Edward Snowden

Snowden Took a Job To Leak NSA Secrets? Cool. Let's Have More Like Him at the DOJ, IRS …


Edward Snowden
The Guardian

Much has been made of Edward Snowden telling the South China Morning Post that he deliberately took a job with Booz Allen to gather up evidence of National Security Agency spying so he could leak it to the world. This makes the international man of government officials' mysteries even more traitorish to the authority-worshippers who already didn't like his revealing widespread surveillance by the U.S. For the rest of us, it means he set out to do a thorough job before giving the state a well-deserved kick in the 'nads. This is a guy who apparently deliberately infiltrated the security apparatus, got hold of its dark secrets, and imposed a little of that "transparency" we'd been promised. We could use a few thousand more like him at the IRS, the Justice Department, the DEA, in the Obamacare bureaucracy, local police forces …

From the South China Morning Post:

Edward Snowden secured a job with a US government contractor for one reason alone—to obtain evidence of Washington's cyberspying networks, the South China Morning Post can reveal.

For the first time, Snowden has admitted he sought a position at Booz Allen Hamilton so he could collect proof about the US National Security Agency's secret surveillance programmes ahead of planned leaks to the media.

"My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked," he told the Post on June 12. "That is why I accepted that position about three months ago."

Treason? Bullshit. More like, awesome.

In the age of Justice Department snooping on the Associated Press and Fox News's James Rosen, wouldn't we benefit from a whisteblower who deliberately took a position to find out just how many journalists the feds are spying on? I'll bet there are just a few more lurking in the files.

How about Internal Revenue Service targeting of political organizations? This is a recurring problem dating back decades. Rather than wait for IRS officials to slip revelations out themselves in hopes of minimizing the impact, an infiltrator or two would be a welcome way to keep a close eye on a long-abusive agency.

And now that the federal government is centralizing control over health care, wouldn't you like to keep a closer eye on how it wields its new power? Especially since we know that it will be sharing patient records without our consent? The government already considers our medical data to be a rich vein it can mine for its own purposes, and it does so with little respect for our privacy. As HeathCareITNews reports:

"The NSA justifies its actions using the war on terror," [Deborah Peel, MD, founder of Patient Privacy Rights] added. "The Department of Health and Human Services claims its actions are justified to lower healthcare costs. These are obviously very different agencies collecting different kinds of very sensitive personal information, but both set up hidden, extremely intrusive surveillance systems that violate privacy rights and destroy trust in government."

We could probably use a few Snowdens there.

Deliberately taking a job in order to spy back at the government? What an excellent idea! More, please.

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  1. From now on the unofficial hiring policies at these agencies and companies will be:

    1. Never hire anyone who might show libertarian leanings.
    2. Never hire a leftist when a Republican is president.
    3. Always hire warboner Repubs because they’ll stay loyal no matter who’s in power.

    1. Well, that’s no assurance, Once upon a time you’d find I passed that test, but my stance changed, now I’m a hateful bitter ‘Civil’ ‘Servant’ who has grown to despise this rotted carcass that was once a great country.

      1. Didn’t Snowden say his beliefs changed? Wasn’t there some record of him maligning whistle-blowers earlier in his career (though that could have been a lie)?

        1. Perhaps his beliefs changed, perhaps he was simply planning ahead and building his cred.

  2. I think we all know what the narrative would be if Snowden had gone to work for Goldman Sachs in order to expose their evil Capitalist moneylending subjugation of the Working Man.

  3. If he’d only done this while a Republican was president, he’d be an international hero.

  4. how it wields it’s new power?

    Do we have Lucy back?

  5. When the State Watches You, Dare to Stare Back.
    from those lovable Limey Libertarians at Samizdata.

    1. Maybe when some of them fight libertarians, they’ll become libertarians?

  6. And the Reason Foundation can cough up the money for all their lawyers!

    1. KOCHTOPUS!!1eleventy!!one111!!

  7. I like the sentiment but am unwilling to through my life away when the general reaction has been “of course the government is corrupt, what else is new?”

    1. Throw

  8. I don’t like the idea of someone entering into a contract fraudulently. It’s one thing to agree to keep secrets and then find out those secrets involve trampling the Constitution, but to sign the agreement with no intention of honoring your commitment is something else.

    That said, Snowden has done a service to the United States.

    1. Sort like all of those congress critters and presidents who swore to protect and defend the constitution and then simply shat all over it?

      Barry O is on record stating his objections to the constitution and then we swore an oath to protect it. Which broken oath is more serious? Snowden’s or Obama’s?

  9. Doesn’t every politician claim it takes the job specifically to expose and repair government problems?

  10. We need some hackers to wipe out all social security and taxpayer ID numbers and all IRS records so the government doesn’t know who most people are. Passport, VIsa, Census and other data too.

    1. I’ve gone through the mental exercise of ‘what would it take to destroy our data beyond the chance of recovery?’ and the only reason I know I could do it is because of absurd short-staffing and my excess access due to scope creep with regards to my job duties.

      Most of it could still be reconstituted from the paper records anyway, but would require absurd numbers of hours of manual entry.

      1. absurd numbers of hours of manual entry

        Aka JOBS.

        1. “Your Honor, I swear what I was doing wasn’t vandalism of company property. I JUST WANTED TO CREATE JERBZ!”

          1. Do your duty! Break the government’s windows! For jobs! For peace! For prosperity! For America!

  11. Outstanding.

    Now watch every single Pub and Dem stand up and demand his execution.

    We call this bi-partisan totalitarianism.

  12. Yossarian was cold, too, and shivering uncontrollably. He felt goose pimples clacking all over him as he gazed down despondently at the grim secret Snowden had spilled all over the messy floor. It was easy to read the message in his entrails. Man was matter, that was Snowden’s secret. Drop him out a window and he’ll fall. Set fire to him and he’ll burn. Bury him and he’ll rot, like other kinds of garbage. That was Snowden’s secret. Ripeness was all.

  13. *Lights the Derpy Hooves signal*

    For those who missed it, I read some of the comments in the “George W. Bush on NSA Surveillance: Civil Liberties Guaranteed” thread this morning, apparently there was some retarded bronie fuckhead trolling there. Feast your eyes, and depair that this is probably how a large number of our fellow citizens feel. Our days as a free country are truly numbered.

    1. “You say that as if it’s a bad thing.”


  14. Treason? Bullshit. More like, awesome.

    Damn Tuccille, what a gift for rhetoric you have

  15. “The NSA justifies its actions using the war on terror […] The Department of Health and Human Services claims its actions are justified to lower healthcare costs.

    To be fair, the NSA probably does help in the war on terror, regardless of their overreach. On the other hand, HHS will do nothing to lower health care costs.

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    Things are bad folks but there’s no need to go get yourself a DUI and move to Canada. Talk about extremist.

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  18. Did anyone actually think that this was not going on? Really? Insurance companies & food stores have been doing this for years. What about credit card companies? Anything and everything on the internet. Lots of stuff from millions of people. Someone would really need to have a serious bug up their arz to single out one person that wasn’t on whatever list you need to be on before you get singled out. Since no one has come forward with actual proof they’ve been targeted I’m hoping it’s no big deal. My problem is the timing and the fact that under this administration the IRS, EPA – name the federal agency – no one can be trusted. BO-ama got elected twice in Illinois by digging up dirt that was long buried. It all just smells of Chicago Politics as usual.

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  20. What Snowden did was heroic regardless for whom he was working. Let us hope there are more patriots like him with the fortitude & means to expose the myriad ways in which our government is secretly spying on us all. They have been seizing effects as explicitly prohibited by the 4th Amendment & then they try to justify these illegal actions by telling us the government needs this information to protect us. Those in power are PROTECTING THEMSELVES while they VIOATE US.

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  22. it’s all pretty disturbing. but is government spying really any different from big business spying – or even private citizen spying.

    my grandmother can “legally” dig into your background and learn about your work history, financials, and criminal record. she’s not even a techie, but with online tools like http://bit.ly/16WXNHX she doesn’t need to be.

    the digital age has changed everything. the NSA does a better job of snooping – because they have better tools. but we ALL spy. and the way the rules are written, we all do it legally.

    instead of getting mad at the NSA or snowden or Obama (or Bush), shouldn’t we get mad at congress and the courts for making all of this spying 100% legal. isn’t that the real issue here?

    if grandma can spy on you – then why not the NSA? if the NSA can – why not grandma. I think the goal should be to make it that no one can spy – period.

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