Snowden blames Obama for trying to block his efforts to find asylum
Top Secret Clearances
A Top Secret clearance may be granted to those persons who have a "need-to-know" national security information, classified up to the Top Secret level, and who need unescorted access to FBI facilities, when necessary. This type of clearance will most often be appropriate for law enforcement officers assigned to FBI Task Forces housed in FBI facilities.
In addition to all the requirements at the Secret level, a background investigation, covering a 10-year time period, is required.
Once favorably adjudicated for a Top Secret security clearance, the candidate will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.
That's no excuse to reveal national security information.
What's his sacrifice?
The NSA's interception of electronic traffic of US citizens doesn't affect our "freedoms" if they don't act on anything they learn from them.
Facebook and other commercial enterprises in the US probably has more personal information on citizens, but they use it "presumably" to advance their business - and not to use it in any negative manner.
When you talk about "probable cause," I have to ask, what harm have any citizen suffered from their collection of electronic data? I know of none.
As for a large number of foreign citizens being monitored, why are you so concerned about non-citizens who may be a terrorist?
But he is also a whistleblower who revealed unethical actions by his employer at very great person risk to himself. So far, he was revealed that:
- The NSA is intercepting large quantities of electronic traffic from US citizens without probable cause.
- The NSA is collecting phone call information about many US citizens without probable cause.
- Judicial oversight is a joke.
- The US is spying on our allies during trade negotiations.
- The US is monitoring the electronic traffic of a large number of foreign citizens who are not in any way suspected of a crime.
The guy is a hero. Funny how we look at the guy who released the Pentagon Papers as a hero but this guy is a stupid lawbreaker.
Gulf of Tonkin incident
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Gulf of Tonkin incident
The Gulf of Tonkin incident (or the USS Maddox incident) is the name given to two separate confrontations involving North Vietnam and the United States in the waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. On August 2, 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox, while performing a signals intelligence patrol as part of DESOTO operations, engaged three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats of the 135th Torpedo Squadron. A sea battle resulted, in which the Maddox expended over two hundred and eighty 3-inch and 5-inch shells, and in which four USN F-8 Crusader jet fighter bombers strafed the torpedo boats. One US aircraft was damaged, one 14.5 mm round hit the destroyer, three North Vietnamese torpedo boats were damaged, and four North Vietnamese sailors were killed and six were wounded; there were no U.S. casualties.
The second Tonkin Gulf incident was originally claimed by the U.S. National Security Agency to have occurred on August 4, 1964, as another sea battle, but instead may have involved "Tonkin Ghosts" (false radar images) and not actual NVN torpedo boat attacks.
The outcome of these two incidents was the passage by Congress of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which granted President Lyndon B. Johnson the authority to assist any Southeast Asian country whose government was considered to be jeopardized by "communist aggression". The resolution served as Johnson's legal justification for deploying U.S. conventional forces and the commencement of open warfare against North Vietnam.
In 2005, an internal National Security Agency historical study was declassified; it concluded that the Maddox had engaged the North Vietnamese Navy on August 2, but that there were no North Vietnamese Naval vessels present during the incident of August 4. The report stated regarding August 2:
At 1505G, Captain Herrick ordered Ogier's gun crews to open fire if the boats approached within ten thousand yards. At about 1505G, the Maddox fired three rounds to warn off the communist boats. This initial action was never reported by the Johnson administration, which insisted that the Vietnamese boats fired first.
Regarding August 4:
It is not simply that there is a different story as to what happened; it is that no attack happened that night. [...] In truth, Hanoi's navy was engaged in nothing that night but the salvage of two of the boats damaged on August 2.
That you can only talk about spelling proves who the dummy is; you!
This guy gives away national security information against the laws of this country, and he complains that the president and vice president are attempting to deny him asylum.
What does he expect? A million dollar reward and a two week vacation at a five star resort?
He is a citizen of the US and this is how he thanks our government
... trying to discredit America before the world, tarnishing our image, giving those who wish to harm us the information on how the US is laying traps to capture them. Tis true, all governments spy on other governments....this is what the CIA is for, the Mossad, etc. Snowden may have compromised U.S. agents operating overseas; one doesn't know what this black sheep individual is capable of.
Edward Snowden has been charged with a serious crime; by betraying his country, he is a traitor by releasing classified information
... and then had the gall to try and seek asylum abroad as opposed to sticking around the way Daniel Ellsberg of the Pentagon Papers did.