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James Clapper Begins Propaganda Tour After Students Identify Edward Snowden As "Personal Hero"

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Kevin Gosztola over at Firedoglake does some excellent work, and his latest story about the recent activities of perjuring Director of National Intelligence for the U.S., James Clapper, is no exception. To provide a little context, the Washington Post recently reported that:

Freitag skimmed the extracurriculars, read the first essay, rated it good. GW also asks students to list a role model and two words to describe themselves. As for herself, Freitag said, she would list “Martha Stewart/Tina Fey” and “sassy/classy.”This year, she’s seeing a lot of Edward Snowden citations.

Freitag is an admissions officer at George Washington University, and apparently this trend of college students accurately identifying Edward Snowden as a hero has given James Clapper a panic attack. So much so, that he is taking time away from protecting us from “terrorists” (a term that now apparently includes folks at the Bundy Ranch according to Harry Reid) to embark upon a propaganda speaking tour of U.S. college campuses to demonstrate to those silly young kids that Snowden is no hero, but actually a traitorous villain.

This whole thing is eerily similar to Banana Ben Bernanke’s college propaganda tour back in 2012, which demonstrates that the status quo simply has one playbook that it sticks to aggressively. The only question I have is how long before Clapper realizes he can earn $250,000 a speech once he leaves his current role, as Benny Bernanke is currently raking in.

From Firedoglake:

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is touring universities and colleges in the United States in an attempt to persuade students that they should not consider former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a whistleblower or a hero.


Speaking at the GEOINT conference in Tampa, Florida, on April 15, Clapper addressed attendees and told university students at Georgetown University and the University of Georgia about a recent article in The Washington Post on college admissions.


“An admissions officer from George Washington University told The Post that for the admissions’ essay question, ‘Who’s your personal hero?’ the admissions officer observed that she was seeing a lot more of Edward Snowden citations. And the idea that young people see Edward Snowden as a hero really bothers me. So I thought I needed to talk about Snowden at Georgetown and Georgia and I am going to do the same elsewhere at colleges and universities.”

Seems like a great way to spend your time and taxpayer dollars.

The interior situation in Iraq, which is deteriorating, a “very assertive Russia” (“brings back memories”), “a competitive China,” a challenging Iran, “a dangerous unpredictable North Korea” and “global demands for resources” complicated by climate change were all mentioned as bugaboos for Clapper and the intelligence community. And Snowden’s leaks were accused of “complicating everything.”

No Clapper, the unconstitutional behavior of the intelligence agencies is what is “complicating everything.” Don’t try to deflect blame from where it belongs because a patriot decides to tell the public the truth about government criminality.

This is what statists never comprehend. The strength of a nation or culture does not come from government’s ability to do whatever it wants without having to adhere to the law, respect civil liberties or inform the public. The strength of a nation or culture comes from the rule of law, from freedom, from accountability, from enterprise and from faith in the institutions that define that nation or culture. Americans have been losing faith in all of the things that define America and for good reason. Snowden was just another nail in the coffin. Without genuine freedom in all aspects of life, politics, economics, communities, a culture will collapse and lose out to others. That is why the U.S. is in decline, not because Snowden revealed the cancer at the heart of U.S. intelligence and corporate America. He is just putting a mirror in front of us and forcing ourselves to look at the ugly reflection.

A good portion of Clapper’s speech was then spent addressing what he called the “myth of Edward Snowden.” He said he told students that “despite being a geezer” he got it.”


“I understand that a lot of young people see Snowden as a courageous whistleblower standing up to authority. I personally believe that whistleblowing in its highest form takes an incredible amount of courage and integrity. But Snowden isn’t a whistleblower,” Clapper declared.

Oh, ok Clapper. If you say so. You disingenuous perjuring creep.

“There’s an inspector general for NSA and another one for the entire intelligence community. My office has a civil liberties and privacy protection officer. Snowden could also have gone to the Justice Department or the Congress. And as we’ve seen Snowden is superb at finding information so I think he could have tracked those people down had he given it a little thought,” Clapper stated.


Actually, if he had gone to the NSA’s inspector general, George Ellard, according to Ellard himself, he would have said something like, “Hey, listen, fifteen federal judges have certified this program is okay.” He also would have tried to address Snowden’s “misperceptions” and his “lack of understanding what we do.”


So that’s what would have happened to Snowden if he tried to go through traditional channels. Absolutely nothing.


Perhaps, the biggest question might be how much will this tour of colleges and universities by Clapper cost. He spent a part of his speech bemoaning the budget cuts the intelligence community has managed to survive. Somehow they have come up with the money to fund traveling to talk to students about the “myth of Edward Snowden”?


Why should taxpayers be funding this propaganda? And doesn’t Clapper have a job to do as Director of National Intelligence?

Don’t worry taxpayers, pretty soon he will join Ben Bernanke on his magical mystery keynesian/statist bus tour and earn several hundred thousand dollars a speech.


Keep chanting serfs.

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Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:00 | 4687491 Rican
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And he would never lie.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:00 | 4687496 IdeasRbulletproof
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Neocons never do...

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:07 | 4687508 Supernova Born
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Edward Snowden would be curled-up naked in the fetal position in a cage, to be followed by life in the Florence, CO Supermax prison if it wasn't for Vlad Putin.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:09 | 4687542 Laughinggrizzley
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I think they would have found his body next to a nail gun...

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:14 | 4687552 Looney
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I wonder how he’s got his name "Clapper". One of his

ancestors must’ve been clapping while peeing, or in his sleep, or BOTH?  ;-)


Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:29 | 4687609 0b1knob
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In the photo he is touching his face.

Whenever a person says something and then touches their face or (with women) their hair thay are lying or bluffing.  Old poker players rule.   Works remarkably well even with professional liars and politicians.   Remember the Newtown speech where Obama said something and then wiped a nonexistent tear from his face?  Classic...

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:30 | 4687616 Pladizow
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Clapper (proven liar) vs Internet.

Who will win?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:32 | 4687622 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Perjury only applies when Uncle Sammy's Goons are questioning the Plebians, not the other way around.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:33 | 4687623 Pladizow
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“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because It's opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up familiar with it.” - Max Planck

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:41 | 4687668 Gen. Keith Alexander
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Clapper once sucked my dick while I was in the Captain's Chair, and was pretty good at it.  I blew my wad on his face, though.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:48 | 4687703 toys for tits
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Hope you didn't catch the clap. er, what a douche nozzle Clapper is.


Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:41 | 4687908 fonestar
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fonestar on a personal mission to identify Satoshi Nakamoto as major hero.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 17:12 | 4688029 Dick Buttkiss
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He's a hero, regardless of whether he's ever identified.  A demigod, in fact, given the profound impact his creation is going to have on the world.

Meanwhile, the State can kiss my ass.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 17:19 | 4688053 SoberOne
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Seriojs questions: why has he not been brought up on charges? What can we do to pursue charges against him?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:42 | 4688331 Abi Normal
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Ya praise Putin and Snowden at your own peril.

MOSCOW (AP) — The founder of Russia's leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.

Snowden is a traitor, Putin is a despot, Obama is a bumbling fool.  No white hats I tell ya!
Wed, 04/23/2014 - 17:31 | 4688101 wee-weed up
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Clapper's college crusade should go over about as well as a fart in a submarine - he'll be hooted off the stage!

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:41 | 4688327 nmewn
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Clapper, what an incomprehensible douche nozzle. All Snowden did was verify everyones suspicions about the lies being stammered out of statist mouths.

Here ya go Clapper (you perjuring retard) now that you have young peoples rapt attention, why don't you splain how the young were lied to about assuming massive student debt on the expectation of "high paying job security" and how they were lied to in order to get them to support  ObamaCare?

Fucking asshole.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:09 | 4688400 Canuckistan Al
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I betcha that a sneaker or two is gonna get tossed his way.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:46 | 4688522 wee-weed up
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No he rates feces - turds for the turd!

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:48 | 4687918 ebworthen
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Clapper and his ilk have no idea how much they have undermined belief in the U.S., or allegiance to it.

My bet is generations of Edward Snowdens to follow, and a wave of expatriation from U.S.A.

There will be some true believers left casting their hearts back to the 1950's and Eisenhower or the 1960's and Kennedy/Camelot - but they will be the new minority amidst a sea of "minorities" and immigrants who have a "new vision" for Amurika.

Crossed the Rubicon.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:59 | 4687980 Keyser
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I'm afraid the well is poisoned in the US for generations to come. If it ever does recover it will look nothing as it does today. 


Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:55 | 4688366 Things that go bump
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George Bush blinked excessively when he was lying. I'm not the most perceptive person and even I could tell when he was confabulating.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:33 | 4688471 MeelionDollerBogus
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problem with that is some people will do this regardless of lying. The easiest way to prove Clapper is lying is to get him to admit it, which he did, and hold him to it until the end of time, which some of us will.
When I play poker I ensure to switch from giving no tells to giving them all the time regardless of anything about the cards, other players or what's on the table.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:12 | 4688409 August
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"Low-level Government Contractor Slays Partner, Self"

Page 18, below the fold.


Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:18 | 4687574 pods
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The whole notion that the head of our SS has to go out in public to tell us all the good he is doing is proof that they are losing.

I think younger people do not have fond memories of how great we were (nevermind the truth of those memories).

Clapper's goons have invaded their space, the internet, and I don't think kids are going to like that.

They are putting Snowden on their entrance apps for Christ sakes!

Sure libs might be rockstars on college campuses, but the secret police are not going to find as warm a welcome there.

Empire is getting desperate.


Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:35 | 4687632 centerline
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Damage control for sure.  Containment.

What is ironic is that the demographic at hand is just going question more as a result of the push back.  

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:57 | 4687738 Excursionist
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Clapper doing damage control rounds is not interesting.

What is interesting is the sequence of events that led to Clapper's going on this tour.  Think about this for a second..  Despite Hollywood myths, the NSA has a fantastic bureaucracy not unlike other large, well-funded government organizations.

Through its byzantine org structure a memo must have percolated to the very top with something akin to, "We have a situation here.  HR is flagging this as a serious undergrad recruiting risk." 

And that memo must have contained credible, compelling evidence of a groundswell of admiration for Snowden among some cohort of young people.  How that evidence was attained and the very fact that it was attained at all are what's interesting in this story.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:59 | 4687831 Supernova Born
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Join up, surveil, and be surveilled for the rest of your life (and your family, friends, etc.).

However, if at any point in the future we "pre-crime" determine there is a chance you might go Snowden on us?


"We" aren't making that mistake again. Also, questions from your family after your totally unforeseen heart attack/stroke/aneurysm would be unwise.

Brown shirt blues.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:29 | 4688645 ParkAveFlasher
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NSA monitors everything.  They feed it into a database.  Or perhaps this is oursourced to the Facebooks of the world.  The information is rated and summed, and vectored and charted.  Threzholds are breached, and action requests sent.  The largeness of the problem begets the direct attention of stakeholders higher and higher up the org. chart.  Fewer and fewer of them have answers.  They revolt, or walk away.  Pretty soon only the chief remains, and the ten foot pole that no one will touch him with.  And, then, BOOM.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 17:02 | 4687995 Keyser
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How that evidence was attained and the very fact that it was attained at all are what's interesting in this story.

Why do you think these types of profile questions are asked of new students to begin with? It's been going on for decades. 


Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:12 | 4688411 MeelionDollerBogus
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Indeed. They're not shit-scared that young people hate them. They don't care.
They're shit-scared that their #1 source of recruits for the future will either be dedicated whistleblowers or dedicated at refusing to be available (though having the sought-out skills) and telling others not to join up.
No matter how much they take (money) to feed the NSA-beast if they can't hire agents they are done as an agency.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:23 | 4688443 LongMarch
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Damage Control is short for "We're losing and have no fucking idea what to do about it"

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:55 | 4687961 ebworthen
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Well said pods.

I hope Clapper gets booed and heckled off the stage wherever he goes.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:56 | 4688367 mccvilb
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This was taken from his speech in front of GEOINT and a small audience of approx 200 corporate vendor types. This transpired a day or two after his visits to the two Universities. He spent most of his speech reading from his notes and patting himself and the government on the back. Show us a speech to an audience of students and their response, please.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:53 | 4687718 Jack Burton
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That is a valid point Supernova. Indeed, Snowden would be held in a torture prison, something America specializes in. Had Putin not allowed Snowden asylum and FSB protection, he would be tortured 24/7 by the army of sadists that America calls our prison guards. I even read in the British press that the British embassy in Moscow is now a central planning location for British foreign intelligence agents in their quest to find where Snowden is inside Russia and to mount an operation to kidnap him and render him to the American secret torture prison system. Snowden would likely be sent to a CIA torture cell in Poland, his fate would be worse than death. I would like nothing better than for some British snatch teams to get caught by FSB or Spetsnaz teams inside Russia trying to kidnap Snowden. Parade the cunts on Russian TV and run a trail for all the world to see.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:58 | 4687741 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Well they psychologically torture men until they wish to be girls. Just ask Chelsea Manning. Was the USSR under Stalin that harsh?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:06 | 4688391 mc225
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snowden is disinfo/limited hangout. for someone with supposed access to mountains of inside information, he hasn't revealed much, if anything.

it could be that clapper is working some kind of angle.

anyway, the snowden narrative really doesn't seem to ring true.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:05 | 4687516 ultimate warrior
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Truth is treason in the Empire of lies.


-Ron Paul

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:08 | 4687536 McMolotov
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Clap on, clap off... fuck Clapper.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:10 | 4687545 Stoploss
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Remember Clapper- It takes one to know one!!!!!!!!!

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:10 | 4687544 101 years and c...
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only a matter of time before all ZH readers are labeled as traitors.  mr fascist totus will make sure of that.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:23 | 4688285 Tale2cities
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I prefer "domestic terrorist" Fuck you goons and your militarized swat team police forces.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:31 | 4688309 nasa
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Year zero 2.0 will not be kind to ZH readers.  Walmart Shoppers yes.  ZH Readers no.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:50 | 4687712 NOTW777
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he s teaching Lying 101

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:01 | 4687761 uno
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does anyone believe he is being paid this for his insights.  Just like O's book or Clintons books/speeches, Bernamke speeches - this is just a way of K street/wall street/CIA et al paying their puppets off.  No one could care less what these idiots say, just like the MSM audience is a complete fabrication, and click farms and likes and O/hollywierd's followers on twitter/fakebook.

250,000 to show how much of an idiot he is, nigga please

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:30 | 4687866 BlindMonkey
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I was at Keith Alexander's first appearance as a private citizen after he retired. There was a room full of about 1700 network security pros. When he departed there was polite applause and about 30 stood up for a standing ovation. Normally this draws the remaining crowd onto their feet. I was determined that I was not going to and watched the rest of the room. They didn't stand either much to my surprise.

Nobody else believes their horseshit and Clapper, if he is honest with himself, will realize it very soon on the lie tour.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:45 | 4687916 NotApplicable
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Thing is, TPTB don't care if we believe or not. It's all about producing a narrative to fight over.

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:26 | 4688634 TeMpTeK
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#AskClapper in 3.....2.......1..

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:00 | 4687494 Pairadimes
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I recommend level IIIa ballistic armor for all his public appearances.

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