Reporter Glen Greenwald’s new website is national security voyeurism, part of an ongoing global anti-American campaign. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) called him a “thief,” while DNI James Clapper labeled him and others “accomplices” in Snowden’s crime. Rogers and Clapper were generous. These people are much worse.
Greenwald and his team found a unique story that they care about and are going to do what any free-market loving person would, make money. In this case, it will be at the expense of weakening U.S. national security. A bonus if you’re part of the global intellectual elite and the left. Greenwald tweets:
Having too much traffic is a great problem, but our site is back up: … — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 10, 2014
Too much traffic equals clicks, clicks equals media exposure, book sales, etc. In case you’re wondering, I removed the link to his new site from his tweet.
What is truly pernicious about Snowden and, yes, his facilitators, is their near obsession with beating up the United States. They enjoy it. At times they remind me of ideologues in Iran who relish calling us the Great Satan or of the like-minded fellow travelers in Cuba, who see conspiracies against them at every turn.
Rather than using their “collective” talents to bring down the information blockade that countries such as China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and many others, have in place to control access to information, these people harm and weaken U.S. foreign policy and national security interests around the world. For fun. I can just about guarantee that many foreign governments applaud and, in some cases such as Russia, support these propaganda campaigns.
While there are serious privacy considerations surrounding the NSA-Snowden matter, issues that need addressing by policymakers, big data considerations exist in just about every federal government agency. Every nation in the world has to grapple with data security. It is not unique to the national security arena or the United States. And, what about data collection in the private sector?
Watch, folks such as Greenwald will come after corporate American giants as well. American companies will figure prominently in this propaganda war. Why? Because it is easy to vilify anything Made in the USA. And, American companies are making it easy for them to do so.
Since the early 1990s, I’ve watched many a public policy battle in this town. The Big Data one is just at the beginning. Ignored for at least a decade, so many chickens have come home to roost lately that we’re losing track of the big picture. Data privacy goes way beyond the national security arena and, as usual, the federal government was not ready and is playing catch-up. A few people tried to call attention several years to this issue. Some were ridiculed, others ignored, including former NSA Director Hayden.
As for Greenwald, and other Snowden facilitators, someone at the Justice Department or the Congress needs to dust-off the U.S. Code or update policy in this field. The First Amendment, just like every Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has its limits. I don’t expect these people to know anything about limits. They are from a generation who thinks that the law does not apply to them. Someone needs to find the courage and remind them.
Rather than stand around like modern-day political Mandarins or, worse, taking to just talking on television new shows, political leaders should’ve been pressing for Snowden’s arrest a long time ago. His crimes are likely as bad as the Rosenbergs during World War II. Snowden can keep telling himself he’s some hero, but he belongs in a federal prison cell. He is no patriot. Whether he likes it or not, he’s new poster child of the global anti-USA movement.
The United States will never become another East German Stasi police state, Soviet Union, or even the Potemkin-like Communist Cuba. The American people will never allow it. What is sorely lacking in this town in the Big Data debate is what the sage of Monticello said many moon ago: Take things always by their smooth handle. Jefferson was light years ahead in his approach to politics.