Double game

Ludwig von Gress

 Whenever The Guardian comes out on the side of human rights, privacy and openness, everybody knows or ought to know that those Marxist relics mean more rights and privacy for themselves; and greater openness from everybody else. Thus when Edward Snowden selected for his lucrative exposé the extreme Left publicationsThe Guardian and the Washington Post the credibility of which is about as high as that of Julia Gillard, one smells a red rat or a red herring.

 Additionally, the timing was suspicious to me. After all, I recall reading something similar in the Information Technology section of The Australian a long time ago when I still occasionally used to borrow that doomed paper. True, Snowden provided more details, but the practice of governments routinely and massively spying on its citizens is known to all except those who stubbornly don’t want to know. A blind trust in a so called democratically elected government means less stressful life without pain of thinking.

 So why now? The most likely explanation is that somewhere else something potentially more damaging to Obama’s master plan is happening and thus we are treated to the well practised sleight of hand to attract public attention elsewhere. It is no skin off his nose. He can, as always, blame G W Bush, the rogue agencies or, if he is kind, just rogue elements in those agencies. The public by now is brainwashed into believing that CIA, NSA or FBI always do nasty things at the biding of conservative Republican administrations, but never would for the progressive Democrat one.

The other possibility is that President Xi Jinping, about to meet with President Obama at Rancho Mirage (how appropriate!), decided to sacrifice a low level informant for the greater good of Communist China. The revelation of US spying, old hat but dramatically beaten up by the obedient and properly directed “free” media could take some sting off the accusations of un-precedented cyber warfare Communist China is waging against the remnants of the non-Communist world. Likelihood of such accusation by Obama is exceedingly small, of course. His main problem is the question of how low he should bow to the dictator.

 It also occurred to me that Obama himself could have organised the medial distraction in order to manufacture an excuse for not pushing Xi too hard or not at all. Not all US media eat out of Obama’s hand as yet. It is not as fanciful as it may appear at first glance. The man does not blush when he uses the deaths of American citizens for his political goals. Snowden who? Snowball? Snowjob? What difference does it make?

 At the moment, Snowden is a hero of the left lap dog media. I doubt we will see the same touching admiration when we finally get whistle-blowers from Internal Revenue Service, Service Employees International Union, Federal Emergency Management Agency and other Obama’s Order enforcement organisation, not to mention a whistleblower from the Inner Circle. For sure he/she won’t be a transparency and democracy desiring whistleblower, but a traitor. Or dead.



The interview with former CIA officer Robert Baer on CNN:

 FREDRICKA WHITFIELD: And apparently he was formally a technical assistant for the CIA. He has been working for a defense contractor, one that has offices in Atlanta, Hawaii, as well as in Virginia. And he has apparently been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of one of those contractors. So, he clearly had access to this kind of information and reveals that he thought it was the right thing to do in which to reveal it. But that he chose Hong Kong to, in which to flee, to find safe haven, tells you what about maybe the support that he might be getting, about taking this information and publicizing it?

BAER: Well, here’s the problem, is that Hong Kong is controlled by Chinese intelligence. It’s not an independent part of China at all. You know, I’ve talked toa bunch of people in Washington today in official positions and they are looking at this as a potential Chinese espionage case. And I’m not saying this because I disagree or agree or believe it had enough prisms is necessarily a good thing or this whole program. It is simply that it was unwise of him to go to Hong Kong to do this.

On the face of it, it looks like it is under some sort of Chinese control, especially with the president meeting the premier today. You have to ask what’s going on. I mean,China is not a friendly country and every aspect of that country is controlled, so why Hong Kong? Why didn’t he go to Sweden? Or if he really wanted to make a statement, he should have done it on Capitol Hill.I’m, you know, we don’t know yet, but you can count on it the FBI and the CIA is looking at this now as potential counterintelligence problem.

WHITFIELD: And if indeed Hong Kong finding refuge there would make it very difficult for the United States to actually extradite him. Given that the president of the United States and the president of China have been meeting all weekend long, you have to wonder whether the dialogue is changing about how and which the U.S. would be able to get their hands on Edward Snowden, how they would be able to strike some sort of a chord or agreement so that the department of justice or other entities or agencies would be able to pursue him.

BAER: We’ll never get him from China. There is not a chance. He will disappear there. He won’t be able to go anywhere else.I can’t believe a TV interview was done there in Hong Kong without some sort of knowledge of the Chinese.They’re not about to send him to the United States and the CIA is not going to render him, as he said in the tape, is not going to try to grab him there. It is not going to happen.

It almost seems to me that this was a pointed affront to the United States on the day the president is meeting the Chinese leader, telling us, listen, quit complaining about espionage and getting on the internet and you know, our hacking. You are doing the same thing. I can see the Chinese doing that.



About Ludwig von Gress

Born in communist Europe, interested in defence matters on a macro scale, with a cavalry “devil may care spirit” from his grandfather and cautious effectiveness of asymmetric warfare approach from his guerilla father. He sometimes despairs that he may be the only one taking the defence of Australia seriously.
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4 Responses to Double game

  1. Taurus says:

    From Mark Steyn: “John Yoo writes below about prosecuting NSA leaker Edward Snowden, and observes en passant:

    If he is a spy — it is amazing that someone with such little education and background was given such extensive security clearance — he may well continue running abroad.

    John knows government from the inside as well as anyone, so I don’t know why it would be “amazing” at all. Over 4 million people hold US security clearances: That’s the equivalent of giving security clearances to the entire population of New Zealand. According to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, a total of 642,831 people were approved for Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret clearances in FY 2010 alone (scroll down to page five).

    You know the way the bureaucracy works, John: How seriously do you think those two-thirds-of-a-million people were looked at? The report seems to suggest a turnover of about 600,000 in a typical year, which means that the actual number of Americans with some kind of security clearance from the last half-decade alone could be closer to seven million.

    Even more amazing are the words immediately preceding that:

    The number of clearances approved could not be obtained for FY 2009 . . .

    So the same government that presumes the right to know my phone calls, my emails and my MasterCard purchases doesn’t know how many security clearances it issued in a given year.

    The rationale given by defenders of this system over the last few days — oh, relax; there are over 300 million of us; the government doesn’t have time to comb through all the stuff it’s got on you — would seem to apply here: When 4 million people have security clearances, and another 1,800 people are getting new security clearances every day, the government doesn’t even have time to comb through them before it lets them comb through you.

    Over at Powerline, Scott Johnson writes of Mr Snowden:

    Read the Guardian profile and the Post articles and you will see that Snowden professes no loyalty to the United States. He conceives of himself as a citizen of the world, or of the realm of Digitalia. He does not sound like anyone to be trusted with an assessment on our behalf the costs and benefits of the course of action he has undertaken.

    Just so. One reason for the citizenry not to entrust its personal information to the government is that the big, bloated, blundering government is stupid enough to entrust it to Edward Snowden, as it was previously stupid enough to entrust it to Bradley Manning (the Wikileaks leaker). It’s only a matter of time before the halfwit leviathan entrusts it to a Major Hasan or a Tamerlan Tsarnaev.”

  2. Globo says:

    And from Cliff Kincaid:
    “My friends, we need more surveillance of Marxist and Islamist groups in the U.S.

    Now if you have evidence that Obama is using the NSA terrorist surveillance program to monitor and harass conservatives, show it to me. We have that evidence in the IRS scandal but not here.

    We have to be able to separate these scandals and understand that there are those, like Alex Jones, who want to confuse and mislead us.

    Please use your heads and stay with me for a moment.

    I am amazed at some “patriots” and “conservatives” who want to celebrate this NSA traitor Edward Snowden. They seem to think his disclosures somehow hurt Obama. They don’t. Instead, they hurt the United States. Former Ambassador John Bolton says it best:

    Bolton told Newsmax TV: “Treason is the only crime defined in the Constitution and it talks about waging war against the United States — which this is — and giving aid and comfort to our enemies, and God knows they’ve gotten a lot of aid and comfort from this release.”

    Now, I have concerns about Obama’s use of this information, and whether he is really using it to target terrorists. But I have no evidence at this time he is using the program to target conservatives, Christians, or patriots.

    The terrorist surveillance program is legitimate, valid, lawful, and constitutional. It was started under Bush and approved by Congress.

    In this case, you have to be a serious, thinking conservative. Don’t jump to conclusions based on sensational headlines and self-serving statements from the leaker, who broke the law. The “leaker” in this case supported Obama and gave money to Ron Paul for president. Ron Paul talks like the far-left on foreign policy issues. As a Congressman, he appeared on Iranian Press TV and Russia Today (RT). He thinks we are to blame for Muslim terrorism. Nonsense.

    The political left is using this controversy to subvert or even eliminate a program to protect the American people from terrorism. The program is designed to follow and monitor foreign terrorists with U.S. connections.

    That’s why you find the Soros-funded “Free Press” organization launching a “Stop Spying on Us” Campaign. On Thursday, the far-left groups are holding a press conference and protest “against FBI and NSA spying.” They include the Defending Dissent Foundation, CODEPINK, Washington Peace Center, and Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

    Some of these groups constitute Obama’s base. Their target is not really Obama but rather the CIA and the FBI. They want to destroy law enforcement and the intelligence community.

    If they undermine this NSA program, the beneficiaries will be terrorists and foreign agents for China and Russia. That explains why China is protecting Snowden and Russian wants to give him a home.

    I repeat: we need more surveillance of Marxist and Islamist groups in the U.S.

    We may not get that under Obama, because the trail leads to the oval office, but we have to maintain the program in place when we finally have a president who will use it to target our enemies.

    Don’t let your hatred of Obama blind you to the utility of this NSA program.

    I take a back seat to no one when it comes to exposing Obama; we did so in 2008, with press conferences on his communist connections. Nobody did more than America’s Survival to expose the foreign connections of this president.

    But we must not castrate our intelligence community in order to claim a phony “victory” against Obama by making a hero out of a punk who betrayed the U.S. by leaking secrets to a far-left homosexual journalist named Glenn Greenwald.

    Don’t fall for the rhetoric from those “conservatives” and libertarians playing into the hands of the left.”

  3. Geoff Williams says:

    Pretty good assesment. It is not about citizens’ privacy.

  4. Ray Jackson says:

    It will be some time before we learn the truth about this latest dizinformatsia.

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