June 14, 2013

America is Under Attack and At War

NSA director Keith Alexander says surveillance programs have disrupted or helped disrupt dozens of terrorist attacks

By Cliff Kincaid – June 12, 2013

The NSA leaker is being protected by China and has a home waiting in Russia. Yet, conservative media personalities such as Glenn Beck are saying that he is a hero. They seem to think that the NSA’s terrorist surveillance program has been used by Obama to go after conservatives, in the same way we have seen in the IRS scandal. There is no evidence this is the case.

If there is evidence that Obama is using the NSA terrorist surveillance program to monitor and harass conservatives, where is it? We have that evidence in the IRS scandal, but not here.

The NSA program is designed to follow and monitor foreign terrorists and enemy agents with U.S. connections. It remains to be seen if the program has been used to go after our real enemies, especially the Islamists, but the outrage against the NSA that has followed the revelations of Edward Snowden is mystifying. The NSA, after all, is a spy agency. The NSA is a front-line intelligence agency that monitors electronic communications. One can argue that we need more, not less, surveillance of our enemies operating on American soil. But that side of the argument is missing from the media coverage.

“The Signals Intelligence mission [of the NSA] collects, processes, and disseminates intelligence information from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes and to support military operations,” the NSA’s website says. “This Agency also enables Network Warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.”

There is no evidence, despite Snowden’s claims, that these laws were violated. But there is abundant evidence that Snowden violated several laws, including the Espionage Act. Former Ambassador John Bolton told Newsmax TV that Snowden committed treason and an act of war against the U.S.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey said, “Some wallow in the idea that they are being watched, their civil liberties endangered, simply because a handful of electrons they generated were among the vast billions being reviewed in a high-stakes antiterrorism effort. Of course, many are motivated politically or ideologically to oppose robust intelligence-gathering aimed at fending off Islamist terrorism. Criticism from that quarter can be left to lie where it fell.”

His reference to politically- or ideologically-motivated opposition to “robust intelligence-gathering” is what lies behind the NSA “scandal.” It is significant that far-left Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, a recipient of the “Izzy” award, named after leftist journalist-turned Soviet agent I.F. Stone, was Snowden’s mouthpiece. Greenwald, an American who hates the U.S. so much he lives abroad with his homosexual lover, believes Obama has been too accommodating to the “national security state.”

The “leaker” in this case supported Obama, thinking he would reform the intelligence agencies, and gave money to Ron Paul for president. Ron Paul talks like the far-left on foreign policy issues. As a member of Congress, he appeared on Iranian Press TV and Russia Today (RT). He thinks we are to blame for Muslim terrorism.

Equally important, the political left is using this controversy to subvert, or even eliminate, a program that is designed to protect the American people from terrorism.

That’s why you find the George Soros-funded “Free Press” organization now launching a “Stop Spying on Us” campaign. On June 14, various far-left and Muslim groups are holding a press conference and protest “against FBI and NSA spying,” bringing the FBI into the mix of federal agencies that have supposedly gone too far. These groups include the Defending Dissent Foundation, CODEPINK, Washington Peace Center, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Institute for Policy Studies and the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Maryland.

CODEPINK is the Marxist group that worked with and promoted CIA defector Philip Agee, an identified Cuban DGI and Soviet KGB agent. It sends people to Cuba on a regular basis.

Some of these groups constitute Obama’s base. Their target, however, is not really Obama but rather the CIA and the FBI. They want to destroy law enforcement and the intelligence community.

If they undermine this NSA program, there can be no doubt the beneficiaries will be terrorists and foreign agents for China and Russia. That helps explain why China is protecting Snowden and Russia wants to give him a home.
America has conducted intelligence operations from the beginning of the republic. Congress created a panel called the Committee of Secret Correspondence on November 29, 1775, with “wide-ranging duties” that included covert operations, devising codes and ciphers, the hiring of secret operatives, the funding of propaganda, and even “the surreptitious opening of private mail,” according to an account of that critical period of time. America has always had enemies, and always will. And some of those enemies operate within the United States but maintain connections abroad.