NSA Chief Pushes Legislation To Stifle The First Amendment

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Recently, what came out with the justices in the United Kingdom … they looked at what happened on Miranda and other things, and they said it’s interesting: journalists have no standing when it comes to national security issues. They don’t know how to weigh the fact of what they’re giving out and saying, is it in the nation’s interest to divulge this.


- General Keith Alexander, Director of the NSA

Although General Alexander states the above with regard to the UK justice system, he clearly agrees with the assessment. Read the passage above again and think about how scary that statement is. It becomes clear that one of the reasons abuses at the NSA are so egregious is because of the attitude of the person in charge. Alexander genuinely thinks that intelligence officials know best, and should not be subject to any sort of accountability. You don’t need to be a card-carrying member of the ACLU to see how dangerous this perspective is. To endorse this notion that “journalists have no standing when it comes to national security issues,” is to effectively make illegal one of the most important free speech rights in any democracy. This sort of attitude represents the antithesis of American values.

Not only does General Alexander see things this way, apparently he is lobbying for Congressional legislation that would solidify this authoritarian view within the law itself. For example, the Guardian reported yesterday that:

General Keith Alexander, who has furiously denounced the Snowden revelations, said at a Tuesday cybersecurity panel that unspecified “headway” on what he termed “media leaks” was forthcoming in the next several weeks, possibly to include “media leaks legislation.”


The general, who is due to retire in the next several weeks, said that the furore over Snowden’s surveillance revelations – which he referred to only as “media leaks” – was complicating his ability to get congressional support for a bill that would permit the NSA and the military Cyber Command he also helms to secretly communicate with private entities like banks about online data intrusions and attacks.

So apparently he has several pieces of authoritarian legislation on his plate at the moment. He laments Snowden is making the implementation of his fascist tendencies more difficult. Just another reason to celebrate Snowden.

“We’ve got to handle media leaks first,” Alexander said.


“I think we are going to make headway over the next few weeks on media leaks. I am an optimist. I think if we make the right steps on the media leaks legislation, then cyber legislation will be a lot easier,” Alexander said.


Alexander has previously mused about “stopping” journalism related to the Snowden revelations.


“We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don’t know how to do that. That’s more of the courts and the policymakers but, from my perspective, it’s wrong to allow this to go on,” he told an official Defense Department blog in October.


The specific legislation to which Alexander referred was unclear. Angela Canterbury, the policy director for the Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog group, said she was unaware of any such bill. Neither was Steve Aftergood, an intelligence policy analyst at the Federation of American Scientists.

Does this guy really have something up his sleeve, or is he just delusional?

But staff at Georgetown University, which sponsored the Tuesday cybersecurity forum, took the microphone away from a Guardian reporter who attempted to ask Alexander if the NSA had missed the signs of Russia’s invasion and occupation of Ukraine, which appeared to take Obama administration policymakers by surprise.


Although the event was open to reporters, journalists were abruptly told following the NSA director’s remarks that they were not permitted to ask questions of Alexander, who did not field the Ukraine question. Following the event, security staff closed a stairwell gate on journalists who attempted to ask Alexander questions on his way out.


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Soul Glow's picture

The NSA sucks balls but it isn't anyhing new.  J. Edgar had millions on the FBIs watchlist in the '50s.

Renewable Life's picture

An "American Value" is something any American is willing to pick up a gun and fight for rather then live without!

It appears in today's America...........we have absolutely NO values left!

Manthong's picture

Oh, we have plenty of values and they are mostly bad..

what we lack is Constitutional principles.

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

OK, where the fuck does this faggot "General Keith Alexander, Director of the NSA" live? Lets pay him a visit!

Soul Glow's picture

Thus why NSA exists.  You've heard of the "Palmer Rainds", haven't you?  They happened because there were two assasination attempts on him and he had a warchest to hunt down dissidents.  

JohnnyBriefcase's picture

He must have people that guard him while he sleeps. What are these assholes doing?

Soul Glow's picture

Masterbating to pictures of Eva Braun.

AlaricBalth's picture

General Alexander, after graduation from USMA, attended the Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course at Fort Huachuca, AZ. The course was designed to teach COIN theory (counter insurgency). During a COIN operation an incumbent government attempts to quell or contain an insurgency taken up against it.

"In the main, domestic insurgents seek to replace the political authority of the defending authorities in a population they seek to control, and the counter-insurgent forces seek to protect that authority and reduce or eliminate the supplanting authority of the insurgents."

General Alexander was trained to seek the enemy within and to circumvent any possible insurgency which may arise. He sees the populace as a host of possible insurgents, until they can be categorized as non-combatants or uninvolved civilians. He utilizes the resources of the NSA to disseminate which classification each citizen falls under.

The NSA's cover is its stated mission, rooting out foreign threats of terrorism. It's true mission is to protect the status quo by detecting and countering possible perceived threats from internal sources. It is about control. Always has been, always will be.

To understand ones enemies or oppressors, you must study the tactics utilized by them.
If anyone is interested, this book was considered the bible at MIOAC during Alexander's time there.

Counter-Insurgency Warfare, Theory and Practice by David Galula


Soul Glow's picture

A sword to the belly should do the trick.




Freddie's picture

Well this NWO scum who invaded the Ukraine in a phony coup with NATO, Soros, McCain, Nuland, Necons and O stole the Germans gold and Dr. Jim Willie says they are rapidly looting the Saudis gold now.


The Saudi gold in London will be totally gone in a few more months. To be sure, it is going mostly to China. The Saudis are being gutted. They will likely be on the run soon, their gold bars cut loose. They might be hunted.

The Saudi royals hunted down?  How sad.

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

It was always the plan.

You'll see a renewed, reconcerted effort to pin 9/11 on the Saudis... maybe even "co-conspirators" in the US government.  Israel and Jewish-American sayanim will be left out of the narrative... again...

At least in the corporate media, if not in all the dark corners.

But the Saudis losing the throne and their rule? 

Is there anyone who gives a fuck, that isn't a Saudi royal?

Inevitable, anyway.

GetZeeGold's picture



It's the mad dash to the finish....


There are no rules......good luck!

johnQpublic's picture

its eunf to make an old Nazi tear up, just a bit

handkerchief mein herr?

kchrisc's picture

The interesting part is that a Constitutional government has NO enemies. An Unconstitutional one is the enemy.

Anusocracy's picture

Any reasonably decent constitution creates its own enemies simply by existing.

kchrisc's picture

He lives on Treason street in DC US.

headhunt's picture

That's on the corner of Treason and Sucks-Dick in DC, US

booboo's picture

The whole purpose of a free press is to "leak". They called it journalism when I was a kid. The term "National Security" is a convenient fly trap for the ruling class to neuter the First Amendment. Unfortunately todays "press" is a the abused woman who will one day wake up with a knife stuck in her chest.

WTF_247's picture

Todays press is owned by multinational conglomerates who want only one thing - profits.  There is very little profit in going against the govt, even globally.  There is far more profit in helping/assisting them. It is amazingly easy for the FCC to deny requests for new channels, brodcasts and to deny mergers and acquisitions if you are not their buddy.  Fines up the wazoo, audits by the IRS, planting negative press, favoring rivals with rulings and legislation... its super easy to keep everyone in line.

The ones who run the companies want to make the most money possible.  This is counter to actual journalism.  If you want to see what happens when you buck the trend - see Standard and Poors downgrade of US debt and the resulting fiasco.  It will not be tolerated.  Unlike Facist states of old, they do not have to detain you, imprison you or anything like that.  It is much easier to initimidate your company or threaten to bankrupt you with legislation and lawsuits.  Those who have money and power understand that and they do not want it taken away.  This fear is used by the govt to keep all in line.  Step too far out of bounds and become an example.

No one wants to be an example.

UselessEater's picture

check the revolving doors between MNC's and gov'ts.... symbiotic parasites feeding off the same host.

DavidPierre's picture


The Bureau of Investigation (BI) changes its name to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) but, the Bureau is still the personal instrument of control, revenge and repression of megalomaniacal transvestite and gay basher, J. Edgar Hoover, whose personal crime wave against the people of the United States will continue unabated until his long overdue death in 1972.

Wealthy friends, including leading Mafia figures, give Hoover and his gay lover, FBI Assistant Director Clyde Tolson, lavish hospitality and investment "tips". In return, Hoover protects them from criminal investigation and denies the very existence of the Mafia. Media critics are terrorized and/or blackmailed into silence.

Under Hoover, the FBI will keep files on every politician who makes it to to Capitol Hill, providing a rich source of blackmail material with which to control American politicians. Hoover's appearances before the House Appropriations Committee are, therefore, not too stressful. From 1924 to 1971, there will not be a single public hearing into the ever-escalating FBI budget.

Throughout his reign, Hoover will fake crime statistics, misrepresent responsibility for the solution of crimes and terrorize FBI agents and employees who know they must do Hoover's bidding or else.

Colonel Klink's picture

Ahhhh, the nexus of the modern day police apparatus.

Superdude's picture

Fuck, I'm so sick of all this shit. People are dickheads and nothing but self-interested. Some like cuffs and bearded men, some like the NFL which has both. Point is, thre is no conspiracy, you just have people with different levels of inflence and clout acting in thier own interests. We'd all do the same if we had the chance. 

Anusocracy's picture

Too many people want to make their interests your interests.

And force is the chosen method of attainment.

Maximilien Robespierre's picture

Too many people want to make their interests your interests.


Correct.  You can "pursuade" through two means.  Force _or_ ideas (propaganda).   Too many people (government and other collectives) make their interests your interests through both of those means.  In intellectual circles, control through ideas is ALWAYS prefered as it allows the collective or group to expand without eliminating agents to expand the idea.

Founding fathers knew these inate corruptions existed within ourselves and hence created the concept that no man must be above a law.   Where a law was the very thing to protect us from ourselves and our inate desire to make our own interests that of others.

headhunt's picture

Superdude - that is Super Fucked Up

KickIce's picture

Not new but maybe a new twist?  They don't care about the MSM as they already own them or have bought them off, hell,most ofthem would rather talk about Justin Beiber than the NSA anyways. What they care about is the "rogue" journalist or more specifically those on the internet that dare publish the truth.

Mentaliusanything's picture

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Compehension 101 could not have made it any clearer. It is the key to keeping them honest and accountable. National security START at home. Read the transcripts of President JF Kennedy on "freedom of the Press"

“Ladies and gentlemen. The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society. And we are as a people, inherently and historically, opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago, that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweigh the dangers which are cited to justify it.

Even today, there is little value in opposing the thread of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in assuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.

That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it’s in my control. And no official of my administration whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes, or to withhold from the press or the public the facts they deserve to know.

For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. (VN:  This description tells us he not only knew their tactics already, but he knew “WHO” by this time as well.)

It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. It’s mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.

No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding, and from that understanding comes support or opposition, and both are necessary.

I’m not asking your newspapers to support an administration. But I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed.

I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers, I welcome it. This administration intends to be candid about its errors. For as a wise man once said, an error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it. We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors. And we expect you to point them out when we miss them.

Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed, and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker, Solon, decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy.

That is why our press was protected by the First Amendment, the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution, not primarily to amuse and to entertain, not to emphasis the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply give the public what it wants, but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crisis and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.

This means greater coverage and analysis of international news, for it is no longer far away and foreign, but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improve the understanding of the news as well as improve transmission. And it means finally that government at all levels must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security.

And so it is to the printing press, to the recorder of man’s deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news, that we look for strength and assistance. Confident that with your help, man will be what he was born to be, free and independent.

The article is reproduced in accordance with Section 107 of title 17 of the Copyright Law of the United States relating to fair-use and is for the purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.

alien-IQ's picture

And some Americans still have the audacity to criticize Putin?

WTF_247's picture

Imagine is a revolution started in one of the states in Canada that is a major pipeline corridor for oil/gas to the US and Canada and the exports to the globe.  Secessionissts decide to overthrow the local govt and snatch control.  

Do you actually think that the US would sit here with rhetoric?  Do you think they would criticize the govt of Canada for stopping it?  

In less than 24 hours we would have troops in place to fight/overthrow that shit - no questions asked.

the same could be said of Mexico - the drug cartels overtake the oil/gas pipelines to US/Mexico and the globe.

Somehow its different when its on the other side of the world.  If it happened here we would not even be having the discussion - the military would already be taking charge.

Leraconteur's picture

Your analogy is total nonsense.


It's a sovereign nation.

It's like the Philippines - formerly ours, now not ours and it can determine its own fate.

PeaBird's picture

HAHAHA...And Hillary believes Putin is the new Hitler??? Fuck that's some funny shit...

Al Huxley's picture

She just SAYS that, she doesn't really believe it.

Dr. Engali's picture

These fuckers aren't going to quit until they take away what little freedoms we have left if they aren't stopped first.

NoDebt's picture

We hold these so-called "truths" to be self-evident, except that nobody can define what self-evident means to any given individual who may or may not believe in said "truths".  Therefore, all that follows is hereby null and void.  Trust us, you won't miss your freedoms hardly at all. 

Colonel Klink's picture

The people need to try and convict him for high crimes and misdemeanors agains the American people.  In addition he need to be tried and convicted for treason and unconstitutional acts against the same.

Then hanged!

Road Hazard's picture

Tried and convicted where, Moscow? Look around....... the courts/justUS system in 'murica is a farce. Bush and his puppet master Cheney weren't tried for treason when they took the US to war against a man that had NOTHING to do with 9/11 and never had any WMDs. No bankers were prosecuted for crashing the banking system in 2008 (and continue doing God's work til this day).... Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS scandals, illegal detentions, droning of innocent women and children, toppling foreign governments, Syria and "proof" of chemical weapon use, and on and on and on. End result, nothing will ever change. Sure, the people that are awake know what needs to be done but we aren't organized and there isn't enough of us. The rest of the sheep are to busy watching celebrities on TV whore themselves in front of the camera and watching their local sports team. As others  have said, we deserve our fate, 100%! I fear that as time marches on, the US sheep will continue to be a bunch of ignorant pussies about what is trully going on in the world and how corrupt our government is and will gladly help the goons round us up and cheer as we're executed.

As in Japan, the NSA will get their wish and anyone that publishes state secrets or rather, stories that embarrass the state, will face HUGE fines and definitely be thrown in prison for 50+ years if not outright executed on live TV as an example to other "traitors".

Colonel Klink's picture

At least one can dream, can he?

erg's picture

Full court retard at subjugation in motion.

Unmask, unmask...and the red death held sway over all.

LosOsos's picture

"Snowden’s surveillance revelations – which he referred to only as “media leaks” – was complicating his ability to get congressional support for a bill that would permit the NSA and the military Cyber Command he also helms to secretly communicate with private entities like banks about online data intrusions and attacks."


Right... cause the NSA doesn't already secretly communicate with private entities such as banks and google and the media is allowed to report freely on whatever issue. I'm still not sure what to make of Snowden, but this just seemed like pure jawboning. The NSA, or any agency of the federal government for that matter, don't give a shit about whether somethings 'legal' or not. This is just a little PR to feed the illusion that there are still restrictions on the federal govt's power and that we still have our 'freedoms'.

Meat Hammer's picture

And the average American responded with, "What's an amendment?"

Angus McHugepenis's picture

Meat my friend... Acts, Statutes, Bylaws... Amendments this, Amendments that... it's all part of controlling you in THEIR game and making you think you were born into this Corporate rule of so called "law". It ain't law. It's legalese speak. Do you work at Wal-Mart? No?... then why would you submit yourself to Wal-Marts corporate bylaws, etc? The company you work for, do you follow their rules when you go home for the day? We live 24/7 believing this bullshit that was hammered into us since birth.

What are the rules of Society? Who makes them? THE FUCKING LAW SOCIETY! Who gave them the power to make rules on your behalf? Do you belong to any Law Society? Do you think if you tried writing your own Laws that they would carry any weight with the Society that has all the law enforcement and guns on their side? (so far).

Look what happens in Ukraine. There is no law anymore. UN politicians are literally run out of town shortly after landing at the airport. The veil is off this scam we've grown up with and been brainwashed with. I don't know about you, but I'm looking to take some of it back and make the politicians and bankers suffer for this.

End of rant.

GetZeeGold's picture



And the average American responded with, "What's an amendment?"


Who needs amendments when you have entitlements?

Meat Hammer's picture

Taking away our freedom for our own good will ALWAYS be their mantra. Roll the fucking guillotines already.

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

So... do people here know that journalists dont actually have special rights under the Constitution and "the press" meant the printed word {in addition to speech - the spoken word}?

The NYT is a corporation...

We all have as much freedom from government restrictions on speech {an immunity, not a privilege}...

The question is, why don't we have the statutory protections journalists get?

Angus McHugepenis's picture

Johnny: You can only claim your "rights" if you play the game in their arena. If you want "statutory protections" then you must embrace your slavery and be happy under the umbrella of your masters.

headhunt's picture

Brilliant Angus - i was going to reply to JCB but your answer is much more eloquent.