When Whistleblowers Tell The Truth They're Traitors. When Government Lies It's Politics

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Via Carey Wedler via TheAntiMedia.org,

 Immediately after Wikileaks released thousands of documents revealing the extent of CIA surveillance and hacking practices, the government was calling for an investigation - not into why the CIA has amassed so much power, but rather, into who exposed their invasive policies.

A federal criminal investigation is being opened into WikiLeaks’ publication of documents detailing alleged CIA hacking operations, several US officials,reportedly told CNN.

According to USA Today:

The inquiry, the official said, will seek to determine whether the disclosure represented a breach from the outside or a leak from inside the organization. A separate review will attempt to assess the damage caused by such a disclosure, the official said.”

Even Democratic representative Ted Lieu, who has been urging whistleblowers to come forward to expose wrongdoing within the Trump administration, has turned his focus away from what the documents exposed and toward determining how it could have possibly happened.

I am deeply disturbed by the allegation that the CIA lost its arsenal of hacking tools,he said while calling for an investigation. “The ramifications could be devastating. I am calling for an immediate congressional investigation. We need to know if the CIA lost control of its hacking tools, who may have those tools, and how do we now protect the privacy of Americans.”

According to Lieu’s statements, the problem isn’t necessarily that the CIA is spying on Americans and invading innocent people’s technology without consent. It’s that the CIA mishandled their spying tools, and in doing so, endangered Americans’ privacy by exposing the tools to presumably ‘bad actors.’ The problem isn’t the corrupt agency violating basic privacy rights, but that they weren’t skillful enough to keep their corruption under wraps.

So goes the familiar whistleblower narrative in the United States. Whistleblowers step forward to expose wrongdoing on the part of government — something the government claims to support — and immediately, establishment institutions and the media bend the conversation away from the wrongdoing in order to focus on the unlawful release of secrets.

Putting aside the fact that, according to popular American mythology breaking the law is a patriotic duty, the government and politicians’ reactions are both hypocritical and habitual.

When Chelsea Manning revealed damning evidence of U.S. war crimes in Iraq, including soldiers directly targeting Reuters news staff, the response was not to investigate who allowed those crimes (in fact, a later Pentagon manual went on to describe instances in which it’s permissible to kill journalists; that version was later retracted after outcry from reporters). Rather, Manning was subject to a military tribunal and issued multiple life sentences, a cruel and unusual punishment reversed only in President Obama’s last days in office amid his attempts to salvage his abysmal human rights, transparency, and whistleblower record.

When Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the NSA’s warrantless mass surveillance of American citizens and millions of others around the world, the government’s response was not to investigate why those programs existed in the first place. Rather, they thrashed and flailed around the world, ordering the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales to be grounded in the hopes of catching the whistleblower. Congress later passed the deceptive “USA Freedom Act,” which codified continued surveillance.

Edward Snowden remains in exile, and establishment politicians repeatedly call him a traitor for exposing the crimes of his government. Some, including Trump’s CIA Director Mike Pompeo, have called for his execution. Mass surveillance continues, and the president himself is seeking to retain those powers as he condemns former President Obama for allegedly spying on him.

And so on and so forth. The same was true for John Kiriakou, Thomas Drake, William Binney, and Jeffrey Sterling. The government is exposed for wrongdoing, and rather than prove themselves to be representatives of the people by remedying those transgressions, they point fingers and divert, all the while refusing to relinquish the unjust power any given agency is exposed for having.

Many people are already aware that the government does little to actually serve them (Americans’ trust in political leaders and government, in general, is abysmally low). Rather, government agents and agencies operate to advance and concentrate their own interests and power. This is why penalties against killing government employees are more stringent than killing civilians. It is why stealing from the government is perceived as more outrageous to the State than stealing from a civilian. The government considers “crimes” committed against itself to carry the utmost offense, yet often fails to deliver justice to the people who provide their financial foundation.

As a result, the State does not even try to show remorse for its violative policies, even when they are exposed and splattered across social media for the world to see. Instead, with the help of corporate media, the debate is shifted to whether or not WikiLeaks is a criminal organization, or whether or not Edward Snowden is a traitor.

As White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said of the leaks:

“This is the kind of disclosure that undermines our country, our security. This alleged leak should concern every American for its impact on national security. … Anybody who leaks classified information will be held accountable to the maximum extent of the law.”

Meanwhile, we’re supposed to accept the government’s investigation of itself, which (surprise!) usually finds little or no wrongdoing on their own behalf and often consolidates and extends the very same power whistleblowers exposed in the first place.

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LawsofPhysics's picture

Yes.  The truth is always treason in an empire of lies.

All by design motherfuckers.

turnball the banker's picture

Assange is one sick perverted evil cunt

Whoa Dammit's picture

Obama's Kenyan half brother tweeted Obama's Kenyan birth certificate:

http://redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=66988

espirit's picture

"Putting aside the fact that, according to popular American mythology breaking the law is a patriotic duty, the government and politicians’ reactions are both hypocritical and habitual."

 

mala in se verses mala prohibita.

Red Team Crime Cartel or Blue Team Crime Cartel? Choose one.

 

wren's picture

"A separate review will attempt to assess the damage caused by such a disclosure"

So they will assess the damage done to something they use illegally? Hmmm....

If they weren't using it illegally, there would have been no desire for true Americans to call them out for breaking the law...

Koba the Dread's picture

"Hurrah for our side," everyone said.

worbsid's picture

I would imagine that O's half brother has had this all the time but did not want to show it because he might have gotten something from Obama as president.  Now that Obama is not president, the half brother might think that it is OK now.  Of course he just signed his death warrant.  Some snowflake will kill him.

worbsid's picture

My wife's comment, "Trump was right again."

whatsupdoc's picture

Mr (I assume) Turnball - Mr Assange has the biggest balls of anyone in the last 500 years.

I assume yours are nowhere to be found.

 

Cassandra.Hermes's picture

So being traitor: Donald Trump's new FCC boss, Ajit Pai, has nuked an Obama-era rule that banned ISPs from selling off your browsing data, location, financial and health information, children's information, Social Security Number and contents of your messages, without your permission.
So good luck!

kellys_eye's picture

There is much made about dealing with 'whistle blowers' and 'leakers' and calls for their prosecution to the fullextent of the law - but NOTHING on Clinton's culpability........

Giant Meteor's picture

Small time grifters from Little Rock, to Clinton Global Grifting Initiative. Do the math.

You think somehow they got there without help? Lot's and lot's of help? See thats the thing, the "swamp" is everyfuckingwhere, it s a big swamp, and we're all swimming in it.

Well certainly NOT me you say! Bullshit.

These swamp creatures didn't get where they are /were without the tacit appoval and epic cognitive dissonance of the little people of Little Rock and beyond. Cheering right on cue every two and four years for their preferred puppets of one or two varied shades, blue and red ...

I say keep up the heat, let them self destruct. The world will sigh a great collective sigh of relief.

Sic semper tyrannis

Chupacabra-322's picture

Simply put, when the Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. does it. It's Criminal. And, for those of you keeping score at home it's with Open, in your face Criminality with Impunity. Unaccountable to no one.

Welcome to Serfdom.

Giant Meteor's picture

Correct. This is what we are all baring witness to.

No hiding now ... forget hiding. Resist.

Zorba's idea's picture

All the way from Medina to Moscow without spending your own dime...somebody must have taken a real shine to these small town hucksters

BennyBoy's picture

 

It's already been sold.

Obama was barn doors closed after the horse left.

All your digital shit is for sale.

As Comey said: There aint no mo privacy, bitchez!

Zorba's idea's picture

Cassandra, I recall a 1/24/17 article in ZDNET where Mr Pai's is called out on being anti-net neutrality. Regarding your claim that Pai intends to allow ISP's to sell off personal data, don't the ISP's already have access for all this through numerous "Edge Providers"?  Would appreciate any sources you may have to further clarify. Frankly, I am more concerned over Pai's intention to stike down the FCC's Title II authority enforcing open internet protections..."your ISP must provide equal broadband access to you or any site  w/out slowing down or speeding up sites for additional fees"          

 

Grumbleduke's picture

Edward Snowden, the man at the heart of the NSA information leaks, is nothing but a “traitor” — and America ought to recreate history in dealing with him, real estate mogul Donald Trump said on a “Fox & Friends” interview.

In other words, execute him, Mr. Trump implied.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jul/2/donald-trump-edward-snowd...

LawsofPhysics's picture

Interesting, so Mr. Trump is in favor of the current "let the majority eat cake" monetary, political, social, and economic experiment?

Good to know. Disappointing, but good to know.

HRClinton's picture

Donald J Thump, the Bait & Switch Candidate. 

Donald the ducky Candidate, whose quacking entertained and fooled the Libertarians and Independents.

Thump the lucky President, who serves the GOP and its elite sponsors. 

You got played, folks. 

Lock Him Up! Lock Him Up!

Mr. Universe's picture

Sorry Bubbles but we knew this all along already. The fact is we would rather have a loose canon clown who is a legend in his own mind rather than Hillary. End of story.

Umh's picture

Get over it. According to this bit of 'research' HRC never stood a chance.

http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=8889

Dreamweaver's picture

She who cannot breathe the truth speaks. No sale.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

U forgot or omitted by intent a crucial detail, the cell must host two beds, one for the fellow Hillary 'Cunty Bitch' Hilton

Zorba's idea's picture

It must be painful to have lost so many of your special friends dear Hrot. We do truly miss you, so, so much. But frankly, you really weren't up to the challenge, even though all your esteemed adoring brigades of media were desperately trying to cast you as having been already annointed, the elections, pffffff, that was just a formality, and you believed the mirror mirror feedback for so long, until well, no need to digress.  Yes, regarding Donald, the improbable and imperfect pugnacious outsider. What ever will come of his tenure, good or bad, i can live with. But, I believe he actually cares about our country despite his own shortcomings. You, your serial rapist willy, Barry, and all the rest of your kind have been fully exposed for the treasonous, repugnant, criminal, corrupt pieces of shits that ever held any office. My gut sense of President Trump is he is his own man with principles that haven't occupied the nations executive office in a long time. In due time, as he adapts to our fucked up government, he'll demonstrate he is up to the task of fixing, repairing, replacing whatever comes his way. I'll be rooting for the guy...he's got a mountain of corruption to overcome, as YOU well know.  

blindman's picture

When Whistleblowers Tell The Truth They're Traitors. When Government Lies It's Politics.
.
that explains why all governments fail.

Publicus's picture

Snowden is a Soros operative, look it up.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Publicus bleated:

Snowden is a Soros operative, look it up.

Well, well, well, I looked it up and it said Snowden is not a Soros operative.

That makes you a liar.

WTFUD's picture

Meet the New Administration, same as the Old Administration.

SilverRoofer's picture

Take a bow for the new revolution

https://youtu.be/rtHshBWFRyg

We don't get fooled again

Brazen Heist's picture

When whistle-blowers in the free West are running to Russia and Ecuador, you know something is fucked up!

indygo55's picture

Binney said the NSA has everything. Every phone call, text, website visited, everything. The FISA court is theater. Window dressing. The FISA court allows prosecutors to recreate fake parallel sources to make it look like they got permission to create the illusion they didn't break the 4th amendment. THEY ALREADY BROKE THE 4TH AMENDMENT!!!

Its all theater. Thats what Binney said. It was written here on ZH. These talking heads keep refering to warrants. They don't need a fucking warrant. They alreay have it. EVERYTHING. 

Brazen Heist's picture

In theory they could have ALOT of data with their backdoors and dragnets.

But in reality, they have finite manpower to sift through all that data, and make sense of it. The more of us that rebel, encrypt and become defiant, the more taxing it is on their resources.

Like I enjoy saying. They can have my data. But I'm going to make the fuckers work for it, and waste their finite resources in getting it.

Ms No's picture

They might not need people to sift through some of the data.  They could probably have a computer program sift through terms: guns, the Constitution, the Federal Reserve, Jews, drugs, gold... etc.  Then you could be catagorized a whether not you were a proper sheep or a target.

Brazen Heist's picture

You're probably right. The algos will be hard at work.

Thing is. I don't give a shit. I can already see the limits to their powers.

just the tip's picture

a lot of the terms are innocuous.  it could possibly be done on phone calls of creating a folder for a particular phone number.  they could also run the conversation through a voice recognition software filter.  then file it away for the next conversation that comes their way.  of course i'm cynical enough to say something like sheep are targets too.

FoggyWorld's picture

They started out with a 600 word list under a program called Echelon.   It was at EFF (Electric Fronter Foundation) and probably still is out there.

Zorba's idea's picture

They are implementing AI technologies to overcome that. Hell fastfooders are flipping burgers with bots

quax's picture

And if you'd bother to add the amount of storage that'll require you'd know this is BS.

They may have the metadata on pretty much everything but not the actual transcripts.

 

DuneCreature's picture

Nonsense. ..... They have all the content that is meaningful to them and save EVERYTHING to parse through it. ....... Your mom's phone calls to the hairdresser timeout and get discarded after they sniff it good.

My guess is, anyone posting here at ZH gets their stuff tagged for archiving. ..... As do a bunch of other categories of 'interesting people'.

Live Hard, You Do The Math On What A Terabyte Will Store, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

quax's picture

Slightly smarter comment, until the notion that the ZH morons here are "interesting" - lol.

IndyPat's picture

If you'd bother to read up on Binney, you'd know to not talk shit about that which you have no idea of.

Storage is dirt cheap.

Not that money is an issue. At all.

quax's picture

It's not money but sheer capacity you moron. The CIA would be idiotic to try to store everything.

http://wersm.com/how-much-data-is-generated-every-minute-on-social-media/

In Ze No's picture

It's not about saving every "Hey Mom, can I go to Sophie's house?", text.  It's about how quickly they can zero in and watch your every move if you present trouble for them.  I would imagine if anything you said provided a potential leverage opportunity, that would go in a LT file.

quax's picture

"It's about how quickly they can zero in and watch your every move if you present trouble for them."

Yep, and the way they do this is by retaining metadata. 

TeethVillage88s's picture

***- Right to freedom from quartering of govt in our house without our consent (Americans don't want NSA, CIA, DHS, TSA, or border control inside out devices, smart phones, PDAs, PCs, TVs, Refrigerators) (And Trump E.O Today: Our Kids are Precious they have Cell Phones and Devices, this is Tyranny, Protect our kids from Pedos!!!)

E.O. Today, President Donald J. Trump, Please!
- Call it the CIA, NSA, Govt in our Homes, Anti-Pedo Act

Chupacabra-322's picture

The "Spoofing" or Digital Finger Print & Parallel Construction tools that can be used against Governments, Individuals, enemies & adversaries are Chilling.

Effective immediately defund, Eliminate & Supeona it's Agents, Officials & Dept. Heads in regard to the Mass Surveillance, Global Espionage Spying network & monitoring of a President Elect by aforementioned Agencies & former President Obama, AG Lynch & DIA James Clapper.

The CIA can not only hack into anything -- they can download any "evidence" they want onto your phone or computer.  Child pornography, national secrets, you name it.  Then they can blackmail you, threatening prosecution for whatever crap they have planted, then "found" on your computer.    They can also "spoof" the source of such downloads -- for instance, if they want to "prove" that something on your computer (or Donald Trump's computer) came from a "Russian source"  -- they can spoof the IP address of a Russian source.

The take-away:  no digital evidence the CIA or NSA produces on any subject whatsoever can be trusted.  No digital evidence should be acceptable in any case where the government has an interest, because they have the complete ability to fabricate and implant any evidence on any iphone or computer.  And worse:  they have intentionally created these digital vulnerabilities and pushed them onto the whole world via Microsoft and Google.     Government has long been at war with liberty, claiming that we need to give up liberty to be secure.  Now we learn that they have been deliberately sabotaging our security, in order to augment their own power.  Time to shut down the CIA and all the other spy agencies.  They're not keeping us free OR secure, and they're doing it deliberately.  Their main function nowadays seems to be lying us into wars against countries that never attacked us, and had no plans to do so.

DuneCreature's picture

Have you seen the shirt pocket sized Sting Ray device?

Well, it does a LOT more than intercept and record (Auto records a BUNCH of numbers). It can save to a connected phone drive, all under the radar. .....

What does that mean? ..

That means any state trooper sitting on the side of the highway can spot your daughter or wife going down the highway yakking on her phone and 'stealth call' her phone back up, right during her phone conversation, and plant his dick pics on her phone drive with the text message that says "Here's my pic and my number, give me a call we need to get together or I tell your dad what's on your phone. Oh, BTW I'm a cop, so if you report this you will be laughed at, so don't." ... It can probably make that message auto delete too.

That function of Ray will never be abused, of course.

Live Hard, I Hope I Didn't Just Give Super Trooper Barney Any Big New Ideas, Die Free

~ DC v5.0