Release ALL the datas!

Apparently intelligence officials in the Department of Defense (can someone please explain to me how a "Department of Defense" is supposed to win a war?) are absolutely crapping their pants in sheer terror at the amount of information that goddamn epic hero with moon-sized balls of steel fugitive renegade horrible no-good very bad evil-doing leaker Edward Snowden has in his possession:
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden stole vastly more information than previously speculated, and is holding it at ransom for his own protection.
“What’s floating is so dangerous, we’d be behind for twenty years in terms of access (if it were to be leaked),” a ranking Department of Defense official told the Daily Caller. 
“He stole everything — literally everything,” the official said. 
Last month British and U.S. intelligence officials speculated Snowden had in his possession a “doomsday cache” of intelligence information, including the names of undercover intelligence personnel stationed around the world. 
“Sources briefed on the matter” told Reuters that such a cache could be used as an insurance policy in the event Snowden was captured, and that, “the worst was yet to come.” 
The officials cited no hard evidence of such a cache, but indicated it was a possible worst-case-scenario. Some version of that scenario appears to have come true. 
“It’s only accessible for a few hours a day, and is triple encrypted to the point where no one can break it,” the official said of the data cloud where Snowden has likely hidden the information. 
According to the official, there are at least two others in possession of the code to access the information, and, “if we nail him — he’ll release the data.” 
“Everything you don’t want the enemy to know, he has,” the official said. “Who we’re listening to, what we’re after — they’d shut us down.” 
The damage would be “of biblical proportions,” the official said.
I thoroughly fail to see the problem here.

It's actually very funny to see a guy who basically sacrificed his entire future to expose an illegal and blatantly fraudulent global wiretapping program being portrayed as some kind of supervillain on par with Elliot Carver from Tomorrow Never Dies. (The fact that the movie was actually really good despite its flatly ridiculous plot is a testament to what you can do with a good male lead, great action sequences, and a Bond girl who actually can in fact kick epic amounts of ass.) It just tells me that the NSA and DOD have exactly zero legal and moral justification for their spying program.

I truly do believe that if all of that data were released tomorrow and the NSA program shut down completely, we wouldn't really lose anything. A Federal District Court judge has already opined that the primary justification for the program- that it prevented further attacks- is completely unsupported and unsupportable:
Yet, turning to the efficacy prong, the Government does not cite a single instance in which analysis of the NSA's bulk metadata collection actually stopped an imminent attack, or otherwise aided the Government in achieving an objective that was time-sensitive in nature. In fact, none of the three "recent episodes" cited by the Government that supposedly "illustrate the role that telephony metadata can play in preventing and protecting against terrorist attack" involved any apparent urgency... In the first example, the FBI learned of a terrorist plot "still in its early stages" and investigated that plot before turning to the metadata "to ensure that all potential connections were identified"... In the second example, it appears that metadata analysis was used only after the terrorist was arrested "to establish [his] foreign ties and put them in context with his U.S. based planning efforts."... And in the third, metadata analysis "revealed a previously unknown number for [a] co-conspirator... and corroborated his connection [to the target of the investigation] as well as other U.S.-based extremists." Again, there is no indication that these revelations were immediately useful or that they prevented an impending attack.
(Emphasis mine)

Not only does the US government have exactly zero justification for its claims that wiretapping measures are preventive methods used for foiling "terrorists", the government also completely mis-identifies the problem. The issue at hand here is really very simple: the entire Western world is fighting a (currently losing) war against Islam. That's all there is to it. I've already outlined what needs to be done to win that war (though my exact prescriptions for victory require some modification, as it turns out). Calling your enemies "extremists", when in reality they are fundamentalists and represent the mainstream of the enemy's thoughts and philosophies rather than some extreme fringe element, is just plain idiotic. It's like insisting on calling a gun a banana, and the person who intends to use it to kill you a "nice man".

Edward Snowden should, in my opinion, go right ahead and release the data. Let the entire country and the world see what the US government has done to its people in the name of "security", and then we shall see who is smarter- the government, or the people.


  1. HaHa. I think Edward Snowden should hang for treason. Releases information about Australia spying on Indonesia. Shit could have been serious. He would be dead on my watch.


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