NBC News Politics on comments House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers made during an interview to be aired Sunday on Meet the Press:
In an interview to be aired Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Rogers said that rather Snowden being a crusader for Americans’ privacy, “the vast majority” of what Snowden stole “had nothing to do with privacy. Our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines have been incredibly harmed by the data that he has taken with him and we believe now is in the hands of nation states.”
The Michigan Republican added that there are still “certain questions that we have to get answered” about who helped Snowden remove data from the NSA and later make it public in newspapers in the United States and Britain.
“He was stealing information that had to do with how we operate overseas to collect information to keep Americans safe…. And some of the things he did were beyond his technical capabilities” — a fact which Rogers said “raises more questions. How he arranged travel before he left. How he was ready to go, he had a go bag, if you will.”
Rogers added that he believes “there’s a reason he ended up in the hands, the loving arms, of an FSB (Russian security service) agent in Moscow. I don’t think that’s a coincidence….I don’t think it was a gee-whiz luck event that he ended up in Moscow under the handling of the FSB.”
What an utter joke. I don’t even know where to begin.
That has got to be one of the weakest arguments I have ever read about Snowden and his motivation for blowing the whistle on NSA activities. If Mike Rogers, who has a penchant for lying about anything he dislikes, truly believes Snowden had help from the Russians in copying sensitive documents off of NSA file servers then the U.S. intelligence apparatus has more to be concerned with than the mere disclosure of secrets.
How would Mike Rogers, a Congressman who has absolutely no clue about technology, have any clue about what technical capabilities Snowden wields, much less how easy it is to copy data from file servers to USB thumb drives if you are a systems administrator?
It’s not like this is rocket science: to move necessary operating system and security patches from the internet to other networks, USB drives are a necessity, and the only personnel authorized to use them are those with elevated privileges so they can perform their job functions. This is expressly why Snowden was able to do what he did; his position of trust allowed him special access, and he abused it in the pursuit of whistle-blowing.
I suggest the questions Mike Rogers, as the ostensible House Intelligence Committee Chairman, should be focused on getting answers to are the following:
Lastly, it is rather apparent Representative Rogers forgot it was the United States government who revoked Snowden’s passport while he was mid-air, which left him stranded in a Russian airport for weeks before finally being granted temporary asylum in Russia.
How we, as Americans, allow ourselves to be represented by blatant liars like Mike Rogers is unfathomable. Of course, President Obama remains one of the worst acts of lying in recent history, campaigning against everything he has done while in office. People like these two – which admittedly is the majority of our elected officials – need to be voted off the island and removed from office forever.
It is time for our government to get back to being one of the people, working for the people, rather than one only interested in maintaining the status quo and pushing the boundaries of constitutionally acceptable behavior because terrorism.
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