I never thought I’d agree with, or applaud, a Guardian article. It was The Guardian, a notorious leftist rag described by satirist and comedian Pat Condell as “the ugliest newspaper in Britain”, that exposed the Obama administration’s massive surveillance system and unconstitutional spying on American people through spy-contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden.
First, the paper exposed the Obama regime’s massive and transnational spying operations in the name of protecting America against terrorism. Then it revealed its main source as Snowden, a 30-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and employee of NSA defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.
In an exclusive coming out interview with The Guardian, Snowden said he refused “to live in a society that does these sort of things”.
“I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under. … I can’t in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building,” he said.
Now, Glenn Greenwald, Guardian’s most valuable asset, blasted the Obama administration for its hypocrisy and strongly defended Snowden, who now faces three felony charges, including two under the Espionage Act, the 1917 law enacted to criminalize dissent against World War I.
In his June 22 Guardian op-ed, Greenwald reminded his readers that President Barack Obama ran on a political platform of transparency and protection of patriotic whistleblowers. That prior to Obama’s election in 2008, there were only a total of three prosecutions of leakers under the Act. But during Obama’s reign, there are now a total of seven prosecutions, a record that contradicts the president’s pre-election promises.
According to Greenwald, Snowden, who just turned 30 on June 21, could be jailed for his heroic decision to expose Obama’s crimes and hypocrisy. He wrote that the whistleblower could have profited from the information he had by selling them to America’s enemies for vast sums of money. “He did none of those things,” Greenwald said.
“What he did instead was give up his life of career stability and economic prosperity, living with his long-time girlfriend in Hawaii, in order to inform his fellow citizens (both in America and around the world) of what the US government and its allies are doing to them and their privacy. He did that by very carefully selecting which documents he thought should be disclosed and concealed, then gave them to a newspaper with a team of editors and journalists and repeatedly insisted that journalistic judgments be exercised about which of those documents should be published in the public interest and which should be withheld.”
Greenwald asked: “In what conceivable sense does that merit felony charges under the Espionage Act?”
He then argued that it is the Obama administration that should be tried for espionage for spying on everyone, including American citizens.
The irony is obvious: the same people who are building a ubiquitous surveillance system to spy on everyone in the world, including their own citizens, are now accusing the person who exposed it of “espionage”. It seems clear that the people who are actually bringing “injury to the United States” are those who are waging war on basic tenets of transparency and secretly constructing a mass and often illegal and unconstitutional surveillance apparatus aimed at American citizens – and those who are lying to the American people and its Congress about what they’re doing – rather than those who are devoted to informing the American people that this is being done.
Greenwald also talked about Obama’s history of leaking classified information to “to glorify the president”, to “manipulate public opinion”, and to “help produce a pre-election propaganda film about the Osama bin Laden raid”.
“The Obama administration does not hate unauthorized leaks of classified information. They are more responsible for such leaks than anyone,” he said.
What they hate are leaks that embarrass them or expose their wrongdoing. Those are the only kinds of leaks that are prosecuted. It’s a completely one-sided and manipulative abuse of secrecy laws. It’s all designed to ensure that the only information we as citizens can learn is what they want us to learn because it makes them look good. The only leaks they’re interested in severely punishing are those that undermine them politically. The “enemy” they’re seeking to keep ignorant with selective and excessive leak prosecutions are not The Terrorists or The Chinese Communists. It’s the American people.
Obama has apparently lost The Guardian, including some liberal media outlets, such as the Associated Press and New York Times. It’s high time for the American people to wake up and begin to call the Obama administration by its proper name: the post-American enemy of America’s founding principles.