H/t: @Knishette for video link
"I do feel conflicted..."
Me too. But not about outsourcing to private contractors.
Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
The basic premise is the same: Snowden is a traitor who has done the US grievous harm.
But what about what Snowden has revealed, along with former NSA and other intelligence agency whistleblowers, that basically every US citizen is a target or potential target for spying, without sufficient oversight of America's vast infrastructure of spying agencies? Isn't this a fundamental constitutional issue?
If you look at the government DC "conventional wisdom" that Snowden gave the Guardian UK, through Glenn Greenwald, information that harmed the national security of the United States, what exactly is it that makes us more vulnerable that he revealed?
If you haven't seen "Zero Dark Thirty," rent it. It's worth noting that what is detailed in the film about the CIA and NSA tracking down Osama bin Laden through his most trusted courier provides enormous information to "our enemies" about the operations and methods used to locate terrorists. And the script, as we reported yesterday was written with the full cooperation of the CIA and its affiliated agencies, as well as the Pentagon.
Then you have the book written by a member of the SEALs team that killed Osama bin Laden. Was that soldier in any way threatened with prosecution?
But the mere notion, whatever Snowden's motivations, that revealing a spying apparatus that is the intelligence gathering version of a permanent war on the privacy of Americans and citizens abroad is worthy of debate apparently has escaped the attention of the Washington Post. [...]
[W]ho can possibly think that it won't be long, if is not currently happening, that other nations (think of China's advance computer hacking and encryption capabilities) will be ferreting out the NSA's "secret" information on Americans and others? [...]
How long does one think any of this massive database of information and phone recordings are going to remain secret with widely dispersed access...? I read the other day -- whether 100 percent accurate or not it indicates the enormity of the challenge of keeping widespread secrets secret -- that more than a million government employees and private consultants have high-level security clearance.
Please read the entire post here.