The Guardian published it's first piece based on the leaked material of Edward Snowden on June 5, 2013. On June 14th, Florida Democratic Representative Alan Grayson spoke from the floor of the House about what was revealed in the Guardian about the NSA's hoovering and storing program.....
"This is not the first time that the government has entered into surveillance on people without probable cause. Many of us remember that there was FBI surveillance of Dr. Martin Luther King, including wiretapping and bugging his personal conversations. I thought -- perhaps naively -- that we'd moved beyond that. And, in some sense, we have moved beyond that. Because now they're doing it to everybody."
Then, this happened....
In early July, Grayson had staffers distribute to House members several slides published by the Guardian about NSA programs as part of Grayson’s efforts to trigger debate in Congress.
Grayson’s office was quickly told by the House Intelligence Committee that those slides were still classified, despite having been published and discussed in the media, and directed Grayson to cease distribution or discussion of those materials in the House, warning that he could face sanctions if he continued.
The House Intelligence Committee is chaired by Republican Mike Rogers, an ex-FBI tough guy who defends the NSA Surveillance Programs without any hesitation or doubt about the Program's legality.
So, what do we have here?
Snowden leaks the NSA Surveillance Programs to the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald. The Guardian publishes it's first article on June 5th. More revelations follow. A month later Alan Grayson distributes slides to fellow House members. The information on the slides is based on what had been revealed by the Guardian. GOP leaders in the House threaten Grayson with sanctions if he doesn't stop passing out "classified material."
Republican Congressman Tom Rooney (FL), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee took issue with Grayson's poor judgment call of sharing leaked classified information about the NSA spy programs.
"Our job is to make sure we keep our country safe...."
I would include this account in with the 21st Century American Clown Car Diaries, but it would be an insult to hard-working, authentic clowns everywhere.
First.....although I've mentioned this before....the "terrorists" already know, or expect, that the Empire is intercepting all communications. "Terrorists" are often suicidal in their work....but, unlike House members.....they''re not in a total state of denial. Their now-dead leader having resorted to only couriers to communicate....years ago.
Second.....correct me if I'm mistaken....but wouldn't it be the case that once the Guardian started publishing Snowden's leaks to the, like, general public.....the NSA programs information was no longer a secret? I mean, if multiple millions of world citizens all now know about the NSA's Total Recall hoovering and storage Programs.....how secretive could those Programs still be?
Third....if everyone in the world already knows about America's communications hoovering and storage Programs, then what was Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers trying to guard against by silencing Alan Grayson? Don't House members read news articles? Should House members be prohibited from reading news articles?
Or could it be that Chairman Rogers, by threatening sanctions in July against Grayson for daring to pass around information in the House.....information already made public in early June.....was doing the bidding of our Surveillance State Overlords, who wanted desperately to preserve the now-public-and-obviously-illegal NSA Programs from being rescinded by a House vote? A vote which barely failed by a 217-205 vote on July 24th?
Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, promised lawmakers that he would draft legislation this fall to add more privacy protections to government surveillance programs even as he begged the House to oppose blanket restrictions.
I suppose there's a lot of profit to be made in the Hoovering & Storage Programs....and I also suppose many House members benefit wonderfully from those profits come election season. Especially those who silence opponents of those Programs.
So, even though many point to the House Clowns, like Rogers and Rooney, and laugh at their transparently hysterical reaction to Alan Grayson's passing around publicly available information on the House floor......the Clowns won this one. It's full speed ahead for the NSA's Hoovering & Storage Programs.
What isn't so funny is the fact that so many "representatives" worked so diligently to protect multiple, illegal, big government programs......from being rescinded.
But then, some Clowns are skilled at making audiences cry too.
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