The Slacker in Chief is calling for the head of the Leaker Extraordinaire. What a interesting conundrum. It is clear now, why Snowdon did what he did, the way he did. We have heard that at least three other government employees lost their jobs, their reputations over trying to right what they perceived as not just wrong but criminally wrong.
Thomas Drake, William Binney, and Kirk Wiebe were three government employees that have for years trying to shine the light of truth on misdeeds, lies, corruption, waste and abuse.
“After seeing no change at NSA, Binney, Wiebe, Diane Roark, and former NSA colleague Edward Loomis filed a complaint with [the Department of Defense Inspector General] in September 2002. The complaint accused the NSA of massive fraud, waste, and mismanagement in connection with NSA’s rejection of ThinThread and endorsement of the failing Trailblazer.”
The thanks for their standing up to wrong doing? Two years later after the the Inspector General’s final report, the retaliation began. One of them was arrested while taking a shower. Several houses were raided and computers confiscated. They were pressured to give up “others” involved in their “plan”. One man was financially ruined when the government took him to trial on Espionage charges. All of this because the “spoke” to the Inspector General and his people.
So, what we see here is the cancer infecting our government. Whether Snowdon is a patriot or traitor I know not. What I do know is that without his being willing to go to the extraordinary step of going public to a organization outside the scope of government reach, without careful planning, without extreme behavior, he was likely to be sitting in a jail cell awaiting trial for whatever trumped up charge this rogue government could come up with. And lets face it, they’re nothing if not inventive. Since this government has a tenuous relationship with reality anyway, fantasy is not out of the question.
Actually fantasy is where most of these people exist anyway. Situation normal all fantastied up, SNAFU’d, here.