CISPA's Sponsors Can't Keep Their Story Straight: If Snowden's Leaks Are False, How Do They Harm America?
from the keep-trying dept
We already discussed how bizarre it is to see NSA defenders trying to claim both that this story is nothing new and a huge danger to America, but that kind of thing continues. Witness two of Congress’ biggest NSA defenders, Rep. Mike Rogers and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger — the two sponsors of CISPA — try to claim that Snowden was both lying and exposing secrets that harm us all.
“He was lying,” Rogers said. “He clearly has over-inflated his position, he has over-inflated his access and he’s even over-inflated what the actually technology of the programs would allow one to do. It’s impossible for him to do what he was saying he could do.”
“He’s done tremendous damage to the country where he was born and raised and educated,” Ruppersberger said.
So, um, if he’s lying and the information he leaked is not true, then how is he doing “tremendous damage” to the country? I guess the “damage” could be to our reputation as a freedom loving country that respects the 4th Amendment and basic rights to privacy, but that doesn’t seem to be what Ruppersberger is claiming.
“Some people are saying that he’s a hero. He’s broken the law,” Ruppersberger said. “We have laws in the United States for whistle-blowers, for people that think there’s an injustice being done. All he had to do was raise his hand. … Under the whistle-blower law, he is protected. Yet he chose to go to China.”
Er… except we’ve seen exactly what happens to NSA whistleblowers who go that route. They get completely ignored and then charged with trumped up claims of leaking secrets anyway, and threatened with over 30 years in jail. It’s pretty clear that just “raising his hand” doesn’t work and actually puts you even more at risk. Furthermore, the current “whistle-blower” law is rarely used and even more rarely successful, with whistleblowers almost never winning their cases.
“I hope that we don’t decide that our national security interests are going to be determined by a high-school dropout who had a whole series of both academic troubles and employment troubles,” Rogers said.
Yup. The best Rogers can do is try to smear the guy, rather than respond to what he actually leaked, which is apparently all lies, but threatens us all. Sorry, Rogers, but the story doesn’t hold up.