NSA Surveillance: On Edward Snowden’s Oath and Motives

By Allan Weisbecker

Allen and Honey“If Edward Snowden is who he says he is, he is a true hero and patriot. If, as some evidence might suggest, he is part of a psy-op meant to further subvert our Constitution, then he is not. But either way, the information he has helped make public can be turned against those whose life’s work is to deceive us.”–Allan Weisbecker

As I write, it’s been more than two months since Edward Snowden hit the media front page and I’m still waiting for someone to mention that Snowden, as a federal employee (of both the CIA and the NSA, plus the Army), took the following oath:

I, Edward Snowden, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

Keep in mind that the oath uses two words – ‘support and defend’ — where one would easily do. The framers not being disposed to redundancy, this, I assume, is to accentuate, to make absolutely clear, the seriousness of the matter of the oath. And the framers are not done on the subject. The very next phrase states that Snowden must ‘bear true faith and allegiance’ to the Constitution, the obvious subtext being that not only must Snowden act in supporting and defending, but he must actually feel a certain way — having ‘true faith’ is not even voluntary!

Presumably, this clause is meant to weed out (from federal employment) people who do not in their gut believe in the Constitution — if you do not or cannot ‘bear true faith and allegiance’ to the Constitution, look elsewhere for employment. (This inability describes virtually all of our elected officials – who take a similar oath – although this is a slightly separate subject.)

"What about the oath, Ed?"

“What about the oath, Ed?”

Also keep in mind that the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, whereas whatever law it is alleged that Snowden broke, be it the Espionage Act, or Theft of Government Property, or whatever they want to come up with, are not. This is a lawful obligation. In other words, if Edward Snowden witnessed a crime against the Constitution he was legally obliged to expose it.

We also need to keep in mind that the abuses to which the information being obtained are vast and various, ranging from knowing how members of Congress are planning to vote to whether the Director of the CIA might be having an affair. They include violations of doctor/patient, lawyer/client and teacher/student confidentiality. They afford opportunities to make enormous sums on the stock market on the basis of insider information. The potential for blackmail or for identifying “enemies of the national security state” are endless. And remember that virtually all US intel is process in Tel Aviv. Israel’s access knows no bounds!

If in fact we are going to assume (or pretend) that the United States is a country wherein rule of law is taken seriously, and if the Constitution is indeed the Supreme Law of the Land, any legitimate threat to its tenets as perceived by an oath-taker must take precedence over any other law, be it state or federal. This is not only a clear interpretation of the Constitution itself, but has been upheld by case law, including the Supreme Court (Marbury vs Madison, among others).

The Fourth Amendment

So, in accessing Snowden’s guilt or innocence — it being a legal matter — let’s see what we’re dealing with; let’s define our terms. Let’s first take a look at the Supreme Law of the Land, the one most clearly applicable passage, i.e., the 4th Amendment in the Bill of Rights:

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Clearly, this clause defines what ‘an authority’ (be it local, state, or federal) can ‘seize’ from ‘the people.’ (The Constitution differentiates between ‘person’ and ‘citizen,’ ‘person’ referring to any human being, citizen or not. The 4th Amendment applies to anyone under the jurisdiction of the United States.)

Since the programs Snowden has exposed involve illegal wiretaps, let’s look up the legal definition of ‘wiretap’ (I hope you’re already wondering why you haven’t heard/read this before, but more on the media to come.):

A form of electronic eavesdropping accomplished by seizing or overhearing communications by means of a concealed recording or listening device connected to the transmission line.

Notice that the legal definition of ‘wiretap’ uses the same word as does the 4th Amendment, where the latter refers to what authorities cannot do without a warrant: ‘Seize.’ (‘Seize’ being defined as ‘take possession by force’; ‘capture’; ‘confiscate’.) Times have changed since the framing of the Bill of Rights, i.e., what is referred to by ‘papers and effects.’ As defined by lower and U.S. Supreme Court decisions, ‘papers and effects’ includes telephonic and electronic communications. Any private communication between individuals is sacrosanct under the Supreme Law of the Land.

Media Obfuscation

For our purposes, simply put: a court adjudicated warrant must be issued to ‘seize’ your phone calls and emails. (In U.S. vs Warshak,,the Sixth Circuit Court recognized that email is equivalent to a letter or phone call for the purposes of the 4th Amendment.) The Patriot Act broadened wiretapping rules, giving authorities the right to seize phone records as long as they exclude message content. This is the greatest point of media-generated obfuscation in the issue of Edward Snowden’s guilt or innocence; ditto re the issue of possible felonies perpetrated by other federal officials. Right or wrong, as of now, it is not illegal to seize ‘meta-data,’ i.e., phone records (again, excluding content).

Do you get it? No? I’ll spell it out:

Even after the Constitution-busting Patriot Act, you still need a warrant to ‘seize’ content of phone calls and emails. As soon as you record and archive communications, you are ‘seizing’ it.

Does anyone have an argument with that? One more time:


To argue that ‘wiretapping’ has not occurred if no one has listened to (or read) the content is like saying it’s okay to rob a bank, as long as you don’t spend the money. It’s a legally, morally, and logically indefensible position. Yet this is the position taken by the media and the government in the matter of Edward Snowden.

It is my view – and it’s the purpose of this essay to demonstrate – that the ‘Snowden issue’ may be — and I believe it is — a carefully crafted psy-op meant to subvert the Constitution — principally the 4th Amendment — by redefining ‘wiretap’ and other associated terms, including ‘surveillance,’ ‘eavesdrop,’ ‘target,’ and the like.

NSA “Seizures”

Now let’s decide whether the NSA is in fact ‘seizing’ the content of phone and email communications (for simplicity’s sake we’ll leave out other types of data, google searches and the like). Remember the David Petraeus/John Allen affair last year? No? A reminder:

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According to the FBI itself, 30,000 pages of emails were ‘seized’ during this ‘investigation’ – this was not only without a warrant, but no crime was committed or even suspected. If you look at the details of the case (actually, there was no ‘case,’ only invasions of privacy), every keystroke these people made while online was recorded and archived. There is no other way to explain the detailed information that the FBI possessed and then leaked, arguably changing world history.

Note: In order to communicate privately, Petraeus and Paula Broadwell created an anonymous (they thought) email account and communicated by saving ‘drafts,’ which they erased after reading – no emails were actually sent. Apparently the CIA Director did not know that every keystroke his (and Broadwell’s) computer registered was being recorded, analyzed, and archived for future scrutiny. This means that no type of encryption, however clever/complex can defeat the NSA’s data-mining system, since the ‘wiretapping’ precedes the encryption.

Petraeus scandal

Changing history

But the data-mining ‘changed world history’? Hyperbole, you say? David Petraeus was the head of the CIA, within days of the scandal due to testify before the congressional committee investigating the Benghazi affair. John Allen was the proposed NATO chief, due for Senate confirmation. Both were forced to step down by the exposure of their private communications. (That they are both undoubtedly scumbags is not the point.)

You wanna talk about power?

But back on point (Snowden’s legal status): That the ‘relevant’ (again, no crime was committed or even suspected) emails (and possibly phone calls and messages) were seized (recorded) in real time (is there any other way?) without an issued warrant is not arguable. This is strong evidence that all electronic communications are likewise seized, probably via keystroke sensing in the case of Internet communications – a clear and previously defined felony, and breach of the 4th Amendment.

That this was never mentioned during the media imbroglio is undoubtedly part of the psy-op to make it ‘acceptable’ that all electronic communications are seized and archived by the federal government, principally the NSA. Need more proof? Here’s Russell Tice, a decorated veteran of the Air Force, the DIA, the NSA and a whistleblower from 2005:

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You don’t believe Russell Tice? Let’s hear from the FBI, a ‘counterterrorism’ expert we’ve glimpsed in a previous clip:

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‘There’s a way to look at digital communications in the past.’ The obvious question: How could you look at any particular digital communication in the past unless you’d recorded them all? And indeed, the context of the agent’s words make it obvious that this is the case. Unless the NSA managed to procure 300 and some million warrants, not only is ‘looking at digital communications in the past’ illegal (via federal statutes) but a blatant, inarguable breakage of the Supreme Law of the Land, the 4th Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Edward Snowden took the oath to ‘protect and defend’ the Constitution three times. (His Army enlistment, his employment by the CIA, then the NSA.) Maybe one of those times it stuck.

Since over the past two months of the Snowden affair no one has made this point (except in passing), I may have some denial to penetrate, so I’ll yell: THE GOVERNMENT IS ILLEGALLY WIRETAPPING ALL DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS MADE BY EVERYONE, and according to multiple previous whistleblowers, it has been doing so for some time, since even before 9/11.

But let’s not get sidetracked by disbelief or outrage. For the moment, what we are dealing with is the matter of Edward Snowden’s guilt or innocence. (We’re saving his motives for later.)

What about “Proper Channels”?

There are those who have said that Snowden should have gone through proper channels in his exposing of the NSA’s blatantly illegal/unConstitutional shenanigans. Going through proper channels means Snowden would have used the Federal Whistleblower Protection Program; that was his only ‘proper channel.’

Let’s meet the official who oversees the program, the Director of National Intelligence:

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Not only is James Clapper the official who Snowden would rely on to ‘protect’ his rights, but the other official mentioned in the clip, Keith Alexander, was Snowden’s NSA boss, whose previous perjury inspired the congressman’s query. So imagine how that would go, as Snowden gingerly enters Director Clapper’s office, hoping for protection:

SNOWDEN: Sir, do you mind if I blow the whistle on the perjury you committed when you testified before Congress last month?

Coincidentally, Snowden’s NSA boss, Keith Alexander, wanders in.

SNOWDEN: Oh, and you too, sir. You two don’t mind having your careers ruined by perjury charges, do you? There’s the possibility of jail time, too.

The treatment of other whistleblowers may have entered Snowden’s mind as well, like Bradley Manning, whose ‘speedy trial’ for his whistle-blowing involved over two years in solitary confinement.

‘Proper channels?’ In an age wherein it is statutorily legal for the president to Guantanamo-ize a U.S. citizen with no judicial recourse (the N.D.A.A.) or, if he’s feeling extra cranky, to blow him to smithereens (Anwar al-awlaki and his 16-year old son, neither of whom were even under indictment for a crime) via extra-judicial citizen hit lists? Give me a moment to stop giggling.

But what about ‘national security’?

Is there a bona fide ‘war on terror’?

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‘Arguably 16’ U.S. citizen deaths by terrorism since 9/11? (This is of course not counting countries we have actively attacked or are militarily occupying.) You might want to argue that the Fort Hood killings should count (they shouldn’t) and/or the Boston marathon bombing (an obvious government black op), etc., etc. But by any halfway reasonable count the number is still below 100. Way below 100. In fact, below 50. In thirteen years. Going on three times the length of World War II.

The fact that there is no war on terror sort of throws some perspective on the matter of Edward Snowden – his guilt or innocence – doesn’t it? (Ditto re his motives, but we’re saving the most interesting for last.)

More Media Obfuscation

What the media/government does is go on and on about ‘ meta-data,’ assuring us that it is not illegal or unconstitutional to archive it. They are 100% correct. Let’s listen to the president himself on this subject and see if anyone notices the elephant in the room:

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As Greenwald and Snowden and, indeed, everyone involved in the NSA data mining very well know, the salient point – salient by miles, by light years – is that the NSA digital content seizing represents billions of felonies committed by the NSA every day.

Everyone involved in this program or who knew about it (pre-Snowden) should be (impeached if necessary then) indicted, tried, and if found guilty serve jail time for violating the Supreme Law of the Land, plus in some cases for perjury and/or lying to the American people (which brought Nixon down). Here are just some of the culprits, plus a few of their media cohorts (although they took no oath, let’s jail them on GPs, general principles):

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These clips are crucial! The last section exposes The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman as perhaps the most significant of liar in the Edward Snowden saga. Amidst a journalistic brouhaha with Greenwald at the Guardian, Gellman ‘broke the story’ on this side of the pond with his Post version of Snowden’s whistleblowing. That Gellman would blatantly lie about the NSA’s ability to ‘look back into the past,’ (proved in the video) when his very own source (among many others) contradicts him, is extremely significant.

Why, after all, would he put his reputation on the line by lying? There can be only one reasonable answer: He was acting on orders from on high. Which begs some questions: What about the Guardian and Greenwald?… Why ‘fix’ one information source if you can’t fix the other?… What about Snowden?…

The plot coagulates. Assuming Snowden is who he says he is, and assuming he does not want to go to jail, and assuming he believes in rule of law, what he and Greenwald should be harping on is the clear breakage of the Constitution and the oath to support and defend it taken by everyone involved, including the president. But not a word about this crystal clear issue, from these folks, or anyone else. Greenwald, by the way, is not only a lawyer, but a Constitutional lawyer. One would think he’d know.

Who or what is Edward Snowden?

Try as I might, I’ve only come up with two possibilities to explain Snowden et al’s total silence on the matter of Snowden’s oath and their de facto silence on the matter of the 4th Amendment:

They are really, really stupid.


They are following orders.

If there’s a third possibility, help me out. Maybe I’m stupid. (I sure as hell am not under orders.)

If Snowden is operating under orders from on high, who is issuing them and for what reason? One way to understand motive(s) is to infer from effects. So: What were/are the effects of Snowden’s ‘revelations’ (again, they are actually old news)? Most of these effects infer a conflict/power struggle amongst those with real power.

Call them what you will: The Shadow Government (or to wax redundant, the Secret Shadow Government), the Deep State, The Powers that (shouldn’t) Be, the Illuminati, The Elite, whatever – The Corporate/Wall Street/ Intel Network/Secret Society/Foundation supported psychopaths who assassinated JFK, perpetrated 9/11, plus all kinds of crimes against humanity in between. Let’s keep it simple and refer to ‘them’ as the State.

Enemies of the State

If Snowden is one of the State’s lower tier — a plant or dupe or asset, wittingly or unwittingly part of a psy-op or power play — it’s a safe bet that he’s a pawn in a struggle among the top tier. The true nature of the power struggle can only be guessed at; you and I can only speculate. But let’s do so, using the known effects of the Snowden Affair as the start point and consider several alternative hypotheses h:

h1. We know there is discord in the Obama Administration, especially regarding what to do about Syria. I’ll let Webster Tarpley (a piece of work but you gotta love him) sum up this piece of speculation:

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Point being: There may be a power struggle on the State’s top tier regarding an attack on Syria (and the likely inception of World War III). Obama (his string-pullers) doesn’t want to do it, the other side does; the ‘other side’ includes Secretary of State John Kerry – you know there’s trouble in River City when the president’s Secretary of State goes public with his own policy. The Snowden controversy weakens Obama and makes it more likely that he’ll cave and risk his presidency, and the fate of the planet, by direct involvement in Syria.

h2. It appears that the NSA has been in some way hurt by Snowden’s revelations. (Actually, only time will tell on whether any real damage was done.) An ‘obvious’ perpetrator would be the CIA. (Scare quotes are necessary because virtually all the ‘information’ we base our speculations on come from the media, i.e., the State itself; hence anything that is ‘obvious’ is likely to be untrue or at least misleading. This is a realm of not only smoke and mirrors but catch-22s, lots of them.)

Staying with really surface, simpleminded possibilities: The NSA didn’t like what the CIA was up to and/or didn’t like David Petraeus as its head (the Benghazi fiasco might have been involved). So they got rid of him by making public his private life, via their database. Ditto General John Allen. Alternatively, Allen may have been ‘collateral damage’ in the destruction of Petraeus. Or, who knows? Maybe Allen (NATO chief as a major seat of power) was the real target. As with all these possibilities, permutations mount.

This was last fall. The CIA got pissed off and retaliated via their boy Edward Snowden (‘formerly’ CIA with top secret clearance). It took a few months to do it right, but they did it. That James Clapper didn’t see it coming (his blatant perjury, see the above clip) indicates that the op to screw the NSA was compartmentalized within CIA (or whomever/whatever is really behind Snowden). The same likely goes for Keith Alexander, when he lied. But a ‘turf war’ motive feels too simple and obvious. Let’s get subtler, more devious, and more interesting.

h3. On the Top Tier, the thinking may go something like this:

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The point being that some force within the State’s top tier wants the world to know that ‘no communications are secure.’ (That there is disagreement on this is obvious.) Call it the Panopticon Effect – a panopticon being a prison system (conceived by philosopher Jeremy Bentham) wherein any prisoner at any time be under surveillance, although there is no way to know if he is being watched at any given moment. The fear engendered results in a sort of mind control of a powerful and persuasive sort.


Do you think it was a coincidence that the spectacular assassination of journalist Michael Hastings occurred in the midst of the Snowden affair? Maybe. Maybe not. (Right there you have a facet of the Panopticon Effect in action.)

Why make it so obvious?

Why make it so obvious?

Was there a message in Hastings’s gruesome death?

Most definitely. But first, a related issue: I read The Operators, Hastings’s book on the Afghanistan war. Hastings’s view of recent history is reflected in this partial list of his beliefs, gleaned from his book:

Osama bin Laden perpetrated 9/11. (Hastings seems to have completely bought the 9/11 Commission Report and that Osama bin Laden was killed by a Seal Team raid in Pakistan in 2011. In the book, Hastings asks a high ranking intelligence officer ‘Why we haven’t gotten bin Laden?’ When the officer tells him he doesn’t think we will get bin Laden, Hastings writes:

Of everything I had heard so far, this stunned me the most…. Bin Laden was our whole raison d’etre in Afghanistan.

There is a whole worldview implied by Hastings’s astonishment, no? Even the dumbest-ass man on the street tends to mention oil when motives for U.S. policy in the Mideast/Central Asia come up. But there’s not a word about oil in Hastings’s book. Hastings does not mention heroin trafficking/money laundering as a motive for the invasion of Afghanistan. He mentions only in passing that Afghan president Karzai’s brother was deeply involved in trafficking (until he got whacked) and does not mention at all that he was a CIA asset (which is common knowledge).

He also doesn’t mention that Karzai worked for Unocal during pipeline negotiations with the Taliban. He does not seem to be aware that approximately one trillion dollars worth of minerals have been found in Afghanistan, including maybe the world’s richest vein of lithium, which is vital for computer and nuclear weapons manufacture. To further quote from the New York Times:

Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, United States officials believe.

Hastings believed that Pat Tillman was killed in a friendly fire accident, not murdered because he was planning on blowing the whistle on the U.S. military’s protection of opium growing and production.

I wonder if Hastings ever read Zbigniew Brzezinski’s The Grand Chessboard, wherein it is argued that control of Central Asia is vital for the success of the American Empire, and if he knows that Brzezinski has been major force in U.S. foreign policy since before the Carter administration — and is an acknowledged Obama mentor.

To sum up: Michael Hastings does not doubt that the United States invaded Afghanistan as a response to ‘the global terrorist threat.’

By the way, Hastings believes the official story of the Boston Marathon bombing. He also considered Bob Woodward to be a real journalist. (Oh, and I wonder if Hastings was aware that the U.S. citizen terrorism toll, since 9/11 ‘is arguably 16’?)

The Operators is possibly the most extreme example of limited hangout (if unintentional) that I’ve ever come across. Given all of the above (plus more), I find it difficult to believe that Hastings was working on a story of such explosiveness that it warranted his assassination. That his death was so transparently, so spectacularly, an assassination is also problematical. (I’ll not go into details except to say that brand new Mercedes Benz’s do not blow up like that, absent sabotage.) Since he was driving a new Mercedes, why not stage a car-jacking gone sour? Why make it so obvious? Can anyone answer this question?

Hastings’s friends and associates say the notorious email about the ‘big’ story he was working on (plus the feds were following him and he had to go under the radar, etc., etc.), did not sound like Michael. Perhaps because Michael didn’t send it? In any event, what’s the message in Hastings’s death? You got a big story, Mister Investigative Journalist? Which reminds me. From The Operators:

I was standing outside the circle.

Dave came up to me. ‘You’re not going to fuck us, are you?’

I answered what I always answer. ‘I’m going to write a story; some of the stuff you’ll like, some of the stuff you probably won’t like.”

Jake came up to me. ‘We’ll hunt you down and kill you if we don’t like what you write,’ he said. ‘C. will hunt you down and kill you.’

This was during the writing of the Rolling Stone piece, ‘The Runaway General.’ I think it’s safe to say that ‘they’ didn’t like what he wrote. I am not saying that Jake or Dave or ‘C.’ hunted down and killed Michael Hastings. Find me a ‘journalist,’ though, who in reading about that threat doesn’t ask him/herself, ‘What line do you have to cross to get blown to smithereens/burned to a crisp?’

Why was JFK killed in such a public, grisly manner? Etc. (There is a long line of ‘etceteras’ here. Immediately after Hastings’s death, the media propagated the rumor that the ‘big story’ from Hastings’s email had to do with the Petraeus/Allen ‘scandal’ (during which no crime was committed). Then they (the media) said, ‘No, never mind, it was something else!’ This bit of mind control was meant to say to the journalism world that that story, specifically, the one about seizing private emails to take down CIA Directors, could get you killed.

Some speculations

MaybeMichael Hastings was not working on a story that got him killed: Someone wanted to give that impression, as a warning to all ‘journalists.’ Combine Snowden’s revelations with Hastings’s obvious assassination and what do you get? You’re being watched at all times and if you step out of line, you’re dead. The Panopticon Effect on steroids.

During the cold war, with limited resources the East German secret police (the Stasi) created great fear in a population of millions with the idea that everyone was always being watched. The idea was more important than the reality.

Blackmail may also play a role. A week or so ago a bill in effect censoring the NSA for their surveillance programs was defeated in a House vote. Given the blatant crimes by the NSA, how could this happen? Well, imagine this scene:

Congressman X in his office. In his pocket is his cell private cell phone, which he uses only for family and other personal matters. It rings. </sp

PHONE VOICE: Hi, Senator X, this is a fan of yours over at the NSA. How are ya? Hope the kids’ new puppy did okay at the vet yesterday…. Listen, we’d consider it a big favor if you voted against the House bill. You know the one. Vote your conscience, but think of us, too.

If you don’t think scenes like that are already being played out, maybe recall the Petraeus/Allen scandal. Or maybe get a cranial MRI to see what’s the problem in there.

h4. Related to the Penopticon Effect is the possibility that a force within the State simply   wants to get us used to being recorded (again, there seems to be internal disagreement on this); to see it as a natural aspect of modern life — as in, say, the city of London, which has per capita (by far) the most CCTV cameras of any place on the planet. Londoners have apparently come to accept this appalling state of affairs; the U.S. is doing its best to catch up, New York City being at the forefront here. Since we’re being visually watched all the time, why not recorded? Edward Snowden and his revelations (again, which were old news to anyone paying attention) may be the way to eaaaase us into this mindset. In any event, this is the effect we are observing.

The National Defense Authorization Act

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2011 was a blatant assault on the Constitutional right of habeas corpus – the right of judicial recourse; to face your accuser. Is the Snowden issue a similar assault? To make it ‘formally legal’ to ignore the 4th Amendment? The M.O. in the Snowden psy-op (if it indeed is one) appears to be the obfuscation of the difference between the physical act of recording and actual human eavesdropping (a living person listening in): As this essay has made clear, the latter is not necessary for a ‘wiretap’ to exist, legal or otherwise.

And it’s Snowden himself – who should know better – doing the initial obfuscating. The media has merely taken its cue from him. Let’s parse relevant parts of Snowden’s initial interview, after his bolt to Hong Kong.

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To sum up, here’s a list of things Edward Snowden has not said.

1. He does not not mention that the NSA’s surveillance system – the physical act of wiretapping — is a clear and judicially defined breakage of federal law and of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution – again, it is not necessary for a human to listen to (or read) the data for illegal ‘wiretapping’ to have occurred.

2. He does not list the federal officials and private operatives responsible for the program and who should be indicted for their crimes. In fact, the word ‘crime’ is not uttered in any of his statements; nor is the term ‘special prosecutor.’

3. He doesn’t mention that he took the oath to protect and defend the Constitution (three times). Has he been instructed to ‘not go there’?

4. He makes no distinction between ‘target,’ ‘wiretap,’ ‘eavesdrop,’ ‘surveillance,’ and ‘meta-data,’ when in fact the legal distinctions are vital in understanding the matter.

5. He doesn’t mention the principle motive of blackmail for the existence of the database. Or the creation of a list of people to be rounded up when martial law is declared. Or to increase a general state of fear among the population, ensuring submissiveness, i.e., mind control.

6. He does not mention that by law and by logic, the illegally-created NSA database should be destroyed — in simple computer-speak, deleted.

7. The real, the horrendous, problem, is the very existence of the database. (This cannot be repeated too many times.)

As I say, maybe Edward Snowden is just really, really stupid.

How about Glen Greenwald? Really, really stupid? Let’s parse Glen, plus his media cohorts:

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The above list of what Snowden has not said applies equally to Greenwald – especially to Greenwald. Given his more frequent media face time and his status as journalist and Constitutional lawyer, his non-use the terms ‘crime’ and ‘special prosecutor’ in referring to the NSA database are especially suspicious regarding his real agenda. (When he became an attorney, Greenwald took the same oath to support and defend the Constitution as did Snowden. Why isn’t he doing so? ‘Don’t go there’?) Like most psy-ops, this one is run by the media, in plain sight.


Senator Y is a real pain in the ass. The kind of phone call made to Senator X didn’t work; Senator Y voted the wrong way. Not only that, but Senator Y is trying to sponsor a bill to create a Special Prosecutor to look into what he has called ‘The massive crimes represented by the existence of the NSA database.’

‘Since the database is virtually all illegal wiretaps,’ Senator Y stated on the Senate floor, ‘by federal and state law all the data not collected via a warrant, as per the 4th Amendment, must be erased, in other words, deleted.’

Senator Y comes in to work one morning and fires up his Mac. His screensaver is now a pastiche of child pornography.

The existence of the NSA database represents the end of whatever was left of our democracy. It is in fact too late to do anything to save it. Ask Senator Y.

Let’s finish up with a little predictive programming via 1998’s Enemy of the State.

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One more thing: If Edward Snowden is who he says he is, he is a true hero and patriot. If, as some evidence might suggest, he is part of a psy-op meant to further subvert our Constitution, then he is not. But either way, the information he has helped make public can be turned against those whose life’s work is to deceive us. On that level, Snowden’s motives are unimportant.

Allen Weisbecker, the author of In Search of Captain Zero and of Cosmic Banditos, has taken a keen interest in JFK, 9/11 and the NSA. You can subscribe to Allan’s blog at banditobooks.com.

Jim Fetzer

A former Marine Corps officer, Jim Fetzer has published widely on the theoretical foundations of scientific knowledge, computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and evolution and mentality.McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, he has also conducted extensive research into the assassination of JFK, the events of 9/11, and the plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone.

The founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, his latest books include The Evolution of Intelligence (2005), The 9/11 Conspiracy (2007), Render Unto Darwin (2007), and The Place of Probability in Science (2010).

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  1. ProtectUSA1st  August 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    “And remember that virtually all US intel is process in Tel Aviv. Israel’s access knows no bounds..”

    —Most of us know, the zionist have infested the USA Government and spy on us since they have “Top Security Clearance” where ever they work.

    –However, If that small Evil-Empire-israel, Out of Control and the most hated country in the world is processing NSA information in Tel Aviv, it means we are no longer an “Independent Country.” Therefore, we should go back to being a British Colony, rather than the Evil-Empire-israel.

    —Before we become a British Colony, every eligible voter has to vote to get rid the 535 Israel-Firsters from USA Congress who are responsible in destroying “Our Country.”

  2. mommyplayer  August 15, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    One thing I don’t see addressed about Snowdon is the press like CNN and FOX initially praised Snowdon as a hero and later denounced him. So either they didnt get the message or Snowdon was a triple or quadruple agent and went rogue after the psyop started.

    • Snoopy  August 16, 2013 at 5:29 am

      Sometimes operations are compartmentalized to the point that the MSM is caught out unprepared and it takes hours or days for the political talking points to make their way down from corporate to the studio.

  3. Snoopy  August 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Taking together Hastings toe-the-propaganda line in regards to 9/11, the LT Tillman shooting, Osama bin Laden (dispite multitudes of fake OBLs being exposed!), AND THE BOSTON BOMBING, adding in his stratospheric rise to prominence without paying the dues of ordinary journalist AND the people he worked for over at Buzzfeed, IN ADDITION to his frequent appearances on MSM-friendly and connected platforms, putting all that together with NO BODY INDEPENDENTLY ID’d, remote controlled car video making his M-B out as a 1-1 scale RC model…put that together with his wife’s bizzare about-face emotions: IMO Hastings is a psyop and is alive

    • Snoopy  August 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Dr. Fetzer, I will send you a second screenshot, as the first showed definitvely the car was a molten enferno before impacting the tree, this one of the M-B burning with no one in the drivers seat.

    • Snoopy  August 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      addenum: Hastings is either alive or the system ate one of their own, i.e. the Boston CIA employees turned patsys. But Hastings as real investigative reporter, I am totally unconvinced.

    • allancw  August 16, 2013 at 6:59 am

      With my background in screenwriting, the same occurred to me: It’s almost a storytelling law that when a body is ‘lost’ or ‘burned beyond recognition’, the character is not actually dead and will show up again (in the narrative), usually in the third act. In this case, tho, i couldn’t imagine the motivation…. good pt tho.

  4. Christina  August 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    “KGB” in Russia bought new old typewriters recently in order to keep secrets secret. Time for secrete services to go back to paper and pen and snail mail and burn the letters after you red them, to avoid all unsecure electronic communications. Low Tech spy methods.

    • wiggins  August 16, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Or maybe invisible ink…. ;-)

  5. KatherineA  August 15, 2013 at 8:27 am

    If this op succeeds, then the biggest effect would be that stuff people have written in the past could be turned against them. As long as wiretapping without a warrant was viewed as illegal, it could only be used secretively. If this op to gain acceptance of unconstitutional wiretapping succeeds, ANYONE’s words could be used publicly, as with Petraeus.

    For me, I have communicated premonitions of disasters, and other terr’ist (said with tacky Bush accent) incidents electronically, sometimes even in the hope that it might be intercepted by someone who could act to stop it. There are also obscure records on the internet of my attempts to energetically disrupt the solstice sacrifices in Denver. Until now I was reasonably confident that this could not be twisted and publicly turned against me without exposing their vastly illegal, evil and unconstitutional programs.

    However, since this is a clear personal threat to me and my family, I am now entitled to ask for any and all divine assistance to stop this. In the name of Christ, this I do–publicly and in writing. I invoke Universal Law and demand an end to all these spying programs at all levels once and for all, demand that all ill-gotten information be permanently erased at all levels, and demand that all individuals connected to these programs be permanently removed from power at all levels and for the highest good of all. Thank you and Amen.

    Anyone similarly threatened can request such assistance as well…(hint hint)

    • Jim Fetzer  August 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Will this “solar flare” be used as a cover-story to conceal an EMP take-out of the internet?

      Edward Snowden: Solar-Flare ‘Killshot’ Cataclysm Imminent

      MOSCOW, Russia – Edward Snowden, hacker-fugitive and former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, revealed Tuesday that a series of solar flares is set to occur in September, killing hundreds of millions of people. Documents provided by Snowden prove that, as of 14 years ago, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) remote viewers knew that the event was inevitable. Ever since, the world’s governments have quietly been trying to prepare for the sweeping global famine to result.

      Speaking from his room at Sheremetyevo Airport’s Hotel Novotel, Snowden revealed that government preparations for September’s catastrophic solar flares have been “to only limited avail.” The flares’ results, he said, are known casually throughout the global intelligence community as “the killshot.”

      Remote viewers employed by the CIA’s Project Stargate use their ability to perceive geographically and chronologically distant events to protect America. Since 1999 they have known about the solar-flare event but have been threatened into silence by enforcers on the secret government’s payroll.

      As a part of hiring Snowden as a contractor, the NSA granted the 30-year-old (read more)

  6. Christina  August 15, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Well, many spy theories here today.

    Snowden is saying that NSA is recording all digital information it can collect and stores it forever.

    Nothing new about that information.

    If Snowden is a genuine whistle blower he just happen to say it now. If Snowden is acting on someones order, why now, who’s order and intended results?

  7. klaatuaquinas  August 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    From the beginning I have suspected that the Snowden affair is a “blown cover, as cover.” To fully appreciate this, and understand this is way beyond the State of Israel, read F. Tupper Saussy’s “Rulers of Evil.” Especially that chapter that discusses the origins of Sun-tzu and “The Art of War.”

    Only a person with the rank of Major or above has that kind of clearance + access to pull the stunts supposedly performed by Snowden and Manning. You just don’t have that kind of access as a PFC or CIA/NSA/Booz Allen flunky. These guys are patsies. They are Lee Harvey Oswalds. The “Forrest Gump” characterization is apt. Generally, people like this are being blackmailed.

    Since we are all speculating here, I have a theory that Manning is actually a naval junior officer, undercover in a much bigger op. Providing cover for something else. Apparently he has survived torture well, and gives more the mannerism of an officer than an enlisted. Even if his “torture” has been sleep deprivation under high decibel noise (that which the Geneva Convention does not consider torture), you have to be trained to withstand that, and stay coherent. There has been a “civil war” going on between the Dept. of Navy vs. the Army and Air Force for some time. For all we know, Manning could well be a Marine Lt. Just my take here.

    Snowden is a bit more complicated. Especially his father garnering legal counsel of Bruce Fein. Fein is no lightweight. He is a former Reagan admin official. Damn comment limit.

    • nofolalo  August 15, 2013 at 7:41 am

      Both the Manning and Snowden affairs are dramas; which, the puppet masters wish us to be engaged with. If not, they would have disappeared from sight. (as the American you tube star fighting with the Syrian rebels has).

      It’s perception management. For all we know in ‘reality’ Manning might be sequested in comfort, and only brought onstage under the construct of the official version. Every aspect of his saga, and Snowden’s, is being micro managed.

      The ‘news’ we get, is the approved and constructed news, we are meant to get.

  8. nofolalo  August 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    In the light of the factual defenses Snowden might have presented, which are so accurately pointed to by the article; then, in comparison, he appears the “Forrest Gump” of NSA.

    Could he possibly be so bright and yet so dull simultaneously?

    Methinks a grande exercise in perception management is on.

    Perception is everything. Merkyin function under it is a constant. The real vs. the perceived, runs through the article; and I think Jim is hitting on just this point, and the Panopticon Effect is perception based self induced constraint.

    LOL at Obama on the one video saying “No names or content”. Like, why bother at all in that case?

  9. DaveE  August 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    The Snowden operation had at least four purposes that I can see, so far:

    1.) To subvert the Constitution. It moves the goal posts a little further out of the stadium and, like passage of the Patriot Act, undermines the clear intent of the Constitution. Incremental tyranny.

    2.) Sets up a “rift” between Obama and Putin. The Russians are much further along the “awakening curve” than Americans are. The remember who destroyed their country, the zionists and are giving the bastards Hell, along with Putin. This, no doubt, infuriates them, so they need to set up Obama to be their adversary. They would love to pit Russia and America in all-out war, if possible. This is just the first step. I’m sure there’s more planned.

    To me, it strikes of desperation, but destruction and lying is all they know, it comes as naturally as breathing. So they’ll take what they can get, at least for now.

    3.) To intimidate us with their power. It’s now obvious to anyone smarter than copper wire that now know EVERYTHING we say and do. They want to remind us how omniscient they are, thinking we might give a damn.

    4.) Give the stasi known as DHS a reason to bust down our doors, since they can fabricate “information” on our “terrorist” activities (like using the word “Jew” in a sentence) that no-one can dispute, since only THEY (DHS) has access to this “evidence.” They want us to know this so we’ll be too terrified to use the word “Jew” in a sentence…..

    Anyway, great article.

    • nofolalo  August 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Good points, and especially no. 3. They had to let the whole world know that big brother is watching and listening to everything. More folks pay attention and feel intimidated by this action packed “disclosure” than if it was an official announcement.

      “Panopticon Effect – a panopticon being a prison system (conceived by philosopher Jeremy Bentham) wherein any prisoner at any time be under surveillance, although there is no way to know if he is being watched at any given moment. The fear engendered results in a sort of mind control of a powerful and persuasive sort.”

      Perception is everything.

    • wiggins  August 16, 2013 at 10:45 am

      And of course it was very cheap to run as there was only one guard needed……if at all.

    • klaatuaquinas  August 14, 2013 at 8:33 pm

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  10. hawaiiguykailua  August 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I was also thinking back to the last person to almost defeat the mega monster that controls the world and he [incorrectly] became the most vilified man in current history. Of course I speak of the brilliant scholar and nation builder of the German people. May the souls of Dresden have their vengeance in the aether.

  11. hawaiiguykailua  August 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Throw in the 78 missing children in the state of Oklahoma from DHS “protection” and the conclusion is we are the most apathetic people in any nations history. For all the the flags, pins, ribbons and banners we print proclaiming we are still a great, caring, and protective nation of people, the open eyes of a very few would beg to differ. So the question is… What is the Plan of action? Jon Stewart had an absolutely meaningless Washington gathering a few years ago and the turnout was AMAZING so I know people care. Do we have to wait for our Jon Stewart to organize the masses to make the sinners and murders in Washington accountable? Will it be you Jim, or are your words enough to appease your disgust? If I had the means I would lead, but I am more than willing to follow.

    • wiggins  August 16, 2013 at 10:49 am

      I can recommend – “Programmed To Kill” (The Politics Of Serial Murder) you can Download online…..it deals with this very subject. Not for the faint hearted.

    • wiggins  August 16, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Sorry: it is by Dave McGowan……………

  12. Grampah  August 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    As so often on Veterans Today, we are alerted to another psyop.

  13. LC  August 14, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Dr. Fetzer:

    Has Snowden said anything about this well kept secret real-time spying system which I revealed here 3 months back ??? *******http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/05/01/institutionalized-spying-on-americans/comment-page-1/

    May 4, 2013 – 12:09 pm
    On the other end of our phone line is the central switching computer (like the old switch-boards). In the old system if a switch board went on your line with your phone off the hook she could still hear the sounds & voices in your house. Today that is much more advanced. Even if you disconnect your phone from wall all background sound is picked up by the phone-jack (like a microphone) and transmitted to the center.
    Your cable-tv connections works similarly but even with better signals. Each wall which has a cable hanging out of it (even if not connected to a tv) picks up all signals in that room & transmits them.

  14. Cold Wind  August 14, 2013 at 11:49 am

    First impression: remarkable article, Deserves a second reading, especially the parts about Hastings. But, of course, we know Israel did 9-11, bin Laden was already dead by April of 2002 and Israeli Intelligence was/is thoroughly infiltrated within ‘our own’ Intelligence Establishment. This infiltration has only gotten worse since the JFK assassination. Israel’s role in all this is missing. Why?

    • Jim Fetzer  August 14, 2013 at 11:55 am

      I think that’s a great point! The NSA and US intelligence generally is dominated by Israel. I will discuss this with the author. Many thanks!

    • Jim Fetzer  August 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Here’s more: http://hiddenamerica.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/petraeus-set-up-by-israel/

      Petraeus Set Up By Israel
      November 26, 2012 by USA Awake
      (This article was taken from the AmericanFreePress.net website. Thanks!)

      • Familiar faces, institutions connected to woman who brought down CIA chief

      By Ralph Forbes

      The establishment media tells a tangled tale about the scandal that forced the resignation of David H. Petraeus as Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director. However, there are important details that shed new light on the matter compared to what the mainstream media has been reporting.

      Many believe the scandal was a set-up designed to bring down the general precisely because he was a highly-placed figure standing in opposition to the push by Israel’s current rulers to engage the United States in a war against Iran.

      Although previously a favorite of neoconservative supporters of Israel, Petraeus ended up on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ‘destroy’ list after the general testified before Congress on March 16, 2010, that U.S. interests and Israeli interests are not identical; Israel is a strategic burden, not an asset, to the United States; and Israeli policies endanger the lives of our troops.

      The reaction to the candid remarks by Petraeus provides a revealing list of his critics. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)—a personal friend of Netanyahu and a leading supporter of Israel—was outraged. Foreign Policy, a magazine of the Foreign Policy Association, whined that Petraeus was “hardening” U.S. policy toward Israel. Abe Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, issued a statement condemning Petraeus.

      The web that entangled Petraeus also features a similar cast of interconnected individuals and institutions. When Petraeus took command of the troops in Iraq, the Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism at Tufts University—an incubator for counter-terrorist strategies—was cooperating closely with pro-Israeli policy groups such as the Hudson Institute, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Project for the New American Century.

      The “other woman” in the Petraeus affair—Paula Broadwell (née Kranz)—just happens to have been deputy director of Jebsen. A West Point graduate, Mrs. Broadwell—a specialist in ‘black ops’—had participated in a summer cadet exchange program in Israel and even lived in a kibbutz.

      Notorious for his interest in younger women, Petraeus was a perfect target for a ‘honeypot’ operation. Broadwell insinuated herself into the general’s world by writing a bragging account of his extremely successful career.

      The scandal—it seems—was supposed to be unveiled before the election, perhaps intended to prevent President Barack Obama’s reelection, but backstage maneuvering prevented that from happening. However, the result has been that high-level opposition in Washington to Israel’s agenda has certainly been crippled with Petraeus’s ouster.

    • Jim Fetzer  August 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Cold Wind, we have added a new paragraph at the beginning that makes your point. Very nice!

    • shachalnur  August 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      “But either way ,the information he has helped make public can be turned against those who’s life’s work is to deceive us”

      Wouldn’t that be an aim of BRICS?

      When Snowden released his info ,there was pressure on China because of alleged spying on the US and took the heat of China.

      He released the info in Hong Kong.

      Now he found refuge in Russia ,and the Russians are not stupid.

      If Russia would feel this is a US psy-op they would not cooperate.

      The NSA spy grid is Israeli technology.so Israel can access this info any time they want and give it to some one.

      Snowden completely fits the BRICS+Israel war on Rothschild.

      Just a hypothesis,but internally consistent and becoming more and more likely when all other explanations are failing.

    • brubank-guy  August 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Doesn’t make sense Snowden is part of a ‘war on Rothschild’ as he is being pumped by the Rothschild-dominated UK Guardian newspaper – see post above in the ‘F-book’ section.

      But did make sense for Russia to give him asylum, even tho they know Snowden is an op. Plenty to gain for Russia by being pro-human-rights, stuff-it-USG, no sense shipping Snowden out to be snuffed-silenced by USG once his usefulness is over, even more clever to keep him. Putin’s savvy is top-rung.

    • shachalnur  August 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Good point,Brubank Guy

      But on the other hand,is there any big newspaper that doesn’t have a Rothschild stooge on the board of directors?Also, it’s not “dominated”.

      Guardian is a British paper ,not stationed in Britain,Greenwald is a Jew living in Brazil.

      And what would have happened if Guardian wouldn’t publish the story,no Western paper at all?

      Someone would publish it,and the stench of censorship will be on every Rothschild paper anyway,making it even more obvious who Snowden is targeting.

      This story is too big to sweep under the carpet,and choosing the Guardian was brilliant.

      Rothschild had no choice and maybe like this they can have some degree of control over the story.

      What can Rothschild do about this,knowing “Snowden” has access to “all” information?

      About Russia letting in Snowden knowing he is a Trojan horse:Why should they take the risk,they are winning anyway.

      Snowden is an enormous blackmail weapon for BRICS,safe in Russia.

      It doesn’t prove the incorrectness of my theory.

    • nofolalo  August 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      If Russia would feel this is a US psy-op they would not cooperate.

      It’s a Russian psy-op.

    • mommyplayer  August 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Or Russia is on the same side as whoever is currently controlling Snowdon.

    • shachalnur  August 14, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      If this was a Russia -only operation ,Snowden would be charged with handing classified information to a foreign power.

      Israel runs Snowden,that’s why Rothschild can’t do too much.

    • nofolalo  August 15, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Yep. The big result (the result, was the intent) is that eveyone, everywhere, now knows “Big (Kosher) Brother Is Watching You”.

      It’s the idea of the mentioned “Panopticon Effect” on a global scale. I think a picture of Snowden with the caption “Big Brother Is Watching You” would pretty much explain it all intuitively, including Snowden’s role in the global disclosure.

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