No matter how serious the subject matter it is always amusing to watch tunnel-vision psychopathic American leaders bouncing he-said she-said rhetoric off one another. The grimaces and nods visually lend a fleeting sense of importance to nonsense. Right now all the buzz is about Edward Snowden's revelations of policies and procedures characteristic of NSA's worldwide communications surveillance.
Publicly no establishmentarian wants to address any root cause of terrorism or consider that US methods and procedures ostensibly used to thwart terrorism might be offensive to anyone with common sense. Those who dare reveal objectionable behavior of federal entities are considered enemies of the State, which of course arguably makes them de facto heroes to reasonable people everywhere.
General Keith Alexander, director of the NSA, invited the entire US Senate to a rare classified briefing about dozens of terror plots he says were thwarted by secret surveillance—as if this unverifiable claim, whether or not true, excuses any and all incidental human or civil rights violations against innocent citizens of any and all nations worldwide. Apparently he has also said that the US is "less safe as a result of Mr Snowden's actions" although any actions Mr. Snowden might take are insignificant alongside recognized blowback from US foreign policy which is the reason establishmentarians consider intrusive surveillance necessary in the first place.
The squirrel cage continues to spin and public relations are all that matters. If you believe that the US needs to get its act together and quit trying to orchestrate the world for the sake of riches you probably will eventually side with Snowden. A waning republic and burgeoning police state is hardly worth any perceived gains in safety. Like JFK said back in 1961: "there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it".
If you believe Americans are some how more deserving than the rest of the world and justified in using mythological pretexts to run rough-shod and militarily unchallenged over the rest of the world, then you probably will side with establishmentarians and bless internal spying. That of course means that the terrorists have already won and "those who hate our freedoms" according to POTUS MISLEADUS have nothing more to hate. Nevertheless terrorists' efforts will continue because they really hate our arrogance and that will be around until the US gets its act together and quits trying to orchestrate the world for the sake of riches.
Anyone facilitating or aiding and abetting involuntary transparency in this evanescent republic is a hero in my book. Escalating secrecy is a by product of escalating deceit which is precisely why there is escalating fear in official circles. The newer technologies portend unstoppable discoveries and attending losses of secrecy. Deceitful powers everywhere appear to exist on borrowed time. It seems the world is changing perhaps for the better no matter how short-lived.
By revealing NSA secrets Edward Snowden became a hero even before saying this to Glenn Greenwald: "I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things... I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under." He is now in Hong Kong for a short reprieve, hoping to escape constant surveillance.