By Dave Lindorff
It's little wonder that despite his disclosure of an unprecedented KBG-like or Stasi-like spying program targeting all Americans, fully half of all Americans polled are saying that National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is a "spy" or "traitor" who should be brought to justice.
Why would this be, when a solid majority also say they oppose the spying program?
A major reason would be that the politicians and other Washington leaders like Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey are lying, claiming that Snowden has damaged US national security. Another would be that the corporate media are pushing the line that Snowden is not a civil-liberties motivated whistle-blowing patriot, but rather a traitor or a spy.
Take the Philadelphia Inquirer. A couple of days ago, this once-respected paper in one of America's major cities ran a piece about Snowden, calling him a "spy" in the headline, though there was no mention of the word spy in the article itself. Without any sense of irony, the paper ran another article that day on the same page about the anger in Europe over the NSA's spying on Europeans and their governments -- supposedly America's allies -- and while that article was about spying by the US government, the headline eschewed using the word "spy."
I called the paper's city desk to complain and was told by a seemingly sympathetic editor on the desk that the head of the copy desk would call me, but of course, he never did. Nor did the paper deign to publish a letter I sent in criticizing the decision to use the word "spy" to describe Snowden.
Then today, the Inquirer did it again. This time it was an AP article on page two of the paper reporting on comments made by Gen. Dempsey on CNN's "State of the Union" program. Again, the Inquirer's headline was "Dempsey: Spy has harmed relations." But the piece, which refers to Snowden as a "leaker," never does call Snowden a "spy." Nor does Gen. Dempsey, at least as quoted in the article. The "spy" terminology is purely the work of the paper's editors.
That's not to say Gen. Dempsey isn't also messing with the truth in this case. He stated on the CNN program that Snowden's disclosure about global surveillance programs targeting allies in Europe and elsewhere had "undermined US relationships with other countries" and affected what he called "the importance of trust." As Dempsey put it, "the US will have to work its way back. but it (the disclosure by Snowden) will set us back temporarily."
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