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Snowden, Obama & The Cold Warriors

By The Reverend Published: August 9, 2013

Edward Snowden's leaking of the details of the massive and secretive Surveillance State hasn't jeopardized national security nor placed assets in the field in danger. Yes, Surveillance State apologists will argue otherwise.....but they provide no evidence to defend their claims.

Snowden's leaked material has caused tremendous embarrassment for U.S. Surveillance State leaders who, for years, have been claiming they are not "spying" on their own citizens in an unconstitutional manner. Snowden's leaks demonstrated beyone reasonable doubt that all those claims were a crock of hooey.

After 9-11, the Bush administration began a blanket operation of spying on Americans.....to keep us safe, you understand. Obama campaigned against these Bush illegalities in 2008....and then embraced them immediately after his inauguration. Since then, Obama has expanded and broadened the Bush-era illegalities, making them his own. The Surveillance State is now entirely bipartisan.

So, it's been embarrassing to watch Obama, ala G.W. Bush's "America doesn't torture" whopper, tell Jay Leno the other night that "America doesn't have a domestic spying program."

Silly Barack, of course America has a domestic spying program......Edward Snowden, who worked for the Surveillance State via Booz Allen leaked the actual details of how America collects virtually every American citizen's electronic communications.....and all without specific warrants.

So, yes, Obama is not telling the truth about Surveillance State domestic spying.....in the same way George Bush wouldn't tell the truth about torture. And in the last couple of days, we're finding out that the communications that the Surveillance State is illegally vacuuming up and storing on servers is being shared with.....the DEA. Warrants? Don't be silly. War on terror, war on drugs.....what's the difference, right?

After Snowden began leaking documents proving our government, indeed, has a massive domestic spying program.....obedient corporate media, taking their cues from Surveillance State overlords and elected officials, focused the story on Snowden, rather than on what he had revealed. Corporate media, at all costs, had to shield Our Leaders from embarrassment.....that's their job.

Now that Russia has granted asylum to Snowden.....again....the power-serving corporate media and all defenders of Surveillance State illegalities have tried to make the story about Russia. Non-funny, funny man Jay Leno helped the president steer the discussion in Russia's direction the other night....

JAY LENO: Now, were you surprised that Russia granted Snowden asylum?

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I was disappointed because even though we don’t have an extradition treaty with them, traditionally we have tried to respect if there’s a law-breaker or an alleged law-breaker in their country, we evaluate it and we try to work with them. They didn’t do that with us.

....there have been times where they slip back into Cold War thinking and a Cold War mentality.

First, the U.S., not just Russia, grants asylum to political dissidents. Second, Obama makes the story about Russia and that country's leaders slipping back into "Cold War thinking." Again.....the Edward Snowden saga is not about Snowden and it's not about Russia...it's about the United States and how U.S. leaders have created a massive, secret and illegal Surveillance State in the wake of 9-11.

But it is extraordinarily rich for Obama to blame Russian leaders for having a "Cold War mentality."

Remember....."We're all Georgians now?" Johnny Mac, always itching to start a fight, waxed all Cold Warian when a border dispute near Russia became a story during the 2008 campaign.

Or how about last year's GOP presidential candidate?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Russia "without question our number one geopolitical foe."

"Cold War thinking?"

And then yesterday, the Three Cold War Amigos Minus One, called for Obama to move beyond "symbolic acts" of cancelling his planned summit with Putin.....and do something to punish Russia for granting Snowden asylum.....

“Now we must move beyond symbolic acts and take the steps necessary to establish a more realistic approach to our relations with Russia,” McCain and Graham said. “That means demonstrating to the Russian government that there will be consequences for its continued actions that undermine American national interests.”

So, yeah....Russian leaders may slip back at times into Cold War thinking.....but for crying out loud Barack.....the U.S. Congress is full of crusty old Cold War thinkers.

Surveillance State defenders, whether it is Republican Mike Rodgers or Democrat Nancy Pelosi, cannot explain how it is that collecting and storing all U.S. domestic and foreign communications without specific warrants is justified by U.S. law or the 4th amendment. "Keeping us safe".....is not a legal answer.

Because Snowden's leaks are hugely embarrassing to those in elected office.....elected officials, Surveillance State defenders, the president and even a few broken down Cold War minded senators.....have been working overtime to morph the story into something else. First it was Snowden, himself. Now, it's Russia.

In actuality.....the real story is staring back at our nation's leaders when they dare look into the mirror.

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