Glenn Greenwald’s exposure of the NSA’s massive domestic spy program has revealed the entire caste of current Democratic leaders as a gang of civil liberty opportunists
, whose true passion, it seems, was in trolling
George W. Bush for eight years on matters of national security.
“Everyone should just calm down,” Senator Harry Reid
said yesterday, inhaling slowly.
That’s right: don’t panic.
The very topic of Democratic two-facedness on civil liberties
is one of the most important issues that Greenwald has covered. Many of those Dems — including the sitting President Barack Obama
, Senator Carl Levin
, and Sec. State John Kerry
— have now become the stewards and enhancers
of programs that appear to dwarf any of the spying scandals that broke during the Bush years
, the very same scandals they used as wedge issues
to win elections in the Congressional elections 2006 and the presidential primary of 2007-2008.
Recall what Senator Levin told CNN in 2005, demanding to “urgently hold an inquiry” into what was supposedly President Bush’s domestic wiretap program.
Levin continued, at length: “It means that there’s some growing concern on Capitol Hill about a program which seems to be so totally unauthorized and unexplained… The president wraps himself in the law, saying that it is totally legal, but he doesn’t give what the legal basis is
for this. He avoided using the law, which we provided to the president, where even when there is an emergency and there’s a need for urgent action can first tap the wire and then go to a court.”
Now, we’re about to see if the Obama administration’s version of the national security state
will begin to eat itself.
Unsurprisingly, the White House has dug in, calling their North Korea-esque tools
“essential” to stop terrorism, and loathe to give up the political edge they’ve seized for Democrats on national security issues under Obama’s leadership. The AP spying scandal
— which the administration attempted to downplay at the time, even appointing Eric Holder to lead his own investigation into himself
—was one of the unexpected consequences of one of two leak investigations that Obama ordered during the 2012 campaign.
In short: any so-called credible DOJ/FBI leak investigation, by its very nature, would have to involve the Obama administration invasively using the very surveillance and data techniques it is attempting to hide in order to snoop on a few Democratic Senators and more media outlets
, including one based overseas.
Transparency supporters, whistleblowers, and investigative reporters, especially those writers who have aggressively pursued the connections between the corporate defense industry and federal and local authorities involved in domestic surveillance, have been viciously attacked by the Obama administration and its allies in the FBI and DOJ
, a transparency activist and computer savant, has been repeatedly harassed at American borders, having his laptop seized. Barrett Brown
, another investigative journalist who has written for Vanity Fair, among others publications, exposed the connections between the private contracting firm HB Gary (a government contracting firm that, incidentally, proposed a plan to spy on and ruin the reputation of the Guardian’s Greenwald) and who is currently sitting in a Texas prison on trumped up FBI charges regarding his legitimate reportorial inquiry into the political collective known sometimes as Anonymous.
That’s not to mention former NSA official Thomas Drake
(the Feds tried to destroy his life because he blew the whistle ); Fox News reporter James Rosen
(named a “co-conspirator” by Holder’s DOJ); John Kirakou
, formerly in the CIA, who raised concerns about the agency’s torture program, is also in prison for leaking “harmful” (read: embarrassing) classified info.