Daniel Ellsberg, former whistleblower,commends Snowden for having leaked the most important material of our time.
Ellsberg points out that: “The fact that congressional leaders were “briefed” on this and went along with it, without any open debate, hearings, staff analysis, or any real chance for effective dissent, only shows how broken the system of checks and balances is in this country.”
Ellsberg hopes that Snowden will have inspired more whistleblowers to come forward to expose the NSA and the secret dealings of the federal government so that they cannot continue to operate in the shadows.
The American Civil Liberties Union, who is a customer of the Verizon Business network Services, has filed a lawsuit against the US government “charging that the [PRISM] program violates Americans’ constitutional rights of free speech, association, and privacy.”
According to the ACLU’s website : “[The] complaint filed today explains that the dragnet surveillance the government is carrying out under Section 215 infringes upon the ACLU’s First Amendment rights, including the twin liberties of free expression and free association. The nature of the ACLU’s work—in areas like access to reproductive services, racial discrimination, the rights of immigrants, national security, and more—means that many of the people who call the ACLU wish to keep their contact with the organization confidential. Yet if the government is collecting a vast trove of ACLU phone records—and it has reportedly been doing so for as long as seven years—many people may reasonably think twice before communicating with us.”
As of now, Snowden is missing from the hotel in Hong Kong. It is known that Snowden checked out of the hotel, yet where he went is a mystery.
The mainstream media is endeavoring to discover who whistleblower Edward Snowden is.
MSM describes him as “a high school dropout turned analyst with high-level security clearance.”
Snowden is the son of Elizabeth Snowden “chief deputy clerk for administration and information technology for US District Court in Baltimore.”
He grew up in North Carolina and spent time in Maryland with his mother. His father is Lonnie Glenn Snowden, former member of the Coast Guard.
Reports say that Snowden dropped out of high school in his sophomore year and attended Anne Arundel Community College for 6 years, yet never obtained a degree.
Senator Barbara Mikulski has questions about how Snowden, who was a high-school dropout “gained a top-secret clearance and access to high-level government secrets.”
An internal review has been initiated to discern the “potential damage to national security” that Snowden caused by coming forth about the NSA’s PRISM program.
The purpose of the review will find “whether the leaks have compromised sources or surveillance methods, and would likely look for chatter among intelligence targets to see if the leaks have prompted them to change tactics.”
A public review of the secret data mining conducted by the federal government on Americans will most likely not manifest because of the “threat” to national security.
Jay Carney, press secretary for the Obama administration claims that the president is interested “in having the debate and the legitimacy of asking probing questions about these matters.”
Carney also revealed that the Obama administration has “strengthened protections for government workers who come forward through proper channels to air concerns.”
A by-product of Snowden’s revelation has prompted US defense contractors such as Boeing to issue reminders to employees “about the importance of proper handling of classified or sensitive information.”
Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) asserts that the Obama administration has gone back on his 2008 campaign promise to “extend whistleblower protections to national-security workers.”
Kohn, who spoke with Norman Eisen, classmate of Obama, said: “I confronted Norm … that there had been a promise to protect national security whistleblowers and let them have access to court. He told me to my face that the administration was not going to honor that promise, and I was free to tell the world that they broke it. That’s what he said. The White House completely reversed their position. So the Enhancement Act that he is now praising does not cover NSA, CIA among others — it completely stripped out all protections for national security whistleblowers.”
Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that the PRISM program “uses pattern analysis of millions of phone calls from the United States, even if those numbers have no known connection to terrorism.”
An anonymous law enforcement official said that the federal government is building a case against Snowden. The nature of the charges has not been decided; yet this person believes that it is “unlikely that Snowden would be charged with treason, which carries the death penalty as a punishment, and therefore could complicate extradition from foreign countries.”
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