising they cannot find him, he is beating them at their own game; all that remains to be seen is HOW LONG he can keep hidden and stay one step ahead of them... if he is hiding in Venezuela, it would be no great feat for a professional assassin to kill him, and all societies have their degenerate element that will sell their own mother out to be murdered for $50 for their next drug fix.
--and even after they possibly kill him, I am sure they will PRETEND that he is still alive and trying to sell the info to China or Korea or Bangladesh or the Vatican, or to space aliens on Mars (to demonize his memory) and of course to create busy work (or a cover story for other covert ops) and a multi-million dollar annual budget, year after year to try and "catch him", like they did with Bin Laden; hey, it's lucrative to keep a dead enemy alive and on the lamb.
However, let us not forget Eric Rudolph, the lone individual hiding in the woods in North Carolina whom all the combined task forces could not find FOR YEARS, spending millions and millions of dollars around the clock, and he was eventually caught because HE WAS BORED playing hide and seek with a bunch of incompetents, and wandered into town one night to rummage through the dumpsters for something to read, when a local cop thought to check him out.
No doubt these spy agencies are powerful and have powerful technology and have a lot of money and manpower, but they are limited and human; they want the world to think they are gods, but like the wizard of Oz (if I remember correctly), the giant booming voice of the god was a tiny little midget using a powerful voice enhancing microphone, hiding behind the scenes. The enemy is not to be dismissed as a nonthreat; but they are not gods. Snowden may have evaded them for now (or he could already be dead; it would be hard to convict them for murdering him if they killed and buried him and then justified millions of dollars to continue hunting for him)... he may have evaded them for now, but he is dead... his life is over... and we will never know when or how he died...
As the old saying goes, "Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see."
Sad, but that is the evil world we live in. Until all politicians are tried and executed for their war crimes, treason, conspiracy, violation of oath of office, subversion and sedition, murders and robbery, this is how life will always be: tyranny, injustice, fear, brutality, oppression, disinformation, lies, corrupt taxation, war, assassinations, coverups, evil, or as our politicians think of it, "business as usual."
The fact that there is this potential for rogue operatives (or in this case, a patriotic one) is reason to MICROCHIP ALL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS...! --NOT the people.
Robert Alan Balaicius
[Below follows the original email, preceded by a few other peoples' comments. At the end of this email, I attach another email on the same topic, also preceeded by my comments. Robert]
-------- Original Message -- FOR ALL..
I suspect that John Rappoport is right..This entire issue reeks of a tactic designed to add to the promotion of “fear”, of something so powerful and overwhelming that citizens will not contest their actions as they too can become targets of the NSA and their methods…So, what better approach to this issue of creating “fear” among the citizens than to expose the abilities of the NSA to get anything they want and that they can do it…So, we have this method being used to tell the nation that big brother certainly has the capacity to know what you do and how you do things..JRN
I think Jon is more on track than most concerning Ed Snowden.
It's a scam, an op. Pay attention, mbw
Ed Snowden, NSA, and fairy tales a child could see through
By Jon Rappoport June 25, 2013
Sometimes cognitive dissonance, which used to be called contradiction, rings a gong so loud it knocks you off your chair.
But if you're an android in this marvelous world of synthetic reality, you get up, put a smile back on your face, and trudge on...
Let's see. NSA is the most awesome spying agency ever devised in this world. If you cross the street in Podunk, Anywhere, USA, to buy an ice cream soda, on a Tuesday afternoon in July, they know.
They know if you sit at the counter and drink that soda or take it and move to the only table in the store.
They know if you lick the foam from the top of the glass with your tongue or pick the foam with your straw and then lick it.
They know if you keep the receipt for the soda or leave it on the counter. They know whether you're wearing shoes or sneakers.
They know the brand of your underwear. They know your shaving cream, and precisely which container it came out of.
But this agency, with all its vast power and its dollars...
Can't track one of its own, a man who came to work every day, a man who made up a story about needing treatment in Hong Kong for epilepsy and then skipped the country.
Just can't find him.
Can't find him in Hong Kong, where he does a sit-down video interview with Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian. Can't find that "safe house" or that "hotel" where he's staying.
No. Can't find him or spy on his communications while he's in Hong Kong. Can't figure out he's booked a flight to Russia. Can't intercept him at the airport before he leaves for Russia . Too difficult.
And this man, this employee, is walking around with four laptops that contain the keys to all the secret spying knowledge in the known cosmos.
Can't locate those laptops. Can't hack into them to see what's there. Can't access the laptops or the data. The most brilliant technical minds of this or any other generation can find a computer in Outer Mongolia in the middle of a blizzard, but these walking-around computers in Hong Kong are somehow beyond reach.
And before this man, Snowden, this employee, skipped Hawaii, he was able to access the layout of the entire US intelligence network. Yes. He was able to use a thumb drive.
He walked into work with a thumb drive, plugged in, and stole...everything. He stole enough to "take down the entire US intelligence network in a single afternoon."
Not only that, but anyone who worked at this super-agency as an analyst, as a systems-analyst supervisor, could have done the same thing. Could have stolen the keys to the kingdom.
This is why NSA geniuses with IQs over 180 have decided, now, in the midst of the Snowden affair, that they need to draft "tighter rules and procedures" for their employees. Right.
Now, a few pieces of internal of security they hadn't realized they needed before will be put in place.
This is, let me remind you, the most secretive spying agency in the world. The richest spying agency. The smartest spying agency.
But somehow, over the years, they'd overlooked this corner of their own security. They'd left a door open, so that any one of their own analysts could steal everything.
Could take it all. Could just snatch it away and copy it and store it on a few laptops.
But now, yes now, having been made aware of this vulnerability, the agency will make corrections.
And reporters for elite US media don't find any of this hard to swallow.
A smart sixth-grader could see through this tower of fabricated baloney in a minute, but veteran grizzled reporters are clueless.
Last night, on Charley Rose, in an episode that left me breathless, a gaggle of pundits/newspeople warned that Ed Snowden, walking around with those four laptops, could be an easy target for Chinese spies or Russian spies who could get access to the data on those computers. The spies could just hack in.
But the NSA can't. No. The NSA can't find out what Snowden has. They can only speculate.
It's charades within charades.
This whole Snowden affair is an op. It's the kind of op that works because people are prepared to believe anything.
The tightest and strongest and richest and smartest spying agency in the world can't find its own employee. It's in the business of tracking, and it can't find him.
It's in the business of security, and it can't protect its own data from its employees.
If you believe that, I have timeshares to sell in the black hole in the center of the Milky Way.
In previous articles, I've made a case for Snowden being a CIA operative who still works for his former employer. He was handed a bunch of NSA data by the CIA. He didn't steal anything. The CIA wants to punch a hole in the NSA. It's called an internal turf war. It's been going on as long as those agencies have existed side by side.
For example....the money.
Wired Magazine, June 2013 issue. James Bamford, author of three books on the NSA, states:
"In April, as part of its 2014 budget request, the Pentagon [which rules the NSA] asked Congress for $4.7 billion for increased 'cyberspace operations,' nearly $1 billion more than the 2013 allocation. At the same time, budgets for the CIA and other intelligence agencies were cut by almost the same amount, $4.4 billion. A portion of the money going to...[NSA] will be used to create 13 cyberattack teams."
That means spying money. Far more for NSA, far less for CIA.
But in this article, let's stay focused on the fairy tales, which are the cover stories floated to the press, the public, the politicians. We have reporters at the Washington Post and at The Guardian.
We have Julian Assange, the head of Wikileaks. They're all talking to Snowden. The NSA can spy on them. Right? Can listen to their calls and read their emails and hack into their notes. Just like people have been hacking into the work and home computers of Sharyl Attkisson, star CBS investigative reporter.
But the NSA can't do all this spying and then use it to find Snowden. Just can't manage it.
So...everybody in the world with a computer has passwords. The NSA can cut through them like a sword through hot butter. But Assange and the Post and Guardian and Snowden must have super-special passwords.
They got these passwords by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope, along with 25 cents, and a top from a cereal box, to The Lone Ranger.
These passwords are charged with atomic clouds that obscure men's minds so they cannot see or spy. They're immortal and invulnerable.
The NSA can spy on anyone else in the world, but they can't get their foot in the door, when it comes to the Post, The Guardian, and Assange.
And if Snowden winds up in Ecuador, that too will become an insurmountable mystery.
"Nope, we don't know where he is. He's vanished. Ecuador has a Romulan shield surrounding it. The cloaking technology is too advanced."
Perhaps you recall that, in the early days of this scandal, Snowden claimed he could spy on anyone in the US, including a federal judge or even the president, if he had their email addresses.
Uh-huh. But the combined talents of the NSA, now, can't spy on Snowden. I guess they just can't find his email address.
Snowden isn't the only savvy computer kid in the country. There must be a million people, at minimum, who can cook up email addresses that evade the reach of the NSA. Yes?
What we have here are contradictions piled on contradictions piled on lies.
And in the midst of this, a whole lot of people are saying, "Don't look too closely. Snowden is a hero and he exposed the NSA and that's a wonderful thing."
And a whole lot of other people are saying, "Snowden is a traitor and he should be tried for treason or killed overseas. That's all you need to know."
The truth? Well, the truth, as they say, is the first casualty in war. But in the spying business, the truth was never there to begin with. That's one of the requirements of the industry.
"Son, if you think you've lied before, you haven't got a clue. We're going to tell you to do things that'll make your head spin. That's the game we're in. We're going to make you tell lies in your sleep."
And these are the people the public believes.
It's a beautiful thing. It really is. The fairy tales are made of sugar and the public, the press, and the people eat them. And then they ask for more.
Jon Rappoport The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com
Robert Alan Balaicius
NSA Whistle-blower, Edward Snowden has been called a "traitor" by former Vice President, Dick Cheney, to which Snowden responded in an open chat yesterday, hosted by the British news agency, The Guardian:
"This is a man who gave us the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a kind of atrocity warm-up on the way to deceitfully engineering a conflict that has killed over 4,400 and maimed nearly 32,000 Americans, as well as leaving over 100,000 Iraqis dead. Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American..."
When asked why he'd risked his highly-paid, comfortable life in Hawaii to come forward, Snowden's response was, "Because America is a country worth dying for."
Many of those in support of Snowden's actions have criticized him for not going through the "proper channels" to report what he saw as the gross abuses of the law, while working as a contractor for NSA (this includes myself).However, in this interview on USA TODAY, NSA whistle-blowers, Thomas Drake, William Binney and J. Kirk Wiebe, who each put in 30 years or more at the National Security Agency are coming forward in support
of Snowden's tactic, because their own attempts to "work within the system", for several years, to report the same kinds of abuses (and more) resulted only in their personal destruction; being criminally investigated and Federally prosecuted, - in the case of Drake - and luckily for him, successfully defended by Government
Accountability Project Attorney, Jesslyn Radack, who also appears in this very important roundtable discussion. One of the more disturbing critiques of NSA in this interview comes from J. Kirk Wiebe, who
"There seemed to be more of a desire to contract-out and create a money-flow than there actually was to perform the mission."
All three veteran whistle-blowers fear that Snowden now faces rendition, torture and assassination for what they consider to have been his patriotic public service.
Video (9:11 mins):
3 NSA Veterans Speak Out on Whistle-Blower: We Told You So