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Sunday, June 09, 2013

A hero of human liberty

Edward Snowden made the brave, self-sacrificing choice that hundreds of thousands of servants of the machine could make, but do not, every single day.  He informed the American people, and the people of the world, what the US government is doing to them.  I think it is entirely possible that he will one day come to be considered an American Solzhenitsyn:
 The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.

The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request. From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity. "I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong," he said....

He does not fear the consequences of going public, he said, only that doing so will distract attention from the issues raised by his disclosures. "I know the media likes to personalise political debates, and I know the government will demonise me."

Despite these fears, he remained hopeful his outing will not divert attention from the substance of his disclosures. "I really want the focus to be on these documents and the debate which I hope this will trigger among citizens around the globe about what kind of world we want to live in." He added: "My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them."

He has had "a very comfortable life" that included a salary of roughly $200,000, a girlfriend with whom he shared a home in Hawaii, a stable career, and a family he loves. "I'm willing to sacrifice all of that because I can't in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building."
I know it is very difficult for most Americans to grasp this, but the US government are not the good guys here.  They are even worse than the bad guys from whom they claim to be protecting you.  Before you condemn Snowden as a traitor, remember, George Washington, Samuel Adams, and Thomas Jefferson were, from the perspective of the British crown, traitors too.

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145 Comments:

Anonymous SugarPi June 09, 2013 7:22 PM  

I saw his interview. I'm praying for this courageous young man and the other whistleblowers in the crosshairs...

Blogger Old Rebel June 09, 2013 7:24 PM  

The rabid leftist interventionists over at Little Green Footballs are already declaring Snowden a "traitor."

He is a brave young man. May God protect him.

Anonymous DT June 09, 2013 7:28 PM  

Before you condemn Snowden as a traitor, remember, George Washington, Samuel Adams, and Thomas Jefferson were, from the perspective of the British crown, traitors too.

Condemn him? I'm praying for him. He is a hero. And the politicians who orchestrated this nightmare are treasonous monsters, every one of which deserve life in prison.

Anonymous Just_Michael June 09, 2013 7:29 PM  

This is all part of the show.

A small time community organizer from Chicago isn't nearly creative enough (or motivated enough) to have assembled such a package of clandestine ops.

If a President gets crossways of the people pulling the strings, they just shine a light on some of the dirty schemes that they've been orchestrating and point their finger at the President.

Obama wasn't aggressive enough towards Iran and Syria.

He's getting the treatment for it.

Blogger JACIII June 09, 2013 7:30 PM  

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Anonymous Brian June 09, 2013 7:33 PM  

Excellent point that I have been trying to drive home to my little circle. The Founding Fathers were patriots for the US, a country they had either not yet created or just newly minted, but they were traitors to the country for which they were CITIZENS of, England. They had to break every English law and declare war against their own 'country' in order to have independence. Endless usurpations and all that. But to most modern "patriots", the FF were only great because they created the US, "greatest country in the world", and whatever means were necessary to do that are lauded as necessary. Has nothing to do with freedom, only USA! USA! USA!

Anonymous cheddarman June 09, 2013 7:34 PM  

This man is a patriot, and deserves our prayers.

Anonymous Salt June 09, 2013 7:37 PM  

This country isn't the USA anymore. Isn't even the USSA. More like the PSA, Progressive States of America. a/k/a, a Public Service Announcement.

Blogger JACIII June 09, 2013 7:41 PM  

Edward Snowden: The first hero in the fight against the Panopticon.

Blogger Markku June 09, 2013 7:41 PM  

We must resolve to burn our future up in ashes and laugh about it, if an opportunity comes to do something similar. Because hey, what kind of a life was it going to be anyway?

Anonymous Sean June 09, 2013 7:51 PM  

I found, after watching his interview, that he is an intelligent and thoughtful man, and in every sense a hero. The followers at reddit and other such sites don't know what to think. On the one hand, they want to support guys like him and Julian Assange, but on the other they must condemn their dear leader, but can't bring themselves to do it.

Anonymous Zartan June 09, 2013 7:52 PM  

I see the Brave Brave Souls at ICANN are fully in the grip of "the bystander effect" Despite bravely facing down corporations regarding the human rights issues around domain names, when prompted to make a statement on the PRISM issue they basically said: "Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy".

They feel that the UN (despite the fact the US will ignore it) or the ACLU (who will never be given standing in court) should handle the chilling effect of mass surveillance on the internet.

I'm beginning to think it's time for ICANN to be dismantled.

Anonymous Mike M. June 09, 2013 7:54 PM  

It will be interesting to see what becomes of him. Note that Snowden has more documents, claims he released only those he thought relevant. Claims he's not interested in impacting people, just policies.

In other words, he's got a dead man's switch on more classified materials.

On the other hand, Obama is a very stupid, extremely arrogant politician, even by DC standards. It would not surprise me to see him order a killing.

Anonymous Salt June 09, 2013 7:58 PM  

It would not surprise me to see him order a killing.


Cry havoc and let slip the drone of vengeance.

Blogger hlbrk June 09, 2013 7:59 PM  

This isn't adding up. Booz Allen released a statement saying he's been employed by them for the past three months, yet The Guardian says he's in a stable career, making more than twice what someone with his age and qualifications should be making? In Hawaii, no less??

Anonymous Van June 09, 2013 8:01 PM  

"order a killing."

Probably why Snowden went public. Safest place for him is right out in the open.

Anonymous Dc June 09, 2013 8:10 PM  

"On the one hand, they want to support guys like him and Julian Assange, but on the other they must condemn their dear leader, but can't bring themselves to do it."

What's a little more cognitive dissonance for the typical leftard drone?

Anonymous fidgit June 09, 2013 8:12 PM  

This.

Blogger tz June 09, 2013 8:14 PM  

Right up there with Bradley Manning and earlier, Daniel Ellsberg.

They deserve medals.

The pen IS mightier than the sword, which is why they still try to keep information from being freed from them, yet want every bit of yours.

Anonymous Gecko June 09, 2013 8:15 PM  

6:48

Not a boomer.

Anonymous dh June 09, 2013 8:20 PM  

What's a little more cognitive dissonance for the typical leftard drone?

I think you will be pleasantly surprised on this front. The bottom is ready to fallout at anytime.

Blogger Ingemar June 09, 2013 8:22 PM  

I think calling Snowden an American Solzhenitsyn is a bit far but...

Thank you Mr. Snowden. Thank you for proving to the world that heroes still exist.

Anonymous dh June 09, 2013 8:23 PM  

Also, this is why the government fears a really free press. The Guardian is owned by a not-for profit trust, and is literally beholden to no one person.

Blogger Remo June 09, 2013 8:26 PM  

This makes me proud. I worked for Booz for five years and likely still would be if not for a nasty divorce. I applaud this man. There were plenty of Quislings and toadies there to be sure but I worked with lots of people of conscience also. The Booz hiring process was extreme and it was easy to get rejected even if you had the technical and business acumen. Now watch as upper management works to weed out people who believe that freedom matters. A lot of people I used to know are going to be shuffled to different assignments and / or made to sign even more restrictive disclosure agreements. Edward (no I didn't know him) will likely end up at Gitmo over this. I see the salary has gone up considerably since 2007 - most level 3's made around 120k then. He is a hero and he will burn for this.

Blogger Markku June 09, 2013 8:37 PM  

In unrelated news, the next-gen XBox won't work unless the camera and microphone are on, and it is connected to the internet.

Seems legit.

Anonymous Rosalys June 09, 2013 8:38 PM  

Whose condemning him as a traitor (I mean other than the supreme traitors who hold elected office). I did manage to catch that bit of news as I passed by the TV set and declared him a patriot and a hero! These malevolent, traitorous, totalitarian scumbags WILL try to make this about, "This guy broke the law!" I do hope that a number of the head-in-the-sand crowd are beginning to wake up and see what is slapping them in the face!

My favorite line in "Atlas Shrugged", when an employee protested that an action he was ordered to take in an attempt to avert disaster was against the law, Dagney said, "There is no law!"

Anonymous bub June 09, 2013 8:38 PM  

Were I the boss, I would be most interested in his claim to be able to take the whole thing down in an afternoon. I would be making it job #1 to close that hole, no matter the cost, especially in personnel tyranny. You better believe the scrutiny on those left behind is intense, and many "innocents" will be burned just in case. So that data will be most useful immediately in this very case.

I'm curious why he didn't pull the plug while he could.

Blogger Doorstop June 09, 2013 8:46 PM  

His name is Edward Snowden.
(Together in unison)
"His name is Edward Snowden!"

Anonymous stats79 June 09, 2013 8:59 PM  

Obama wasn't aggressive enough towards Iran and Syria.

He's getting the treatment for it.


Bullseye. My suspicion as well. Data mining with the help of the phone companies has been going on at least since Bush's second term. The powers that be have decided to punish Obama for his inaction in Syria and Iran. Press could have continued to studiously ignored what is an old story. You don't get this kind of universal outrage without the full-throated assistance of the powers that be.

Anonymous trk June 09, 2013 9:00 PM  

if he pulls the plug, someone else will plug it back in. He did the right thing. Now we have to wait and see if anything will come of it..

Anonymous Anonagain June 09, 2013 9:03 PM  

Edward Snowden has more testosterone in his discarded socks than every politician in DC put together.

Rand Paul is saying he's going to challenge this at the SCOTUS. Yeah right. I have ZERO faith in politicians or the system to do anything to curb the ongoing destruction of our nation's sovereignty and individual freedoms.

And didn't I say that Obama has the goods on the opposition? Provided to him by the NSA, it would appear. There is a reason why his treason and subversion continue unopposed.

Anonymous Anonagain June 09, 2013 9:05 PM  

It's going to take private individuals with backbones and balls of steel to right this ship if it's going to be righted at all.

Anonymous REV13 17 June 09, 2013 9:06 PM  

The NSA, or its more malevolent successor will set the pattern for the end.

"And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark"

Anonymous Anonagain June 09, 2013 9:11 PM  

It's going to take private individuals with backbones and balls of steel to right this ship, if it is to be righted at all.

Blogger JD Curtis June 09, 2013 9:23 PM  

Rush Limbaugh; America in the midst of a coup d'etat

Anonymous Anonagain June 09, 2013 9:25 PM  

A sign that this is not your father's USA: When a whistleblower has to defect to China.

Blogger Eclecticity June 09, 2013 9:35 PM  

I hope that others working for the NSA domestic and world spying establishment will find inspiration in Snowden and follow him in blowing more open. It will not work with just one brave man. Others must follow. Prayers for their own necessary courage to follow Edward out. E.

Anonymous karsten June 09, 2013 9:36 PM  

"I think it is entirely possible that he will one day come to be considered an American Solzhenitsyn"

Absolutely. I think the comparison is quite apt, because the nature of the temptation that Snowden had to overcome is just as potent as that which Solzhenitsyn faced.

Solzhenitsyn had the fortitude not to buckle in the face of physical and mental torture. A true hero.

But Snowden had the fortitude not to buckle in the face of the lobotomizing narcotics of American materialism -- the well-paying job, the obliging girlfriend, the Xbox, the vulgar entertainment, all the various brands of Soma. And as the appalling success of Cultural Marxism has shown, that is an even more effective and insidious kind of persuasion than the iron-heel totalitarianism of Soviet Marxism.

Solzhenitsyn overcame 1984. Snowden overcame Brave New World.

"PSA, Progressive States of America" -- exactly about it.

Blogger Eclecticity June 09, 2013 9:36 PM  

We need additional corroboration! Otherwise Snowden will be seen only as the lone gunman. E.

Blogger Eclecticity June 09, 2013 9:37 PM  

U.S.A - United Stasi of America. E.

Anonymous Porky June 09, 2013 9:39 PM  

Kid should have lawyered up before making the move. Now he's screwed.

Anonymous Anonagain June 09, 2013 9:41 PM  

The #NSA believes in equality! They have gone to great lengths to make sure that surveillance is equally applied to everyone. Equal opportunity spooks.

Anonymous Anonagain June 09, 2013 9:44 PM  

The NSA believes in equality! They have gone to great lengths to make sure that surveillance is equally applied to everyone.

Equal Opportunity Spooks - brought to you by your Leftist regime.

Anonymous fidgit June 09, 2013 9:47 PM  

@ hlbrk This isn't adding up.

Actually, I'm starting to hear some speculation that perhaps the Chinese might be a wee bit tangentially involved in this... /fascinating to watch this unfold.

Anonymous Anonagain June 09, 2013 9:47 PM  

OK, if I'm the only one whose comments keep disappearing, is it really a bug?

Anonymous The One June 09, 2013 9:50 PM  

American citizen, home of the freest country of the world flies to Hong Kong to tell the truth. News at 11

Anonymous The One June 09, 2013 9:53 PM  

Lawyer pointless Porky, no justice in the courts, look at Zimmerman. He made the right move heading toward Hong Kong

Anonymous Anonagain June 09, 2013 10:05 PM  

Anything you say, write, mail, email, tweet, text, download, upload, view, run, post, comment, like, and skype, can and will be used against you.

Anonymous FP June 09, 2013 10:10 PM  

"Actually, I'm starting to hear some speculation that perhaps the Chinese might be a wee bit tangentially involved in this... /fascinating to watch this unfold."

Well, sure. Who has a lot to gain from promoting something like this and is powerful enough that they won't just hand him over to the US?

Anonymous A Visitor June 09, 2013 10:19 PM  

In unrelated news, the next-gen XBox won't work unless the camera and microphone are on, and it is connected to the internet.

Well, I'm done gaming then. I actually have been since I got Halo 4 for Christmas.

I'm getting a bit long in the tooth for video games anyways.

After the revelations, courtesy of Snowden, I think I've found how to have my electronic cake and eat it too (to the extent that it's possible):

1) None of my friends like using encryption. I remember using PGP back in the mid-90s when I learned about it from Macworld. A friend and I sent a few encrypted e-mails back and forth just for fun. I think my old PGP keys got wiped when PGP went for profit.

Anyways, maybe it's time to convince a few of them to get on the encryption bandwagon. This way, at least, it'll make it harder for TPTB to read my communications. They'll be able to break it but it'll take time.

2) I'll leave my cell phone at home and (I already do this) turn my computer off when I'm not using it. It reminds me of a book I bought on (white hat) hacking some years ago: it stated that the only true form of absolute IT security is to have a computer turned off and locked away in a safe. You accept the risk of eavesdropping when you turn it on; I'm not saying I think that's a good thing, just stating the obvious.

Assange is an idiot and Manning is clueless and endangered military sources and methods. That video that the Left loves showing of those dead journalists in Baghdad supposedly "murdered" by Apaches? Yeah, they were with insurgents.

From the Washington Post: More broadly, the CIA and the NSA may be forced to reexamine their relationships with contractors, who were employed in roles ranging from technical support to paramilitary operations before concerns about the outsourcing of such sensitive assignments prompted a backlash in Congress and pledges from the agencies to begin thinning their contracting ranks.

Good! Actually cut out contractors and start hiring people directly like you used to? You don't say?!?

Don't get me wrong, I know that there are evil people in this world who hate our republic. That is a given. Spying on U.S. citizens takes it too far, though!

If anyone in DC actually gave a damn about our security, the House could take the lead and introduce a bill that allows for net zero immigration. It passes the House, Senate, and Dear Leader vetoes it. Congress counters with a 2/3rds majority.

We have significantly less security threats, in the form of foreigners, in the republic.

Step two: Develop our franking infrastructure. Do away with that stupid law forbidding drilling near our coast. There's over 100 billion barrels of oil and over a trillion cubic meters of proven natural gas reserves between us and Cuba just waiting to be developed. Right now the ChiComs and Cuba are laughing all the way to the bank.

Step three: Take a play from Mexico's immigration law and model ours after theirs.

Step four: After our energy infrastructure is developed, stop procuring energy from our enemies.

If we do that, threats to our republic's security will decrease to a manageable level.

Oh yeah, repeal the PATRIOT Act while you're at it.

Snowden has courage! Good on him!

Anonymous A Visitor June 09, 2013 10:21 PM  

Should read fracking infrastructure.

Also, point of clarification: spying on U.S. citizens should be read within the context of its current, indiscriminate, use of PRISM and Carnivore.

Anonymous paradox June 09, 2013 10:29 PM  

And Obama would win the support of all the liberty hating neocons, if he would assassinate Snowden with a drone.

Dear God, it's more difficult everyday to decide which to hate more... the liberals or the neocons.

Anonymous TheExpat June 09, 2013 10:33 PM  

Given that traffic can be and apparently is intercepted and analyzed at the point of the service providers, I wonder what the implications are for DuckDuck, Startpage and other anonymous search services. For that matter, does the private browsing function of most browsers do anything more than send up a flag?

Blogger Nate June 09, 2013 10:36 PM  

To grasp the evil of the American government... one need only speak to a swiss canton banker.

He'll tell you. The swiss bankers will not do business with you Mr American Citizen. Your government is to much trouble to deal with.

And yet if you ask that same swiss banker about the old Soviet Untion... he'll tell you no Mr American Citizen... you're far worse than they were.

Anonymous paradox June 09, 2013 10:38 PM  

And Obama would win the support of neocons everywhere if he assassinated Snowden by drone.

Dear God, it's more difficult everyday to decided which to hate more... liberals or neocons.

Anonymous DT June 09, 2013 10:42 PM  

Vox - can we get a post from you, and subsequent discussion, on countermeasures to NSA style surveillance?

I have some ideas, but I'm curious to hear the Ilk's opinion on the effectiveness of SSL, proxies, OpenPGP, etc.

Anonymous zen0 June 09, 2013 10:43 PM  

@ Nate: And yet if you ask that same swiss banker about the old Soviet Untion...

But...but...Nate! When I quoted the Governor of the Bank of Canada once, you said no one should listen to bankers!

I am confused.

Anonymous zen0 June 09, 2013 10:45 PM  

Anytime now we will be regaled with morally suspicious activities in Mr. Snowden's life.

Anonymous JartStar June 09, 2013 10:47 PM  

I must admit I have no idea of how this will turn out. The MSM doesn't want to criticize Obama, but they realize what this means down the road when someone they don't like is in office if they give Obama a pass.

I really don't know how the public is going to react to this either.

The tin-foil hat crowd turned out to be correct.

Anonymous AdognamedOp June 09, 2013 10:52 PM  

Stats..
"The powers that be have decided to punish Obama for his inaction in Syria and Iran. Press could have continued to studiously ignored what is an old story. You don't get this kind of universal outrage without the full-throated assistance of the powers that be."

Yeah but, dont TPTB own the press too?
And how much of that "outrage" has the press directed at Obama? Just last week the press was reporting on the IRS scandal. It lasted for all but three days. And most reports were spun to protect dear leader.
The 'powers that be' understand MPAI and will obediently protect them like drones to a queen.
Nothing outside the hive of liberalism!


Anonymous Anonagain June 09, 2013 10:53 PM  

We should expect a loud, deadly domestic terrorist attack in the near future - depending on how long it takes for them to set up some white supremacist patsy. People will be shrieking, demanding the NSA trample their rights with increased spying and surveillance.

A government as rotten and corrupt as this one has no limits on how far it will go to secure and increase its power.

Anonymous The One June 09, 2013 10:57 PM  

Second DT's post, ILK are saying TOR is useless, can you encrypt the websites you visit then? Can you encrypt cell phone conversations?

Anonymous bobert June 09, 2013 11:02 PM  

the obliging girlfriend

Maybe a bit OT...but how is having a girlfriend materialism?

Blogger Ingemar June 09, 2013 11:03 PM  

@bobert

The vast majority of male/female relationships are little more than informal business transactions.

Anonymous bobert June 09, 2013 11:08 PM  

The vast majority of male/female relationships are little more than informal business transactions.

Sadly, you are probably right...but that notion was not referred to in the post by karsten...maybe that is what he was talking about then.

Well I was just curious since normally I would think that relationships with other people are the opposite of materialism...but in a progressive secular society like ours, maybe that is often no longer the case.

I don't want to push the thread off topic at all so I'll drop the issue...I was just a bit confused. I had read it as human relationships being *inherently* materialistic.

Anonymous TheExpat June 09, 2013 11:13 PM  

Dear God, it's more difficult everyday to decided which to hate more... liberals or neocons.

You can solve your dilemma by grouping them all under "statists".

Anonymous LeeS June 09, 2013 11:16 PM  

So if Snowden dies, he was a whistleblower hero, if he lives, it was all an NSA setup?

Anonymous AdognamedOp June 09, 2013 11:19 PM  

Anon:
"We should expect a loud, deadly domestic terrorist attack in the near future".

What,, you didn't hear about the Santa Monica shootings?
Some dude shot up a school library with assault weapons. One John Zawahri, aka Abdul through Zaawarhri.
Can you not smell the burning wax from all the candlelight virgils being held across America tonight in support of gun control?
You're either with uus or with them pal.

Anonymous dh June 09, 2013 11:23 PM  

The China angle is a little bit interesting. It is not entirely implausible that China would grant him refuge status. And then the US can try to extra-dict him for ages. And then China can whine endlessly about the US human right abused, and democracy, and freedom, etc every-time they get in front of the world press.

Anonymous zen0 June 09, 2013 11:24 PM  

@ LeeS:
So if Snowden dies, he was a whistleblower hero, if he lives, it was all an NSA setup?

"Former" undercover CIA agent Snowden is probably under some kind of protection.

I am guessing here, but there could be a turf war in progress. A house divided against itself is really, really, messy.

Anonymous Outlaw X June 09, 2013 11:26 PM  

I watched he interview with this guy twice. I watched his mannerisms and listened closely to everything he said. Running to Hong Kong seemed a little odd as there is no way they will prosecute him, he is not military or Manning. The last thing I would do If I were the government is prosecute this man (he is too smart and too believable and left himself open for assignation by running). Something is off and I can't put my finger on it.

He was smart for going public that probably saved his life. Why not just resign? He is not a liar and that is obvious to me.

Anonymous dh June 09, 2013 11:36 PM  

He was smart for going public that probably saved his life. Why not just resign? He is not a liar and that is obvious to me.

I first wondered if he caught wind of some other investigation that was going to ensare him. That's the cynical bit of me wondering.

Going public is very smart. Where ever he lands is going to involve due process at this point. The problem is what happens when his tourist visa runs out.

Anonymous zen0 June 09, 2013 11:37 PM  

Just_Michael presupposes:
If a President gets crossways of the people pulling the strings, they just shine a light on some of the dirty schemes that they've been orchestrating and point their finger at the President.

Obama wasn't aggressive enough towards Iran and Syria.

He's getting the treatment for it.


Too simple. No President has done anything substantial about Iran. Why? Putin.
Syria is not Libya. Plus, if you may recall, before Libya got trashed, there was a meeting between Putin and Barry. Putin said "do what you want to Ghaddaffi, but Assad is our guy."

U.S. marines are in Jordan, on the border with Syria. That is unusual. Barry is doing what he can but his options are limited.

Anonymous dh June 09, 2013 11:38 PM  

"Former" undercover CIA agent Snowden is probably under some kind of protection.

It's very interesting how routine this little farce has become. Placing spies under "diplomatic cover" is illegal. Everyone knows that the western powers do it, but it's just an abuse of the law that no one wants to talk about.

Anonymous dh June 09, 2013 11:41 PM  

Too simple. No President has done anything substantial about Iran. Why? Putin.
Syria is not Libya. Plus, if you may recall, before Libya got trashed, there was a meeting between Putin and Barry. Putin said "do what you want to Ghaddaffi, but Assad is our guy."


You got it. This is the flexibility that Obama was talking about.

Anonymous The One June 09, 2013 11:47 PM  

Was noted on Zerohedge sudden development of epilepsy could be indicative of a brain tumor, might have nothing to lose

Anonymous Outlaw X June 09, 2013 11:51 PM  

The problem is what happens when his tourist visa runs out.

Don't kid yourself, read between the lines, he has been told something and deals have been made. He just threatened the US government without saying it. If I can figure it out, they surely can. He opened a can of worms he isn't coming back anytime soon. I think he made a tactical error. But it is his decision he made it.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein June 09, 2013 11:53 PM  

Secondly, the election of Barack Obama in 2008 gave him hope that there would be real reforms, rendering disclosures unnecessary…

Mr Snowden,
Surely, you can't be serious?

Also...no high school diploma, yet making $200K a year with access to all that classified info. Something just doesn't add up. This guy is like the Lee Harvey Oswald of whistle-blowing.

Blogger bded79 June 09, 2013 11:53 PM  

Very good For Today video. metalcore.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqI0q89_Xa0
Edward Snowden will be in my prayers.

Anonymous stats79 June 09, 2013 11:58 PM  

"Syria is not Libya. Plus, if you may recall, before Libya got trashed, there was a meeting between Putin and Barry. Putin said "do what you want to Ghaddaffi, but Assad is our guy."

So we were so worried about Putin that we went ahead and financed a civil war in Syria? Putin didn't put the fear of God into Obama until just recently. But he's between a rock and a hard place. Neo-cons, nee Zionists, are making it clear that unless he unleashes the dogs of war in Syria and Iran, they will destroy him.

Anonymous p-dawg June 10, 2013 12:06 AM  

@The One: I would recommend a service such as BTguard or another anonymizing proxy service. Make sure they either don't keep logs, or keep useless ones. I use it to stop traffic shaping by my ISP but it works for privacy, too.

Blogger eidolon hope June 10, 2013 12:06 AM  

And what if this leak leads to a weakening of Internet, as opposed to merely national, security leaving us free game for other nations. Has something of this magnitude happened in China, for instance? Would love to hear opinions from those more knowledgable.

Anonymous zen0 June 10, 2013 12:15 AM  

So we were so worried about Putin that we went ahead and financed a civil war in Syria?

Yes. A whole lot different than declaring no-fly zones, plus, the U.S. are not the only ones financing the "rebels", and they were not the first.

The U.S. is not going to go head to head with Russia. Period. End of story.

If the Zionists want to they will be on their own, no matter how much people believe they wag the dog. The Saudis have more influence with Obama than the double secret Jewish shadow government.

Obama didn't bow to Netanyahu.

Anonymous stats79 June 10, 2013 12:17 AM  

Anonymous said,We may never know. Maybe people will die and terrorist attacks not be stopped or even worse results of this treason.

You're equating an almost infinitesimally small threat of terrorism with the Allied invasion of Europe? Really? You're more likely to die of a bee sting than a terrorist attack. Oh, the horror of Mr. Snowden's treason. The only real, palpable threat anyone in this nation really faces is from the bloated, lawless federal government headquartered in Washington, DC.

Anonymous Percy Sledge June 10, 2013 12:19 AM  

I hope there is not a attempt to raise this guy up as some kind of hero and that he is prosecuted and jailed.

Anonymous comments are not permitted. Your message will be terminated as soon as the Hammer of Thorbald wakes up.

Anonymous stats79 June 10, 2013 12:25 AM  

If the Zionists want to they will be on their own, no matter how much people believe they wag the dog. The Saudis have more influence with Obama than the double secret Jewish shadow government.

Huh, Obama's administration is full to the rafters with Zionists. Without Jewish money he would never have won the office. He has sanctioned the Iranians at the behest of Israel. Started a civil war in Syria (at the behest of Israel). And, yet, somehow, the Saudi's have more influence over this administration.

You, sir, are delusional.

Anonymous dh June 10, 2013 12:27 AM  

Also...no high school diploma, yet making $200K a year with access to all that classified info. Something just doesn't add up. This guy is like the Lee Harvey Oswald of whistle-blowing.

No one gives a crap about credentials on this stuff. When you need a tech, you get a tech. I've contracted for Booz before and they couldn't care less about your paper. Your credentials are working for them. They can be very demanding, but the pay is above average the access is great.

Anonymous paradox June 10, 2013 12:28 AM  

The jig is up. If you supported Ron Paul's presidential campaign you're with the terrorist Snowden.

Anonymous dh June 10, 2013 12:28 AM  

Anonymous said,We may never know. Maybe people will die and terrorist attacks not be stopped or even worse results of this treason.

We know that nothing serious has come from the 80B a year efforts, because in the last election it would have been used for pro-Obama propaganda. And if there had of been anything under the 2nd term of Bush, it would have been used for McCain propaganda.

Anonymous TheExpat June 10, 2013 12:35 AM  

I think he made a tactical error.

Possibly, but I think he is quite the chess player, or at least thinks like one. From watching the interview I also suspect that, if the whole thing is not a complete fake, that he is not only high enough on the IQ scale to be able to game tests and screening procedures to achieve the desired outcomes, but has the rare quality of seeing the big picture and thinking both tactically and strategically (see: chess). I think that may be why something seems off while at the same time appearing honest, because he is playing several moves ahead while appearing not to be.

Blogger ajw308 June 10, 2013 12:37 AM  

When you pay $200K to guy with no diploma you know that's the best he'll ever get and you think you own him.

Anonymous Outlaw X June 10, 2013 12:39 AM  

@paradox The jig is up. If you supported Ron Paul's presidential campaign you're with the terrorist Snowden.

I am conflicted, we have either a real stupid whistleblower or we have one that is extremely smart using running to China to help the government to strengthen laws against whistleblowers or it is just random stupid. Something really stinks here. Then we got anonymous crap going on. Time will tell.

Anonymous zen0 June 10, 2013 12:40 AM  

You, sir, are delusional.

One of us is for sure, possibly both. But my bet is that it is you.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar openly support the rebels. I can't imagine they are Zionist dupes somehow. They have known them too long to put up with their shenanigans.


Anonymous dh June 10, 2013 1:04 AM  

When you pay $200K to guy with no diploma you know that's the best he'll ever get and you think you own him.

At this level, the money is also a promise. You get used to that lifestyle. You get a nice house in Hawaii. Women are attracted to geeks with lots of disposable income. You go off the reservation, you lose the lifestyle.

Anonymous allyn71 June 10, 2013 1:13 AM  

"Huh, Obama's administration is full to the rafters with Zionists. Without Jewish money he would never have won the office. He has sanctioned the Iranians at the behest of Israel. Started a civil war in Syria (at the behest of Israel). And, yet, somehow, the Saudi's have more influence over this administration.

You, sir, are delusional." - stats79 June 10, 2013 12:25 AM

His administration might be full of Zionist but the petrodollar is supported by the Saudi's and they want Assad gone.

Don't get me wrong, Israel has no friend in Assad, but the Saudi's and Qatari's are the tail wagging the dog on this one.

For more insight that CNBC won't tell you, look into the natural gas pipeline that Qatar wants to put through Syria and Turkey into the EU and look at who is currently supplying the methane to the EU. It will explain a lot about the Syria situation.

Russia doesn't want to give up its monopoly and Qatar and the Saudi's want to muscle in on the action. Syria just happens to be right in the middle of it all. Follow the money.

Anonymous liljoe June 10, 2013 1:28 AM  

"Maybe people will die and terrorist attacks not be stopped or even worse results of this treason."

Yeah, like the Boston Marathon bombing...oh wait.

Anonymous nick digger June 10, 2013 1:34 AM  

no high school diploma, yet making $200K a year...Something just doesn't add up.

Exactly. Because when you fill a $200k position, the first thing you look for on the resume, is a H.S. diploma.

How many brilliant homeschooled kids bother to get a diploma? And everyone is aware of the Bill Gateses who dropped out of formal education and wound up making empires.

Anonymous Mr. Snowden June 10, 2013 1:45 AM  

"Mr Snowden,
Surely, you can't be serious?"

I am serious. And don't call me Surely

Anonymous Hermit June 10, 2013 1:47 AM  

OT: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/09/colorado-county-proposes-51st-state-north-colorado/

Anonymous Roundtine June 10, 2013 2:32 AM  

It gives China a big PR coup, so they have a reason to do it. However, the question is can he trust the Chinese? I wonder if some years down the line he will be traded for captured Chinese spies.

I don't think Hong Kong really counts as China though, because it is far too open. He's not safe from an extrajudicial rendition in HK.

The idea that he go to Sweden, as the CIA guy says in that video, is laughable. The entire West is a an American suzerainty, and much of the rest of the world will bend if asked. If he went to Sweden, he'd be charged with rape within a fortnight.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus June 10, 2013 2:37 AM  

Well said, Vox Day.

Blogger Markku June 10, 2013 2:42 AM  

Remember, people, even if you use Tor, some of your online activities will remain on your hard drive. Windows could easily have a back door that goes regularly through them and sends them to the NSA. But a Linux liveCD (DVD really, it's just called that for historical reasons) uses your RAM as its storage. When you boot back to Windows, it's all gone.

Don't be scared by Linux. It's difficult when you use it as your sole operating system and are responsible for administering it. But a liveCD is an environment that has already been administered by someone else and that always starts from the same starting point regarding the programs and configurations in it.

Blogger Remo June 10, 2013 3:37 AM  

I did a search for Edward Snowden traitor and came across little in the way of sympathy for the government or outright condemnation for him. Most of the comments if they were negative ran along the lines of "He put others in danger" which drew immediately replies of "Yes he did, the others on his team will likely be tortured by the Obama administration to get information about him". There is not a lot of government boot licking going on at least on the internet.

It seems the powers that be have decided that there will be a police state but that Obama will not be the one running it. This incident will be fodder for late night TV for a few days, everyone will have a laugh, then Snowden if they care at all will quietly have an unrelated accident. At this point it might be best for the first African to simply get on the tube and urge all the brothers to attack whitey now if he wants to stay in power. Pass out rifles to all his loyal subjects in prison and open the gates. It would make quite a mess and what better way for the next dictator in chief to require house to house searches for guns.

Blogger Remo June 10, 2013 3:45 AM  

When I worked for Booz they absolutely required a Bachelors degree minimum and in his case it needs to be technical. You needed a masters to go from level 2 to level 3 and up and I got one while working for Booz. How he managed to pull down 200k a year with no H.S. diploma is beyond me. The only way I can think of it is he already had inside access and permission from the NSA.

The papers you have determine how much Booz can bill your time to the government for on an hourly basis. Masters is more than Bachelors and technical certifications (Microsoft Certified Architect), MCSE, CCIE, add to this but those are not as great as University credentials. Your major determines if you are fit to go into a certain position that the government publishes and its all very bureaucratic. I can't think of how this guy got to where he was in Booz without the college papers. I did not know *anyone* even the janitor in the Mclean office HQ that had anything less than a B.A.

Anonymous President Honeypot June 10, 2013 5:39 AM  

watch the other hand comrades

Anonymous Peter Garstig June 10, 2013 6:20 AM  

Doesn't matter at all. For all I can observe, most people simply don't care, as long as they are not affected directly. And they can't connect the dots, even if they wanted to.

Did any I-net traffic go down? Did The traffic change? The Only thing i could observe is a slight increase in I2P nodes.

All This increase in information availability just stimulated the common man's ability to ignore the important, and to trust their info-cooks. Bon App.

Blogger Eric Mueller June 10, 2013 8:05 AM  

He's definitely a hero.

I've decided I'm less afraid of the government (which I expect this kind of crap from) than I am of the people who think what the government is doing is a good thing.

Blogger Nate June 10, 2013 8:22 AM  

"Don't kid yourself, read between the lines, he has been told something and deals have been made. He just threatened the US government without saying it"

This.

There is something far... far worse... that he's already sent to the Guardian... or has in some other delivery mechanism that will go out if they take him.

He's dropped hint after hint. There is something worse than all this. But he's not saying it yet. Every time he says, "I don't want to give out any information that will put someone in harms way." In other words... "I know where every spook you have is bitches... and if you fuck with me... I'm telling China."

Anonymous Athor Pel June 10, 2013 8:39 AM  

"TontoBubbaGoldstein June 09, 2013 11:53 PM
...
Also...no high school diploma, yet making $200K a year with access to all that classified info. Something just doesn't add up. This guy is like the Lee Harvey Oswald of whistle-blowing."




I have no idea what Snowden did in his jobs but I can tell you one thing, having particular security clearances from the military opens lots of doors. It's a much bigger hurdle than a degree, undergraduate or graduate.

Having military training plus a clearance guarantees earnest interest from some defense contractors. It's a back door so to speak.

For a civilian to get the same job he would have to jump through many more hoops. The biggest hurdle being, he would need to prove he was worth the expense of a background check, which can run into 6 figures, something already clearance holding former military walk in the door with. When you're running a for-profit business that kind of thing is important.

Blogger Markku June 10, 2013 8:40 AM  

Now this needs to be a meme.

Blogger James Dixon June 10, 2013 8:48 AM  

> OK, if I'm the only one whose comments keep disappearing, is it really a bug?

Probably not. Are you running a script blocking add-on?

> ...ILK are saying TOR is useless...

No. We're saying it won't prevent your communications from being recorded. Those aren't the same things.

The only really good option I can see at this point is an encrypted link out of the US to a country who doesn't care what goat porn you surf. And even that won't help with email. Email will require end to end encryption. GPG should fill that bill. It's the open source equivalent of PGP.

Blogger Markku June 10, 2013 8:55 AM  

Rule of thumb with TOR is that if the PTB are already taking an active interest in you, they will be able to find out what you did by spending considerable resources. But if you just have something like "anti-establishment neoreactionary" in your file, your activities almost certainly won't cause triggers like they would if you hadn't used TOR. Then they'll have to go out of their way to find out, instead of having the information automatically delivered to them.

Blogger Markku June 10, 2013 9:01 AM  

In other words, use it.

Even if the worst case it will waste huge amounts of their resources and helps the cause of freedom. Just don't rely on its security if you are going to look at certain kinds of information.

Anonymous DrTorch June 10, 2013 9:07 AM  

Snowden is a hero IMO. I'd like to see the local Rachael Carson Middle School renamed for him.

Blogger James Dixon June 10, 2013 9:26 AM  

> In other words, use it.

Yes.

There are two issues here. The recording of your communications and the ability to track those communications back to you.

It seems that a lot of people don't know exactly what TOR does.

The Wikipedia entry should provide some enlightenment:

Tor (originally short for The Onion Router)[5] is free software for enabling online anonymity. Tor directs Internet traffic through a free, worldwide volunteer network consisting of thousands of relays to conceal a user's location or usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis. Using Tor makes it more difficult to trace Internet activity, including "visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages and other communication forms", back to the user [6] and is intended to protect users' personal privacy, freedom, and ability to conduct confidential business by keeping their internet activities from being monitored.

Simplifying the above: What it does is encrypt the traffic between you and the last TOR endpoint, and routes it anonymously.

This makes it much harder to track the information back to you, but the information still goes to the destination unencrypted. And if the destination or TOR endpoint is in the US, the data will be recorded.

An VPN tunnel outside of the country will encrypt your traffic from end to end, and if the country/VPN provider is trustworthy it will prevent the recording of that information (unless your communicating with a destination in the US, of course).

I don't know of any way to browse a common US website and not have that information recorded. Even https traffic is probably recorded, though they'll have to break the encryption to see what was transmitted.

Blogger James Dixon June 10, 2013 9:57 AM  

OK. Second try. The first one got eaten by gremlins.

> In other words, use it.

Yes.

For those who actually want to understand it, the Wikipedia article on TOR may be useful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_%28anonymity_network%29

The sort story is that it encrypts your data and anonymously routes it until it exits the TOR network. But for the final stage of the trip, your data is unencrypted. This means it's a lot harder to track the data back to you, but it can still be recorded and analyzed.

A VPN tunnel to an outside country encrypts your data and (assuming you can trust both the provider and country) keeps it from being recorded. But that only works if you don't browse US web sites. :(

I don't know of any way to browse US websites without your data being recorded. Even https traffic is probably recorded, though they would have to decrypt it to actually see what was transmitted.

Blogger Markku June 10, 2013 10:02 AM  

I don't know of any way to browse US websites without your data being recorded.

The data is obviously recorded, but I can't think of any way to connect it with YOU except by going through extreme amounts of trouble. Unless of course you send something personally identifiable in the data itself, like mention your name or address.

Anonymous dh June 10, 2013 10:04 AM  

The papers you have determine how much Booz can bill your time to the government for on an hourly basis. Masters is more than Bachelors and technical certifications (Microsoft Certified Architect), MCSE, CCIE, add to this but those are not as great as University credentials. Your major determines if you are fit to go into a certain position that the government publishes and its all very bureaucratic. I can't think of how this guy got to where he was in Booz without the college papers. I did not know *anyone* even the janitor in the Mclean office HQ that had anything less than a B.A.

I never visited VA except when I was hired. My experience is that field posting with agencies is a much different story. I have the proper paper, but many of my colleagues did not. I think it has to do with the contract. I think the number of properly papered people willing to be posted to Helmand is somewhat constrained.

Anonymous dh June 10, 2013 10:20 AM  

The data is obviously recorded, but I can't think of any way to connect it with YOU except by going through extreme amounts of trouble. Unless of course you send something personally identifiable in the data itself, like mention your name or address.

Marku, remember a few years back when AOL released it's "anonymous" search data? Hundreds of people were quickly identified out of that disclosure of information, it did not contain personal information. That was just using open sources to cross reference.

Blogger Markku June 10, 2013 10:23 AM  

Marku, remember a few years back when AOL released it's "anonymous" search data?

Sure, but that data was only "anonymous" to the degree of a company swearing, cross their heart and hope to die, that they won't tell anybody what database id in this table is connected with the id in that. There is no similar entity to betray us with TOR, since there is no single entity it goes through.

Anonymous DrTorch June 10, 2013 10:38 AM  

This makes me proud. I worked for Booz for five years and likely still would be if not for a nasty divorce. I applaud this man. There were plenty of Quislings and toadies there to be sure but I worked with lots of people of conscience also. The Booz hiring process was extreme and it was easy to get rejected even if you had the technical and business acumen. Now watch as upper management works to weed out people who believe that freedom matters.

I'm a former Boozer too. Company always treated me well, but can't say that was true for everyone there.

I imagaine their security officers are going to catch hell for this. But in the end, they hired a guy who did the right thing.

I'd like to see them keep that up.

As for needing a BS... the EAs didn't always need one, they were on a different scale than the consultants. I knew various level 3s w/ only a BS.

Anonymous dh June 10, 2013 10:50 AM  

There is no similar entity to betray us with TOR, since there is no single entity it goes through.
True, but just because it doesn't have your name on it doesn't mean it can't be traced back to you. People traced the AOL stuff based only the content of the searches - no meta data whatsoever.

Anonymous Anonagain June 10, 2013 11:13 AM  

Probably not. Are you running a script blocking add-on?

This can't be caused by anything on the client side. The comments are always saved in the blog's database and are displayed. Then when I refresh the page, they're no longer there, like they were never submitted. It doesn't happen every time I submit a comment, and I can't reproduce it. The bug appears to be indeterminate and it only started happening two days ago.

I'll be saving this comment in a text file because it's become so common that I can't be sure if the comment will "stick".

Blogger James Dixon June 10, 2013 1:53 PM  

> This can't be caused by anything on the client side. The comments are always saved in the blog's database and are displayed. Then when I refresh the page, they're no longer there, like they were never submitted.

Don't be so sure. :) I run noscript, and I had the exact same problem when the blog moved to the blogger commenting system. The post would show up, but would disappear on a refresh.

It turned out it was never actually posting. I had to enable scripts google.com, blogger.com, and blogspot.com, and google-analytics.com before comments would post properly. I'm not certain google-analytics.com is actually required though.

Anonymous Anonagain June 10, 2013 2:16 PM  

It turned out it was never actually posting.

If others can see my temporary comments, they are being stored in the database. Markku saw my comments when he refreshed the page, then disappear on a subsequent refresh.

Also, nothing has changed on my end as far what I'm running on this machine, and never had problems until two days ago.

No, there's no way this is a client-side issue. And so far today, I've not had any problems with vanishing comments.

Anonymous Peter Garstig June 10, 2013 3:12 PM  

There is no similar entity to betray us with TOR, since there is no single entity it goes through.

Don't kid yourself. Look up Browser fingerprints and go from there. You habe To take extreme measures not To be tracked online, Form OS To Browser To ISP etc. TOR only gives false security. You Connect To Google through Tor? You're tracked anyhow.

Blogger James Dixon June 10, 2013 3:19 PM  

> If others can see my temporary comments, they are being stored in the database. Markku saw my comments when he refreshed the page, then disappear on a subsequent refresh.

OK, I'll buy that. If someone else can see them, they're being deleted somehow. Mine never actually showed up as far as I could tell, even though I could see them in my browser.

Anonymous Khyron June 10, 2013 8:56 PM  

Re: TOR.

Tor is Anonymous, but not Private - malicious bad actors and snoops can exist in the network. Peter Gastling is correct about browser fingerprints.

To avoid the fingerprint problem, I would suggest using TAILS https://tails.boum.org/ linux distro. It is a Live linux CD preconfigured to use TOR.

Anonymous hausfrau June 11, 2013 12:55 AM  

Anonymous,
Exactly what would it take for you to believe we are living in a police state? Perhaps we should just outright abolish the Fourth Amendment, you know, for our own safety?

Blogger Bosefus June 11, 2013 1:13 AM  

It's kinda like posting on Vox Day... but who would want to live in a world with out him?

Of course you are are my bright little star... you're magnetic tape!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=WTHoKEd-Gjo

Blogger Scott June 11, 2013 2:05 AM  

Is anybody else bothered that this is the 4th major scandal inside a few weeks? Fish school together because it helps them individually by being difficult to get singled out by a predator. What is the probability that 4 unrelated major scandals surface all at once? The figure must be astronomical. Or could it be that the Obama admin is so corrupt and diseased that each successive scandal builds encouragement for another person to come forward? Often it only takes one guy to be honest, it's contagious. I dunno.

Blogger Bosefus June 11, 2013 2:10 AM  

Am I bothered?... lol...
Whoopee What are we fightin for?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuUBCF3KKxc

They hid in it in the attic on a shelf...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDhLYJMPlYg

Screw em... city slickers don't know country ways.

Blogger Bosefus June 11, 2013 2:21 AM  

Up come two cats in a cadilac.. hey Im in.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=DprmuBbi0N0&feature=endscreen

Blogger Bosefus June 11, 2013 2:36 AM  

I love hearing people say it's a beatiful day today...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dhq7OIOlmPY

I just love it.

Blogger Bosefus June 11, 2013 2:50 AM  

If Im going down... then I knew these guys...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M5YE_a4B1U

Anonymous Peter Garstig June 11, 2013 3:16 AM  

To avoid the fingerprint problem, I would suggest using TAILS https://tails.boum.org/ linux distro. It is a Live linux CD preconfigured to use TOR.

That's quite stupid. Like running around in camouflage amongst a crowd of naked people. You can wave the red flag if you like.

How unique do you think the TAILS fingerprint will be? It's a data anylsists dream.

All everyone has to do is intersect your TAILS fingerprint with your online activity from your ISP and they know who you are and most probably what you did with TOR (if you don't have full control over the endpoint)

Online, the herd is your protection, as crazy as it sounds. Not that it'll offer alot of it.

You're only chance is going dark. Either completely off-line (including cell phones) or if you must, darknets like I2P without in and out proxies (not fully safe either, mind you).

Anonymous Lysander Spooner June 11, 2013 7:47 AM  

Raise the Black Flag, and hang the traitors of The Rights of Men.

Blogger Markku June 11, 2013 12:01 PM  

How unique do you think the TAILS fingerprint will be?

There is no TAILS fingerprint. It is merely a vanilla Linux designed to completely forget everything it has ever done when you switch the power off. You will reveal that you are a Linux user, but nothing further.

Blogger James Dixon June 11, 2013 12:16 PM  

> There is no TAILS fingerprint.

Oh, there's a TAILS fingerprint. But they'll all be the same. Which is what you want.

This is a recent article linked to by LXer dealing with this problem: http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2013/06/11/got-a-prism-and-boundless-informant-problem-whisper-and-tor-can-help/

RedPhone sounds very interesting.

Anonymous Saint Revolution June 11, 2013 9:38 PM  


Explain to me, Kirsten Austin Powers Talking Head(Giver), how the hell we not only managed, but prospered, for two and a half centuries without this kind of unconstitutional criminal government super overreach...but suddenly now we need Gladys Kravitz NSA to poke their overpaid underworked neurotic paranoid delusional illegal unaccountable dicks into the glory hole of oligarchial tyrannical totalitarianism.

Snowden, on the contrary, is not only NOT a traitor, but, in fact, is the penultimate patriot and revolutionary. Without firing a shot, Snowden has committed THE needed cold reboot of the mechanism of American intelligence, polling all I/O ports for proper port protocol 'round the world.

Testicles the size of The Liberty Bell...each.

I salute him.

GodSpeed, Snowden.


Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave,
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O, thus be it ever when free men shall stand,
Between their lov'd homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land,
Praise The Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
THEN CONQUER WE MUST, WHEN OUR CAUSE IS JUST,
And this be our motto: "IN GOD IS OUR TRUST",
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From ev'ry mountainside,
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees,
Sweet freedom's song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers' God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom's holy light,
PROTECT US BY THY MIGHT,
GREAT GOD OUR KING.

Blogger AMDG June 11, 2013 10:38 PM  

Maybe, but those communications would not be privileged due to crime/fraud exception.

Anonymous Peter Garstig June 12, 2013 5:50 AM  

Oh, there's a TAILS fingerprint. But they'll all be the same. Which is what you want.

That only makes sense if everyone else is using TAILS too. If you are only one of a few, you'll stick out. And I guess there aren't many TAILS users.

Your best bet against identification with browser/os fingerprinting is using your browser in the default settings (like most people are using it).

Blogger James Dixon June 12, 2013 11:32 AM  

> And I guess there aren't many TAILS users.

Who knows, though there are probably more than you think. Even a couple of thousand would be enough to cause problems for those trying to track you.

Anonymous Geoff June 15, 2013 9:51 PM  

TAILS, TOR, Linux LIVECD....

why don't we just go back to a letter in an envelope closed with a wax seal?

Someone tell me where the last Caucasian enclave in the world will be so I can move there before the real estate prices get ridiculous...

Anonymous Ben Arnold June 22, 2013 7:15 AM  

Wouldn't it be cool if he were your daddy's cellmate?

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