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NSA Director General Keith Alexander
Deep from within the inner bowels of the NSA, agency Director General Keith Alexander reportedly gave a wide ranging 90 minute interview where among his other statements he insisted, "We followed the law, we follow our policies, we self-report, we identify problems, we fix them." [i] Hmm?
To which we must ask, "Was that before or after Edwards Snowden's whistleblower revelations on the NSA's clandestine surveillance and data mining operations on the electronic communications of everyone, foreign and domestic in the world"?
Alexander did acknowledge the "agency" faced "an entirely new reality" with the possibility of Congressional restrictions on its operations.
To which we might add, "Yes that tends to happen General when you openly lie before Congress when you're asked to provide the specifics of your operations, (prior to Snowden) and now (post Snowden) you're forced to give a mea culpa interview attempting to clear up the "misunderstanding" of what the NSA collects". Please!
The reality is coupled with the CIA "spooks" over in Langley, the NSA has done far more harm to this country than all the terrorists combined over time in the history of the world.
And of course the general's "for reasons of national security" wolf cry defense is so worn and tattered that anyone still gullible enough to believe him is probably someone who still sees "Commies" under the bed.
C'mon; terrorists are criminals, not some universal conspiracy that requires electronic surveillance of everyone in the world, unnecessary wars, drone attacks, et.al and the whole 9 yards of contrived actions our government has perpetrated that makes the U.S. the greatest threat in the world, along with Israel.
Paradoxically, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, better known as the "BRICS", are not overly exercised with terrorism in their countries yet with more actual terrorist incidents than has occurred in America.
In contrast with America, they are pursuing wide ranging economic policies to the betterment of the people while the U.S. government spends more than a trillion a year on national defense, security and surveillance to the detriment of the people all in the name of fighting terrorism.
Could it be our government could care less about the economic plight of most of its people and instead determined to foist fear to keep them tame and passive?
We need to wake from our somnambulant state, get away from pursuits of mindless distraction and realize the country has been hijacked and usurped by the military/corporate/political axis that reigns over us and threatens the world.
As to General Alexander, this writers fantasy is for us to say, "Go cry wolf in the wilderness of your own paranoid imagination. We see through your trumped up mea culpa explanations, our supposed "misunderstanding' of what you do and we're not buying any of it."
[i] "N.S.A. Director Gives Firm and Broad Defense of Surveillance Efforts", by David E. Sanger and Thom Shanker, "The New York Times", October 13, 2013.