Glenn Beck, Michael Moore call Edward Snowden a hero
By HADAS GOLD | 6/10/13 6:07 AM EDT
Conservative television host Glenn Beck and filmmaker Michael Moore don’t often agree on much, but after Edward Snowden revealed himself to be the National Security Agency contractor who leaked information about government monitoring, they both took to Twitter to praise the 29-year-old, calling him a “hero.”
I think I have just read about the man for which I have waited.Earmarks of a real hero. guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun… — Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) June 9, 2013
HERO OF THE YEAR: #EdwardSnowden NSA tech assistant reveals he is the source of stories on U.S. Gov’t domestic spying mmflint.me/11P4jva — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 9, 2013
(Also on POLITICO: Snowden leak exposes cracks in contractor-based system)
Snowden fled to Hong Kong after leaking the information to media sources. He says he will seek political asylum.
Courage finally.Real.Steady.Thoughtful.Transparent.Willing to accept the consequences. Inspire w/Malice toward none.#edwardsnowden — Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) June 9, 2013
The NSA patriot leaker is just yet another chance for America to regain her moral compass and set things right. No red or blue JUST TRUTH— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) June 9, 2013
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/edward-snowden-nsa-leak-michael-moore-glenn-beck-92476.html#ixzz2WlIiX2Co
2008: NSA mocked personal phone calls from the battlefield
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 at 3:45 AM +0800
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The defenders of the NSA during this controversial time like to point out that they aren’t watching you, per se, but rather they’re just looking for patterns in the massive swaths of data collected. The problem is that claim is simply not true, as evidenced by the 2008 report detailing how NSA officials were listening in on American soldiers during their most intimate moments.
A former Navy Arab linguist David Faulk, who worked at the NSA center in Georgia, told ABC about the NSA eavesdropping and even mocking U.S. citizens overseas:
Faulk says he and others in his section of the NSA facility at Fort Gordon routinely shared salacious or tantalizing phone calls that had been intercepted, alerting office mates to certain time codes of “cuts” that were available on each operator’s computer.
“Hey, check this out,” Faulk says he would be told, “there’s good phone sex or there’s some pillow talk, pull up this call, it’s really funny, go check it out. It would be some colonel making pillow talk and we would say, ‘Wow, this was crazy’,” Faulk told ABC News.
Faulk said he joined in to listen, and talk about it during breaks in Back Hall’s “smoke pit,” but ended up feeling badly about his actions.
“That’s in 2008. Where was the outrage? I don’t even remember the story,” Glenn said. “This… affects… you. You don’t have to be doing something wrong. Collect enough information and I’ll find something wrong. Create enough regulation and I can trap you six ways to Sunday.”
Obama: ‘U.S. persons’ are safe from surveillance
Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 1:51 AM +0800
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President Obama, lauded by many for his prowess as an orator, used an interesting choice of words during an interview with Charlie Rose. When discussing the scope of the NSA surveillance programs, the president made seemed to blur the lines as to who is safe from the snooping.
OBAMA: What I can say unequivocally is that if you are a U.S. person, the NSA cannot listen to your telephone calls, and the NSA cannot target your emails.
“I don’t know what a U.S. person is,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “I don’t know what a U.S. person is.”
“A U.S. person is anybody who’s in the U.S. maybe,” Pat suggested, “because that includes illegal aliens?”
It isn’t clear what President Obama meant when he said ‘person’ instead of ‘citizen.’ But based on the ongoing immigration debate in this country, it is safe to assume Obama is looking to blur the line between U.S. citizens and people who just so happen to be in the U.S.
“You are a U.S. person. So you are a person what has come into the U.S. You’re here illegally, you’re here for a job, you’re here for whatever, you’re just trying to make your way through the world,” Glenn said. “Okay. So you’re a terrorist. I’m a U.S. person. So if you’re a U.S. person that happens to be a terrorist, can we spy on you? Can we eavesdrop on you? Can we listen to your phone calls? Do we have anything we can do on a U.S. person? How do we know who a U.S. person is?”
If you think back to a few years ago, Michelle Obama vowed that her and her husband would work to change the language and change the culture, and it looks like he may have succeeded in doing just that.