Obama’s Hypocrisy on Snowden
A great medieval poet, troubled by lost loves and a spate of global warming during the Middle Ages, lamented “but where are the snows of yesteryear.”
That was Francois Villon (1431-1463) writing “mais ou sont les neiges d’antan”
That’s not our problem. Despite the hot air from the likes of Al Gore, ambient global temperatures are actually lower now than during the Middle Ages, and there is evidence we may actually be entering another period of global cooling.
So, “global warming” aside, we have plenty of snows, Snowdens and snow-jobs both this year and last year.
We are being snowed—played for suckers—both by supposed “whistle blower” Edward Snowden and by the “transparent” truth-telling team of President Barack H. Obama (hint: the “H” does NOT stand for Honest).
Much of Snowden’s revelations of U.S. national security secrets shows that his aims were not pure: he got hired in order to penetrate U.S. security, he became an ally of anarchist Julian Assange, he went to China, he stayed inRussia, he planned to go Venezuela, and he also revealed secret operations against Iran’s nuclear program.
The list showing he was not a truthful whistleblower is long. It suggests Snowden’s means and motives are as pure as week-old snow in Manhattan.
Snowden claimed he wanted to stop U.S. government spying on U.S. citizens, but he could have done a lot more good with a lot less revelation, and he could have stayed home and easily taken advantage of the “whistleblower” laws and the office of Inspector General inside various branches of the U.S. government.
Snowden also could have leaked to reputable U.S. newspapers like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times or Washington Post, who would have vetted his charges. Snowden went elsewhere, because he did NOT want to be checked.
President Obama knew from the outset that Snowden was a serious security breach, not the “29-year-old hacker” Obama pretended (badly!!!) he was in a statement a few weeks ago. Yet, when Obama thinks of damage control, he worries about the damage to his reputation rather than damage to secret counter-terror programs and data.
America’s commander-in-chief does not want to admit that his “friends” in the governments of China and Russia (remember that “re-start” promised by Obama and Hillary Clinton) are working hard to grab U.S. national security assets and welcomed Snowden’s betrayal. They are also helping Syria, Iran and North Korea.
This is not the first time that Obama and his appointees have belittled or covered up major security lapses and had major lapses in judgment. President Obama and Hillary Clinton worked tirelessly to hide the sad truth about the lack of preparation and mishandling of the terror attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya.
U.S. officials who want or wanted to tell the truth were warned not to do so by Obama Administration officials.
Meanwhile, top Obama officials—Leon Panetta, John Brennan and Tom Donilon—have been accused of being the source of major security leaks, among them, divulging the existence of a Saudi-British agent inside al-Qaeda, Israeli-U.S. action against Iran’s nuclear program, and even in the killing of Osama Bin-Laden.
Critics are right when they say that the officials likely leaked material because they hoped to boost Obama’s image as an anti-terror gladiator.
In the last week, Obama Administration officials went public to divulge what they said was an Israeli attack on Syria’s stockpile of advanced Russian missiles in Latakia.
“Israel carried out an air attack in Syria this month that targeted advanced anti-ship cruise missiles sold to the Syria government by Russia, American officials said Saturday,” according to a report in The New York Times.
Israeli officials were quite upset by this leak, as they have been by previous sloppy and/or malicious Obama Administration leaks. There are similar feelings among security officials in Britain, France, Germany and Saudi Arabia. They have all learned the Obama Administration values a headline more than the bottom line in security.
Yet at the same time that Obama officials are leaking like a busted pipe, they tapped and probed a whole AP bureau and insinuated that Fox TV reporter James Rosen was a criminal because they were not playing by the Obama playbook.
Obama and Eric Holder said George Bush and Dick Cheney trampled human rights with their counter-terror programs, but Bush-Cheney did not engage in massive surveillance of the press. They asked The New York Times not to publish and reveal certain programs such as TSP (Terror Surveillance Program) and bank monitoring.
The New York Times refused, and it published material that hurt U.S. security, alerting terrorists to programs that would have caught them. These Bush programs were narrowly focused delicate boutique operations, compared to the wholesale surveillance spree of Obama and Company. Just ask your local cell phone carrier.
The Obama Administration has also been tremendously aggressive in using legal powers against anyone whose leaking discomfits it.
“Eric Holder, attorney general under President Barack Obama, has prosecuted more government officials for alleged leaks under the World War I-era Espionage Act than all his predecessors combined, including law-and-order Republicans John Mitchell, Edwin Meese and John Ashcroft,” Bloomberg News reported several months ago.
Like plumbers drilling holes in their own pipes, Obama and his staff have been guilty of great security leaks which they try to cover up by clamping down on others.
We should not be rooting for Edward Snowden, but it is hard to decide who is worse—the “hacker” or the political hacks who have made American national security such a joke.
This article was originally published by Accuracy in Media.