Shoot The PRISM-Gate Messenger: Obama To Launch Criminal Probe Into NSA Leaks

Tyler Durden's picture

Suddenly embroiled in too many scandals to even list, and humiliated by a publicly-exposed (because everyone knew about the NSA superspy ambitions before, but with one major difference: it was a conspiracy theory....  now it is a conspiracy fact) surveillance scandal that makes Tricky Dick look like an amateur, earlier today, as expected, Obama came out and publicly declared "I am not a hacker" and mumbled something about "security", "privacy" and "inconvenience." He went on to explain how the government "welcomes the debate" of all three in the aftermath of the public disclosure that every form of electronic communication is intercepted and stored by the US government (now that said interception is no longer secret, of course) but more importantly how it is only the government, which is naturally here to help, that should be the ultimate arbiter in deciding what is best for all.

Yet the PRISM-gate scandal which is sure to only get worse with time as Americans slowly realize they are living in a Orwellian police state, meant Obama would have to do more to appease a public so furious even the NYT issued a scathing editorial lamenting the obliteration of Obama's credibility. Sure enough, the president did. Reuters reports that the first course of action by the US government will be to... shoot the messenger.

Reuters reports that "President Barack Obama's administration is likely to open a criminal investigation into the leaking of highly classified documents that revealed the secret surveillance of Americans' telephone and email traffic, U.S. officials said on Friday."

And how did Reuters learn this: from "law enforcement and security officials who were not authorized to speak publicly."

The mimetic absurdity of the narrative is just too surreal to even contemplate for more than a minute before bursting out in laughter: the administration's plans to launch criminal charges against those who "leaked" its Nixonian espionage masterplan involving every US (and world) citizen using the Internet, revealed by another group of sources leaking in secret. Pure poetry.

Of course, this was inevitable - once you start down the path of a totalitarian surveillance superstate, you don't stop until all dissent is crushed: either peacefully through submission to debt serfdom, or, well, not so peacefully.

It was unclear on Friday whether a complaint had been submitted by the publicity-shy National Security Agency, which was most directly involved in the collection of trillions of telephone and email communications.


However, one U.S. official with knowledge of the situation said that given the extent and sensitivity of the recent leaks, federal law may compel officials to open an investigation.


A criminal probe would represent another turn in the Obama administration's battle against national security leaks. This effort has been under scrutiny lately because of a Justice Department investigation that has involved searches of the phone records of Associated Press journalists and a Fox News reporter.

But what's worst, is that it may all turn very personal against the same journalists who dared to divulge the NSA's spy-op:

Journalists involved in The Guardian and Washington Post articles have reported in depth on WikiLeaks, the website known for publishing secret U.S. government documents.


The Post report on the PRISM program was co-written by Laura Poitras, a filmmaker who has been working on a documentary on WikiLeaks, with the cooperation of its founder Julian Assange, and who last year made a short film about Bill Binney, a former NSA employee who became a whistleblowing critic of the agency.


Last year, the web magazine Salon published a lengthy article by the author of the Guardian report, Glenn Greenwald, accusing U.S. authorities of harassing Poitras when she left and re-entered the United States. Greenwald also has written frequently about Assange.


The Guardian and Post stories appeared in the same week that U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning went on trial in Maryland accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.


In an email to Reuters on Friday, Poitras rejected the notion that the trial had any impact on the timing of her story.


"I am fully aware we are living in a political climate where national security reporting is being targeted by the government, however, I don't think fear should stop us from reporting these stories," Poitras wrote.


"To suggest that the timing of the NSA PRISM story is linked in any way to other events or stories I'm following is simply wrong. Like any journalist, I have many contacts and follow multiple stories."


Kris Coratti, a Washington Post spokeswoman, said the timing of the paper's publication of Poitras' story had nothing to do with Manning's trial and that Assange had played no role in arranging or encouraging the story.


Greenwald did not respond to emailed requests for comment. The Guardian's editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, declined to comment.

Needless to say, once political retribution for publicizing the nuances of the police state becomes a personal affair targeting the very journalists whose task is to provide much needed information, the first amendment is basically finished.

Alas, on the path to tyranny the loss of rights and privileges, let alone the occasional amendment written on a very old parchment and which nobody follows or cares about, is inevitable.

And it is up to the citizens of such a tyrannical government to reclaim their nation. Which they will... Just as soon as The Bachelorette/Big Brother (no pun intended)/X Factor is over and the next disability check clears.

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ebworthen's picture

"4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution violently raped; Government to investigate those who called the Police and intervene."

Zer0head's picture

cloned denials by the tech princes(ses) of Silicon Valley, FB, Goog, Apple, MrSofty, AOL, Marissa (perma smile) Meyer, et al


Friends, welcome to 1934


and where did the pres spend last night?

why it was dinner at Vinnies


Hugo Boss, Bayer, IBM, Siemens etc would be so proud

true brain's picture

All this begs the question: are black people capable of high civilization. Obama came from the civil right movement and it is just shocking to see how he is turning his back on that which made him possible. It seems that he fits right in with the African dictators.

alien-IQ's picture

wow...I'll bet you are just about the smartest guy on your bowling team aren't you? the pride of the double wide community.

true brain's picture

Stick your head under your own politically correct ass. Ignore the obvious and hope reality will be better. Pathetic. I voted for Obama. But there are just some reality one can not ignore. Which part of turning his back on civil didn't you get. Alien iq more like dumb ass iq.

Precious's picture

Leekerz beevair: Vee vill be repording diss to your zuperiors at dee Geshtapo. 

espirit's picture

Get your free O'Bamaphone* at any participating location.

*Some restrictions may apply.  We want to make sure you're "connected" whether you can afford it or not.

(It's an Ah-ha moment)

Supernova Born's picture

This thread shows another reason for the wisdom of the racial discrimination policy.

Racism is used to distract from the actual topic at hand.

GetZeeGold's picture



Racism has sorta lost it's meaning anymore when you can just apply it to anyone that disagrees with you.


imaginalis's picture


United Stasi of America

Freddie's picture

The main thing about race with Obama is that he can get away with anything.  Being a Democrat gives him some teflon but being a "black" Democrat mans he is just about untouchable.  He is not even probably 30% black.

I cannot stand the Bushes but if Bush or Reagan did 1/10 of the stuff Obama - they would be impeached in a week.

stant's picture

did i not read one of the boston bombers had a free phone? dont think this about stoping terrorist. its to get in someones back pocket

boogerbently's picture

So, obamas not mad about any violation of rights.

He's mad about them giving away his dirty little secrets.

Muddy1's picture


He's only mad because he got caught.  White House to investigate the leaks, any doubt how this will turn out?

HELLO effen NSA, how do you people sleep at night and live with yourselves?

pods's picture

So now I guess we can freely hang the flag upside down?


Supernova Born's picture

The NSA and Obama would thank you.

That is the exact kind of knee-jerk, "SQUIRREL!" kind of distraction the idiocracy goes apeshit over.

[As in the third post in this comments section.]

toady's picture

Exactly. All of this call detail / prism stuff was common knowledge within a year or so of the patriot act (when someone finally finished reading the thing!)

Have people actually been under the impression that their data/calls were NOT being monitored? I think not...

So why the big media distraction now? Did something major happen at the meeting with the Chinese? Or are they providing cover for something else?

Bad Attitude's picture

Good point. While this PRISM news is important, it distracts people from the much more serious IRS scandal, which is really bigger than the IRS. Dear Leader has been using multiple federal government agencies to harass and intimidate his political opponents.

And, we should not forget about Benghazi or Fast and Furious. There are actual dead bodies behind those scandals - 4 for Benghazi, and 400-ish for F&F.

Forward (over the cliff)!

toady's picture

I'm sure there will be pardons all around if anything comes of any of these investigations.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Parrotile's picture

Seeing as flying the flag inverted commonly means "I'm in Distess - Assistance required" (same meanig a the "V" flag) who were you hoping might help?

There's a very long list of Countries that'll not give a damn, however you might be lucky with Australia, seeing as we're still somewhat in your "good books" for the moment.

pods's picture

My line of thinking is that 90%+ have zero clue as to the significance of said act, and if even a small percentage were to actually figure it out, it would be a good thing.

When I explain things to people about certain truths in our society (namely origins of money, etc) they are very receptive to learning more.


James_Cole's picture

Stick your head under your own politically correct ass. Ignore the obvious and hope reality will be better. Pathetic. 


It's true true brain, your thesis is bulletproof, the Negroes are the only race I know of that has ever done ill to their fellow man. 

Now, if someone could come up with an incident where a member of the white race did something abhorrent to another human being I'd say maybe - maybe - there's a debate to be had.

But as I'm fairly confident (like you true brain I have no knowledge of history) that no such case exists we can consider this closed.

So in closing, the downfall of America is entirely the fault of the negro race - always keepin' the white man down.


Precious's picture

<- history assclown

<- lame sarcasm

Supernova Born's picture

Dogs are to squirrels as some ZH'ers are to...?

espirit's picture

Whiteman nolike Redman.

FeralSerf's picture

"The only good Indian is a dead Indian." -- General Sheridan

IrritableBowels's picture

I work with a Redman, last name Whiteman.  Before I met him, I assumed he was Jewish and everybody was pronouncing his name incorrectly.

roadhazard's picture

Don't forget the damn hippies.

Reptil's picture

what the hell does the race of a stooge reading teleprompter messages have anything to do with the 4th amendment being shredded.

that is NOT the issue. please don't detract?

tmosley's picture

lol, you voted for Obama and you think its the blacks that are the problem?

FYI, there have been African civilizations.  You just ton't hear about them much, because our history classes are very Euro-centric.  Nubia, Axum, and Ethiopia are all good examples.  In addition, there is now evidence that the iron age began in modern-day Nigeria, although Egypt appears to have had limited iron working abilities earlier than that (but with meteoric iron, not smelted).

Collectivism took strong hold in Africa long ago, and it now reaches its tentacles out to the rest of the world.  Let's not let it do to us what it did to them, yes?

otto skorzeny's picture

You're right-look at how well the negroes are doing running Dee-troit. And other than the negro that did some shit with peanuts feel free to list all of the great accomplishments of Africans(chucking a basketball aside).

kito's picture

only otto and his perfect blood is worthy of life...............................

Precious's picture

Kito the Tel Aviv office manager for Southern Poverty Law Center ... to the rescue.

kito's picture

oh how precious!!!.................

Precious's picture

kito ... how effeminate !

Precious's picture

Not if you want to become somebody's bar of soap.

spine001's picture

Fools! Dont fight over race. This is about privileges of the few. Nothing to do with race. Race is a great tool to divide and conquer...and we are falling for it

Supernova Born's picture

8 comments in this sub-string and not a single mention of PRISM, the NSA or Obama?

Another win for the racist card.

francis_sawyer's picture

8 comments in this sub-string, not a single mention of PRISM, NSA, or Obama

Another win for Dan Akroyd & Jane Curtain playing the politically palatable version of "Point Counter Point" on ZH...


There ~ Fixed it...

lakecity55's picture

I already brought that up, thanks to another ZHer for figuring out the troll attack.

The war is over there, men!

Saddle up!

francis_sawyer's picture

"The war is over there, men!"


That's a cop out...

Wars are where they always have been... INSIDE YOUR HEAD... Political 'Correctness', in of itself is a war... It's a war between you thinking that you're an enlightened being [you're NOT a UNIQUE SNOWFLAKE], and the reality that your delusion of being a unique snowflake evaporates in an instant when the reality of being flesh & bone gets factored in...

Political 'Correctness' is a foible hoisted upon the general population [which received a great assist after the advent of mass media]... Previously, it was mostly reserved to the "gentlemen class"... In BOTH cases, it was a facade to hide deceit... The problem now is that those who CONTROL mass media are actually capable of tweaking the dials of political 'correctness' in a manner whereby greater levels of deceit can be achieved [& over a larger populace] than ever before in history...

"Over There" only refers to the physical manifestation of this deceit... But the REAL WAR, as it has always been, is for INDIVIDUALS to see truth for themselves... The less people there are who understand truth, or who hide behind synthetic notions & comfort zones, the worse things appear to be "over there"...


maskone909's picture

Nba is ran by david stern, who btw never touched a bball in his fuckin life.

kito's picture

annnnnndddd???????? its a business....its about marketing, branding...............its not about basketball.....he not a fuckin coach........hes the reason you can be a bench warmer in the nba making millions.....................

Precious's picture

Hey shit for brains. Why don't you just let the racists have their 1st Amendment say and stay the fuck out of it.  Or are you too stupid to know when to STFU.  Fucking dumb ass.  Like your some fucking hero of the oppressed. You make me fucking sick. Self righteous POS.