Friday, February 7, 2014

This is a must watch for all,  Edward Snowden interview.  This is a net assessment of a new age,  its perils and its reality.  Listen and put the pieces together.  Thanks Patriarch (once again).



    SNOWDEN changed the debate on surveillance....
    ...He is certain that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden "changed the whole nature of the debate" about surveillance. Hersh says he and other journalists had written about surveillance, but Snowden was significant because he provided documentary evidence – although he is skeptical about whether the revelations will change the US government's policy....Another thing he has done is he has not said a single thing yet that makes you think that the guys in the NSA know what the hell they are doing what it comes to collecting information on people that want to hurt us.*

    ..."I think their record is abysmal and I think it is one the great scandals of our time how little they have done to actually stop a terrorist before it happens. Not 9/11, not the guys in Boston. Let us see nine, ten years after 9/11 we got some guy who blows up his pants, his underwear on a plane and that is a panic? That is the best they can do after ten years? Gets on a plane and sets himself on fire. Come on, that is a big scare? Not to me."...

    ...."But I don't know if it's going to mean anything in the long [run] because the polls I see in America – the president can still say to voters 'al-Qaida, al-Qaida' and the public will vote two to one for this kind of surveillance, which is so idiotic,"...

    1. * "the people who want to hurt us":
      Although Hersh recognizes the ubiquitous deceit & lying from MOST branches of government, it is obvious he has not ACCEPTED the evolution of an EVIL PANDEMIC throughout the federal government as reality.

      This Mafia Enterprise cannibalizes anyone who speaks TRUTH TO POWER.

      He has not YET connected Boston as a TREASONOUS ACT-that at face value, DOMESTIC TERROR & NSA INTERVENTION are unrelated...That IN FACT, the TERRORISTS ARE WITHIN.



      "The republic's in trouble, we lie about everything, lying has become the staple." And he implores journalists to do something about it.

      The Obama administration lies systematically, he claims, yet none of the leviathans of American media, the TV networks or big print titles, challenge him.
      "It's pathetic, they are more than obsequious, they are afraid to pick on this guy [Obama],"

      Don't even get him started on the New York Times which, he says, spends "so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would" – or the death of Osama bin Laden. "Nothing's been done about that story, it's one big lie, not one word of it is true," he says of the dramatic US Navy Seals raid in 2011.

      ..."I used to work at The New York Times. It’s still the best newspaper in America, probably in the world, not so much for the way they cover the White House but they just do other things very well. Arts and drama, reviews, cultural stuff — they are great. Local stuff they do okay on, but when it comes to covering Washington it is comical. Look, this is the President who fired Stanley McChrystal for mouthing off within two days after he came back and he lets General Clapper, the guy who lied to Senator [Ron] Wyden about what the NSA is doing, he does not bother him. This is the President who, according to all the books I have read, had the most amazing Internet and computer operation in the re-election campaign. Guys have written books basically about this incredible operation in Chicago. And Obamacare, what happened there? I do not think he has held to a tough enough standard on a lot of stuff....

      ...He is just a shocking disappointment. I do not know, I am not qualified, I have not read enough Melanie Klein or Anna Freud or Freud to know what the hell is going on with him but there is something wrong with the guy.

      The tendency of the American press is to believe what the government guys tell them. There is not enough criticism. And this whole thing with Iran right now. You think we have evidence Iran is building a bomb? We have absolutely none. They may be but we have no evidence for it. And every study we’ve done says that they are not. We can find no evidence of it."

      ...."It's journalism looking for the Pulitzer Prize, ..are railway crossings safe and stuff like that, that's a serious issue but there are other issues too.....Like killing people, how does [Obama] get away with the drone program? How does he justify it? What's the intelligence? Why don't we find out how good or bad this policy is? Why do newspapers constantly cite the two or three groups that monitor drone killings. Why don't we do our own work?..."

      "...get rid of 90% of the editors that now exist and start promoting editors that you can't control," he says. I saw it in the New York Times, I see people who get promoted are the ones on the desk who are more amenable to the publisher and what the senior editors want and the trouble makers don't get promoted. Start promoting better people who look you in the eye and say 'I don't care what you say'..."

    3. HERSH: The Dark Side of Camelot