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NSA Blows Its Own Top Secret Program in Order to Propagandize

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Over the last 40 years, the U.S. government has relied on extreme fear-mongering to demonize transparency. In sum, every time an unwanted whistleblower steps forward, we are treated to the same messaging: You're all going to die because of these leakers and the journalists who publish their disclosures! Lest you think that's hyperbole, consider this headline from last week based on an interview with outgoing NSA chief Keith Alexander:

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The NSA engages in this fear-mongering not only publicly but also privately. As part of its efforts to persuade news organizations not to publish newsworthy stories from Snowden materials, its representatives constantly say the same thing: If you publish what we're doing, it will endanger lives, including NSA personnel, by making people angry about what we're doing in their countries and want to attack us.

But whenever it suits the agency to do so--meaning when it wants to propagandize on its own behalf--the NSA casually discloses even its most top secret activities in the very countries where such retaliation is most likely. Anonymous ex-officials boasted to the Washington Post  last July in detail about the role the agency plays in helping kill people by drones. The Post  dutifully headlined its story: "NSA Growth Fueled by Need to Target Terrorists."

And now, Keith Alexander's long-time deputy just fed one of the most pro-NSA reporters in the country, the Los Angeles Times' Ken Dilanian, some extraordinarily sensitive, top secret information about NSA activities in Iraq, which the Times published in an article that reads exactly like an NSA commercial:

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