31 May 2015

Glenn Greenwald Wraps Up The “Snowden” Psyop And Tacitly Advocates For The Faux “Freedom Act”

The time has come — indeed, it is long overdue — for the wisdom, ingenuity and resources of American business to be marshalled against those who would destroy it. Lewis Powell memo, 1971
By Scott Creighton: The manufactured hero psyop is drawing to a close while it’s main spokesman and front-man, Glenn Greenwald, is tacitly supporting the USA Freedom Act as a sort of “better than nothing” fix to the problem.
During his latest interview with ACLU Legal Director, Jameel Jaffer, Glenn sounds an awful lot like James Sensenbrenner, author of the Freedom Act and the Patriot Act as well.

If the perfect defeats the good, then bad prevails,” said Representative James Sensenbrenner, Republican of Wisconsin, an author of the Patriot Act who is now leading efforts to change it (and the author of the USA Freedom Act).
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GREENWALD: Right. Even if it’s a step in the right direction (the USA Freedom Act) it’s a very small step in the right direction. (Greenwald said this in an interview with Jameel Jaffer yesterday)
NOTE TO GLENN: No. It is not a step in the right direction unless of course by “right” you mean far-right fascist direction and in that case, it’s a HUGE step in the right direction.

Currently the USA Freedom Act is being amended behind closed doors.
What is going to emerge on Sunday when they hold their emergency “crisis” sessions of both the Senate and the House of Representatives will be even worse than what I and many others have been reporting on since it’s inception.
Right now we know of several changes that they are going to make to the “Freedom” Act that aren’t very good at all.

  1. They will extend the grace period of collection by the government (NSA) from 180 days to as much as two years.
  2. They want to make the “lone wolf” provision permanent.
  3. They want to make the “roving authorities” permanent.
  4. They want to give Big Telecom total immunity from any laws they violate with regard to our constitutional rights.
Does that sound like a step in the right direction to anyone?
Anyone at all?
Anyone other than Glenn Greenwald, that is?
I didn’t think so.
Now that this whole thing is coming to a speedy conclusion, now that we have “had the debate” as Glenn suggests (which of course, we haven’t), I think we should take stock in exactly where we are… where we ended up after this so-called “debate”
Keep in mind, the biggest provision of the USA “Freedom” Act is it privatizes the bulk collection of your personal information and data. it privatizes it is such a way as too allow the companies that hold it to do with it as they see fit. That’s why they have to include blanket immunity for them similar to the retroactive immunity they gave Big Telecom back in 2008 for scooping up the data in the first place and giving it to the NSA and others.
Now, if you think we have had this debate and ended up somewhere new with this “Freedom” Act, I want you to read this:

The National Security Agency is reviewing whether to stop collecting a vast stockpile of records of Americans’ telephone calls — the most controversial component of its surveillance programs— by allowing telecommunications companies to retain the data until U.S. intelligence officials have a specific reason to review it for possible connections to terror plots, U.S. officials said Tuesday
The NSA’s director, Gen. Keith Alexander, disclosed the review during a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, saying the agency and the FBI are jointly re-examining  “how we actually do this program.”
Asked  by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., if the records of phone calls – known as metadata — could be left in the hands of telecommunications firms and then  reviewed only when there is a suspicion “of a foreign terrorist connection,” Alexander replied:  “I do think that that’s something that we’ve agreed to look at and that we’ll do. It’s just going to take some time. We want to do it right.” NBC News
That ladies and gentlemen, was from 2013. Specifically, June 19, 2013.
The “Edward Snowden” psyop with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras went public on June 6, 2013.
Essentially here we are, two years after the “Snowden” leaks and we have ended up in the exact same place, with the exact same plan that the NSA’s director, Keith Alexander, suggested days after the story broke: privatizing the surveillance state.
But this isn’t the first time someone thought we should privatize unconstitutional and illegal mass surveillance.
That first effort was something called CISPA and it wasn’t very popular at all.

Well, it wasn’t popular with the general population because people back then seemed to have a problem with allowing Big Business the freedom to turn into Big Brother while getting paid a crap-load of tax-payers dollars for doing it.
Of course, Big Business just LOVED the idea of CISPA and they did whatever they could to make sure their employees in congress got the message.

April 15th, 2013… right before this whole thing kicked off and Glenn Greenwald was contacted by Edward Snowden, 200 senior IBM executives hit D.C. like a plague of locusts to push them to pass the new CISPA bill.
The message we’re going to give [lawmakers] is going to be a very simple, clear message: support the passage of CISPA,” he later added. The Hill
IBM is not the only megacorp pressing congress to pass this bill. In fact, when you start looking at the proponents of it, you will find SEVERAL of the companies directly linked to the Edward Snowden psyop.
“CISPA had garnered favor from corporations and lobbying groups such as Microsoft, Facebook, AT&T, IBM, Apple Inc. , Intel, Oracle Corporation, Symantec, and Verizon and the United States Chamber of Commerce, which look on it as a simple and effective means of sharing important cyber threat information with the government. Google has not taken a public position on the bill but has shown previous support for it…” List of companies who have sent letters of support for CISPA since 2012
You will also find major players like the Business Roundtable in support of CISPA as well as:
In all, with the aligned companies that make up the various Roundtables and alliances, there are 800 corporations that support the passage of CISPA.” American Everyman, June 19, 2013
In Nov. of 2013, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo and AOL all got together to write a letter to congress saying they fully supported the USA Freedom Act which was introduced in Oct.
The funny thing is, the Freedom Act was written by the same guy who wrote the Patriot Act. Something that Mr. Greenwald doesn’t ever mention.
The list of Big Business supporters of the Freedom Act continues to grow as you can imagine.
Mike Rogers, the guy who wrote the original CISPA bill, endorsed the Freedom Act last year.

“The USA Freedom Act provides the meaningful change to the telephone metadata program that Members of the House have been seeking.  If we had the fortune of having a Commander in Chief firmly dedicated to the preservation of this program as is, we may have been able to protect it in its entirety.  With that not being the case, I believe this is a workable compromise that protects the core function of a counterterrorism program we know has saved lives around the world.  I urge Members to support this legislation.” Mike Rogers
Do you know who else wanted CISPA , i.e. the privatized mass surveillance program? Pierre Omidyar, the eBay billionaire who just happens to be Glenn Greenwald’s boss right now over at the Intercept. Not only does he support this privatization plan, he also seems to support color revolutions in places like Ukraine.
The manufactured hero “Snowden” psyop has always been about readying the American people to accept a version of CISPA without being made fully aware of what they were supporting.
“Snowden” was a character they created, a young, attractive, seemingly intelligent “hero” who bucked the system and spilled his guts in order to tell the people the truth so we could “have the discussion” and make up our own minds about the need to revamp the security state in this country.
He was hiding in China then he was hiding in a small little transition area in a Russian airport then he was hiding in Moscow. Always hiding but always available for any and all establishment journalists who cared to find him.

I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word, in that I lived and worked undercover, overseas — pretending to work in a job that I’m not — and even being assigned a name that was not mine... What they are trying to do is that they are trying to use one position to distract from the totality of my experience, which is: I’ve worked for the Central Intelligence Agencyundercover, overseas, I’ve worked for the National Security Agency – undercover, overseas, and I’ve worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency as a lecturer at the joint counter-intelligence training,” “Edward Snowden” from RT
“Snowden” was a character they created in order to sell their re-branded version of CISPA. The name they chose for their character is significant. It’s a little jab at us folks with enough sense to look behind the curtain.

“… by seeing Snowden’s entrails spilling over the plane (he spilled his guts), he feels that “Man was matter, that was Snowden’s secret. Drop him out a window and he’ll fall. Set fire to him and he’ll burn. Bury him and he’ll rot, like other kinds of garbage. The spirit gone, man is garbage.” Wiki page on Snowden character from Catch 22
That’s what a whistle-blower does, isn’t it? Spill his guts?
We’ve come to the end of the manufactured hero story. It lasted as long as it needed to in spite of the best efforts of us “Edward Snowden Truthers” out here.
With the deadline fast approaching, their manufactured crisis is ready for the big compromise: passage of the re-branded CISPA known as the USA Freedom Act.
Their manufactured hero is about ready to ride off into the sunset and their front-man, their own ShamWow salesman, Glenn Greenwald, is still working the margins trying to make sure everyone is set and ready for the step in the “right” direction.
I guess it’s a good thing that they killed Aaron Swartz back in January of 2013 when they did. He certainly wouldn’t have been fooled by the “Freedom” Act or “Snowden” either for that matter.
He would have had the resources and the tenacity to help turn the tide and expose this fascist piece of legislation so that folks like Greenwald could never have gotten away with pretending he didn’t know what he was tacitly supporting.
Looking back over the years I’m kinda sad that we’ve come this far with so few who understand what this “comprise” really means. That’s not a compromise at all and in fact, it’s what Big Business and the NSA have wanted from the very beginning.
I guess that means folks like myself have failed. It would have been nice to have had someone like Aaron out here on the fringes with us. I can’t help but feel we let him down.
So ends the manufacture hero story of Edward Snowden. So begins the new age of unshackled and unrestrained corporate mass surveillance in the U.S. brought to you by that same manufactured hero story and it’s main mouthpiece, Pierre Omidyar‘s Glenn Greenwald.
We gave it a shot anyway.

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