Connect with us

Media

NBC: The Founders Would be Outraged With Edward Snowden

Published

on

Meet the Press’s David Gregory was on Leno the other night, and they were talking about the NSA’s snooping policies and the tired question about whether Edward Snowden is a traitor or hero. If you remember, David Gregory is the guy who brought a 30-round gun magazine on his show at the height of the gun control debate. His studio resides in D.C., which has a law prohibiting possession of any magazine with over a 10-round capacity. He was found in violation of that law, but the Attorney General of the District of Columbia decided not to prosecute him.
So, he was talking to Jay Leno, and he remarked how the Founding Fathers never envisioned a guy like Edward Snowden trying to “take down” government programs:

 “You know, there are people who give him credit for sort of forcing this debate out into the country. I think it’s deeply disturbing when someone takes it upon him or herself to decide they’re uncomfortable with some program and they decide they want to undo a government program. I don’t think that’s what the founders of the country envisioned and it’s not a real way to do that.”

Was there a better way that Snowden could have dealt with the information he had? Sure. But if he had gone about it the “right” way, we likely wouldn’t be debating the spying policies of our government right now. He made a trade-off, and from what he’s already said, he decided to go about the problem this way knowing that there would be consequences.
Snowden had also said that he didn’t want all this to be about him being a “hero” or a “traitor.” It’s not about him. It should be about our government and all the things they do in the name of “national security.”
David Gregory invoked the Founding Fathers. He said they didn’t envision someone like Snowden doing what he did. Well, did they envision a government as massive as ours? Did they envision the very real surveillance state that is now laid bare? It’s not like Snowden blew the whistle on some programs that are mere inconveniences to Americans. It goes way beyond just keeping tabs on our enemies:

“Metadata is information about what communications you send and receive, who you talk to, where you are when you talk to them, the lengths of your conversations, what kind of device you were using and potentially other information, like the subject line of your emails,” said Peter Eckersley, the technology projects director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital civil liberties group. Powerful computer algorithms can analyze the metadata to expose patterns and to profile individuals and their associates, Eckersley said. ‘Metadata is the perfect place to start if you want to troll through millions of people’s communications to find patterns and to single out smaller groups for closer scrutiny,’ he said. ‘It will tell you which groups of people go to political meetings together, which groups of people go to church together, which groups of people go to nightclubs together or sleep with each other.’ Metadata records of search terms and webpage visits also can reveal a log of your thoughts by documenting what you’ve been reading and researching, Eckersley said. ‘That’s certainly enough to know if you’re pregnant or not, what diseases you have, whether you’re looking for a new job, whether you’re trying to figure out if the NSA is watching you or not,’ he said, referring to the National Security Agency. Such information provides ‘a deeply intimate window into a person’s psyche,’ he added. The more Americans rely on their smartphones and the Internet, the more metadata is generated.”

Did they envision all that? And speaking of the Founding Fathers, what was it that James Madison said?

  • “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
  • “I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
  • “It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.”

And we all know Ben Franklin’s quip:  “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
Would the Founders be outraged with Snowden? Would they be outraged at our government? Perhaps they would be outraged at us for standing idly by and putting up with such nonsense for so many years. They envisioned a Constitutional Republic, if we could keep it.

Don't forget to Like The Washington Sentinel on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our friends at The Republican Legion.

Become an insider!

Sign up for the free Washington Sentinel email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Media

ABC Busts Biden Campaign For Raising Taxes On Middle And Lower Class

ABC caught red-handed doing actual journalism.

Published

on

By

ABC Busts Joe Biden For Raising Taxes On Middle And Lower Class

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl confronts Biden campaign co-chairman Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond: “Sen. Harris said that she wanted to repeal the Trump tax cuts on day one…that does raise taxes on middle-income earners”

ABC’s Jon Karl asked Biden campaign co-chair Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), almost apologetically, but he still asked, doesn’t Biden’s plan obviously raise taxes on most Americans if you repeal the Trump tax cuts? Not just those making more than $400,000?

Biden campaign co-chairman responded that’s our “goal” but “on day 1” you’ll see our plan.

From ATR:

A repeal of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would impose a large tax increase on the American people. Thanks to the tax cuts, a typical family of four earning the median family income of $73,000 saw a tax cut of over $2,000– a 58% reduction in federal taxes. A single parent with one child with annual income of $41,000 saw a tax cut of $1,304 — a 73% reduction in federal taxes.

As noted by the New York Times: “Most people got a tax cut.” The NYT also stated: “To a large degree, the gap between perception and reality on the tax cuts appears to flow from a sustained — and misleading — effort by liberal opponents of the law to brand it as a broad middle-class tax increase.” Biden is a key part of this misleading effort.

Biden also repeated a lie he made during his campaign kickoff speech, claiming only high-income households received a tax cut. The Washington Post gave this claim four Pinocchios, noting it was “clearly false.” The Post also stated: “Most Americans received a tax cut.”

Democrats think that the lesson learned from Nancy Pelosi’s famous: “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it” quote was that America bought it hook line and sinker. He will raise everyone’s taxes. We’re not stupid.

Continue Reading

Culture

CNN Analyst And Former FBI Agent “We Have A Biological Terrorist In The White House”

Published

on

By

CNN Analyst And Former FBI Agent “We Have A Biological Terrorist In The White House”

Asha Rangappa, an analyst for CNN and a former FBI special agent tweeted: “We have a biological terrorist in the White House.” This follows President Trump’s return to the White House on Monday evening after treatment for the Coronavirus.

Defending her claim, Asha Rangappa cited a Justice Department memo stating back in March that the novel Coronavirus “appears to meet the statutory definition of a biological agent” and that those who engage in the “purposeful exposure and infections of others” could be charged for terrorism-related offenses.

While there are allegations that he knew about his positive diagnosis significantly earlier than he had announced it on Thursday evening, there is no certifiable evidence that he knowingly exposed officials and staffers to the virus.

Twitter took aim!

Vile Democrats joined in with her:

Continue Reading

Media

Major Newspapers Assign Top Reporters To Update Trump’s Obituary

Ghouls!

Published

on

By

The New York Times’ Ben Smith says top reporters at three of the major newspapers in the nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times have been assigned to update President Donald Trump’s obituary, according to TDW.

Those reporters include Peter Baker at The New York Times, Marc Fisher at The Washington Post and Mark Z. Barabak at The Los Angeles Times, Smith claimed people from the various papers confirmed to him.

Smith noted of the “reporters arrayed at Walter Reed military hospital on Sunday” that “the White House press corps is working with admirable aggression and openness. We need to know who is in charge of the government, and to understand the outcome of President Trump’s long evasion of the coronavirus crisis as Americans begin to vote.”

Dr. Mark Fisher, a professor of neurology and political science at the University of California, Irvine, told Smith, “It will help if reporters are medically knowledgeable, and ask the right questions, e.g. blood pressure, heart rhythm, sleep disorders. The more specific and precise questions reporters ask, the better. A robust fund of knowledge by the reporter is a great advantage.”

The major newspapers preparing their obituaries for Trump’s possible death may likely be premature; on Saturday evening White House physician Sean Conley, D.O., released a statement on President Trump’s health which indicated he had improved significantly since he had been diagnosed with COVID-19. More

How can this possibly be true‽ Top reporters don’t work for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times! The MSM has a significant case of Stage 4 TDS.

Continue Reading

Media

Leftists Go Nuts Over Trump Taking Short Ride Outside Walter Reed Medical Center

Published

on

By

Leftists Go Nuts Over Trump Taking Short Ride Outside Walter Reed Medical Center

Leftist MSM personalities took to Twitter following President Trump temporarily leaving Walter Reed Medical Center and taking a short drive to see his supporters who were outside showing their excitement for the president.

The most distinguished hit came from Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin, who went on a rant and called for the Maryland Attorney General to “indict Trump for reckless endangerment” and “assault.”

CBS News reporter David Begnaud complained that the president appeared to not wear the correct type of mask.

Elizabeth Landers a reporter for Vice News claimed that a Secret Service agent told her that Trump’s actions were “so reckless and careless and heartless.”

Continue Reading

Media

Trump Tax Return Hit Piece Fact Checks Itself: He Paid $1 Million in 2016 and $4.2 Million in 2017 to US Treasury

Published

on

By

The New York Times just published a so-called “bombshell” report on the president’s taxes, where they claimed Trump only paid $750 in federal income taxes for 2016 and 2017. Of course, the rest of the MSM has taken this and ran with it.

The MSM everywhere are pushing the story of Trump only paying $750 in taxes as 100% fact, but unfortunately, they’re missing an immense part of the equation.

TWJ:

The New York Times never lets the facts get in the way of a good story – it just buries them so far down no one will see.

Then it buries its own credibility, too.

That was the case Sunday when the most biased “news” organization in the country published its latest in-kind donation to the Democratic Party in the form of a nearly 10,000-word account of President Donald Trump’s income tax history, deliberately written to cast Trump as a villain to hard-working, taxpaying Americans.

But one key fact buried by The Times gives the game away on how misleading the article actually was.

The so-called “newspaper of record” started out the article with sentences apparently aimed at Everyman: It didn’t talk in billions or millions of dollars, figures most Americans don’t deal with on a regular basis (even Times readers).

Under the ominous headline “Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses and Years of Tax Avoidance,” it claimed that a billionaire who became president of the United States had “paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750.”

That’s in the lede. The first sentence of a story that should set the tone for everything that follows. More

There is no wonder why President Donald Trump has to use Twitter to get his truth out! The Garbage times and other rags, never tell the truth!

Continue Reading

Democrats

Feminist Journalist Crank: Amy Coney Barrett Is “Weaponizing Her White Womanhood”

Like clockwork.

Published

on

By

Demented Liberal Fixates On Amy Coney Barrett’s Children

As reported by Newsbusters, Christine Grimaldi of Rewire News Group put her tweets on “protected” status after severe online backlash.

“This whole press conference is a display of Amy Coney Barrett weaponizing her white womanhood to grab whatever power managed to slip through the cracks in the Trump administration’s unrelenting misogyny,” tweeted Grimaldi.

“Trump and Barrett using her black children and child with down syndrome to score political points isn’t surprising, but it’s no less appalling,” she continued. “CNN keeps going on and on about Barrett’s family as if that makes her qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and a whopping three years as a Trump-appointed federal judge, as if that’s enough to qualify for a lifetime on the Supreme Court.”

TDW:

Liberals are throwing everything and the kitchen sink at Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the race to keep her off the Supreme Court. After an “anti-racist” author referred to her as a “white colonizer” for adopting two black children from Haiti, feminist journalist Christine Grimaldi of Rewire News Group claimed that Barrett is “weaponizing her white womanhood.”

In a series of angry tweets on Saturday, while Barrett was accepting her nomination to the Supreme Court, Grimaldi claimed that Barrett was actually using her black children as props to gain political points. More

Continue Reading

Media

CNN Asks If The U.S. Military Can Intervene If Trump Doesn’t Leave Office

I love how they are asking President Trump this question when it was Democrats who actually said they would not concede.

Published

on

By

CNN Asks If The U.S. Military Can Intervene If Trump Doesn’t Leave Office

H.R. McMaster laughed in CNN’s Wolf Blitzer face when he asked a ridiculous question: “It’s so worrisome, indeed. And General, if the President were to lose the election on November 3rd, and if he were to refuse to concede — this is a hypothetical, but you’re a military guy — what role would the U.S. military have to play in that type of scenario?”

“Absolutely no role, Wolf,” H.R. McMaster firmly replied with a chuckle. “And those who suggest that the military would have any role in transition — they are being equally irresponsible.”

He invoked George Washington, who he credited for establishing a “very bold line between the military and politics” during the nation’s founding.

“The military should have nothing to do with partisan politics and nothing to do with any talk — any talk — about a transition between administrations,” McMaster told Blitzer.

“And the fact that we even have to ask a question like that is so worrisome in and of itself,” Blitzer defended his question. “I never thought I would have to ask if the U.S. military were to have to get involved in dealing with this.”

Twitter weighs in:

Continue Reading

Latest Articles

Become an insider


Best of the Month

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
 
Send this to a friend