Who Will Rid Me Of This Meddlesome Press? NSA Director Calls For Actions To Be Taken Against Media

160px-Bill_of_Rights_Pg1of1_AC220px-Keith_B._Alexander_official_portraitNSA documents released by Edward Snowden have revealed years of false statements by the government, the capture of calls and emails from every citizen, the monitoring of tens of millions of people globally, the surveillance of world leaders including close allies, and the perjury by National Intelligence Director James Clapper. It has caused the Obama Administration — after denials of violations — to admit violations of U.S. laws and abuse of surveillance powers. Now General Keith Alexander, NSA director, says enough. We simply cannot stand any more disclosures of wrongdoing so Alexander wants to see actions taken against the media to prevent further disclosures.


The NSA surveillance has triggered the greatest diplomatic crisis in decades. The Obama Administration is promising reforms and investigations as if these were acts committed by some alien power. Alexander however has returned to the root of the problem in his view — and that of many politicians. It is the media. They are the ones who are continuing to disclose abuses. Stop the media, stop the disclosures. Stop the disclosures, stop the questions. It is so simple and Alexander cannot understand why we cannot come up with a way to shut the media up. He raised the question in an interview with one of the few remaining media sites viewed as friendly, the Defense Department’s own “Armed With Science” blog:

“I think it’s wrong that that newspaper reporters have all these documents, the 50,000 – whatever they have and are selling them and giving them out as if these – you know it just doesn’t make sense . . .We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don’t know how to do that. That’s more of the courts and the policy-makers but, from my perspective, it’s wrong to allow this to go on.”

Alexander’s hostility to the free press is so distortive that he actually views the press as “selling” secrets by informing the public of surveillance abuses by his agency. This would of course mean that the Pentagon Papers were “sold” by the press and should have also been stopped.

Just to be clear, the “wrong” can cannot be allowed to go on is the exercise of a free press. Just as other civil liberties have been discarded by the Obama Administration in the name of fighting terrorism, it is now time to curtail the free press — just another demonstration of loyalty demanded from citizens by their government.

140 thoughts on “Who Will Rid Me Of This Meddlesome Press? NSA Director Calls For Actions To Be Taken Against Media”

  1. Blouise,

    But, who else has sent you a quartet; with the cello being a major melodic component?

    Check your mail, before my heart gives out, which is surely soon. 😉

  2. Blouise,

    And here I thought I was the “other man”. :mrgreen:

    But I understand. That mespo is a natty dresser. It’s hard to wear marble and pull it off in this day and age. Marble and red no less. And people wonder where Justin Timberlake got his stylish demeanor. Mespo taught him everything he knows.

    He just better stay away from my Rachel Weisz.

    That Lothario of Virginia.

  3. Blouise:

    “Class of ’74 doesn’t have much left to brag about.”

    ******************

  4. SOTB,

    So what act of heroism did Alexander perform in the … ahem … Gulf? Germany you say … yeah, well Ninja Strudels have always been the enemy of the Signal Corp.

    Agree with you regarding the Bush Presidents but no excuse for Alexander.

    Class of ’74 doesn’t have much left to brag about.

    I can tell you this … if Hillary goes for the gold in 2016 and gets it then all the boys in the band better know how to play ’cause if not, they’re all going to find themselves loading trucks with the rest of the roadies. The woman knows her stuff and it’s been a long time since we actually had a President with enough experience in government, foreign and domestic, to hit the ground running. Shit, she can even find the restrooms in the White House without a guide.

    BLOOM BOX … will check it out.

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  6. @Blouise – Oh I forgot “Stuxnet”… how could I forget that?

    OK yes you can blame Kieth for allowing that monster to get out. But trust me on this. THEY ARE LYING about who actually built it. They try and say it was built in a cooperation with Israel. No.. it’s ALL Israel (Unit 8200). Who else can think up something so diabolical? That monster is one of the many things we in USA need to be frightened of. It’s part of the cyber-warfare monster that has US in it’s cross-hairs. (Is it a coincidence that Siemens AG, the intrinsic target of Stuxnet, was a NAZI company during WW2?)

    It’s bad enough we have to be fearful of Eco-terrorists and their “otherworldly” gadgets SecDef William Cohen tried to warn us about back in 1997 at the Athens GA conference. Now we have Stuxnet (Operation Olympic Games) and all of its polymorphic variances to worry about.

    Just wait until the power grid is taken off-line like in NY City once. Imagine having no power other than your portable genny (ala Hurricane Sandy) or your Generac (if you have big money). Ollie North has a huge one.

    I blame the Bush Family for all of this above not General Alexander alone. He was lied to just like General Colin Powell. I wish we had more Major General Smedley Butler’s in our military and can sniff out the bu**sh*t when the Wall Street tycoons (“rowdy friends”?) are trying to pull off something sneaky using our MILINDCMPLX.

  7. @Blouise – OK I get your Alexander-angst. He got his BRONZE for service in Gulf War. The other bronzes were for some parachute bronze in Germany and other places. The Star trek thing is no worse than the CIA hiring Jennifer Garner to do recruitment because of her ALIAS TV show. The same goes for her idiot husband and his retarded propaganda piece about Tony Mendez (ARGO (2012)).

    Janet Napolitano did a Star Trek theme advert (commercial) for DHS. Waste of money? Maybe. Just really poor judgement I think. A Director can outfit his office any way he/she wants. Can you imagine how the ROCK STAR appointed his 7th floor office? I shudder to think how JOB’s (John O. Brennan) office looks. His desk is probably a replica of a MQ1 Predator Drone (just kidding JOB… 😆 )

    Any way he’s outta’ here now. Should be gone before end of year. VADM Rogers is a more no-nonsense kinda’ guy and his desk will probably just have a ship’s bell and a nautical clock on it. No captain’s chair, bridge, and communicator sounds for the Cisco PABX phones.

    OK Mespo is your boy? What does he have I don’t? Oh yeah… that’s right… never mind! 😆

  8. rafflaw 1, October 31, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    sonofthunder,
    The Constitution should never be set aside. Just when does the “emergency” end? We are going on 13 years already.

    Yes, and I don’t disagree with you on that. But let’s look at this in perspective. 13 years ago, as you say, was NOT really an EMERGENCY per se. It was Bush Jr’s little “wet dream” as the actor in Enemy of the State movie who played the NSA director said. All of his illegal arguably unconstitutional surveillance was aimed at garnering LEVERAGE against his domestic enemies (i.e. other politicians) . The foreign enemy was IMO covertly operating at the behest of Bush’s man in the CIA Ollie North. However, in the interim the monster he built in the late 1980’s evolved into a Frankenstein monster of domestic and foreign enemies who figured out what our USA’s weakness is CYBER-SECURITY DEFENSE.

    Yes we are really good at Cyber-warfare but really suck at protecting ourselves from people like Israel, Russia, Bulgaria, China, Germany, etc. And to top that off we also have enemies from within. People like Snowden and the other new ones now do not help the situation we (USA) is trying to identify the new enemies.

    Obviously the new enemies are good at hiding their true identity. They use advance voice and data encryption and other methods that only espionage agents should be using. When Angela Merkel makes several voice encrypted calls to Kennebunkport ME that sends off red-flags that need to be explored. At what point do we step back and say “Oh… that’s OK… she’s just ordering an American pizza or something…”?

    Let’s look at this from a different vantage point. You say that the NSA is violating the Constitution. What part? Illegal search and seizure? How is it illegal if the TRUE OWNERS of the “physical layer” (in the ISO model) is the commercial service provider who has given their consent? Who owns the multimedia content coming out of your telephone or PC or MAC traversing to the remote party? Not you. It actually belongs to people like AT&T and other service providers. If they give their consent like they did with room 641 in San Francisco then NSA has NOT violated the Constitution. They did not go into your house, car, or job and plant any listening devices. They just scooped it up from the airways, cooper, or fiber backbones.

    The NSA is not the only US federal agency doing this. The FBI and the CIA does this too. However, their “scooping” is usually more focused on single POI (persons of interest) individuals rather than large groups of unidentified Americans.

    If you feel your voice/data privacy is being violated then start using PGP voice/data encryption. Or buy a voice scrambler and make sure the other party has one too. Or just speak in prearranged cryptic codes. Of course that will make you even more of a NSA target but at least you can feel relatively confident your enigmatic top-secret endeavors wont be discovered right away. But they will eventually…

    The emergency is not over. Technically its only just beginning… Wait until the power grid, or banking is taken down, and you can’t use or ATM card, or buy groceries, or buy gas, because some really clever enemy-of-the-state took them down. Hackers are not just acne-faced teenagers anymore. They are grown adults who have a hidden agenda to take down America for whatever reason they may have, political or financial. Either way the NSA is not going to allow that to happen on their watch…

  9. “More NSA Leakers Followed Snowden’s Footsteps, Whistleblower Lawyer Says”

    by ABC News
    Oct 31, 2013 6:06pm

    By BRIAN ROSS and RHONDA SCHWARTZ

    “Several more current and former National Security Agency insiders, inspired by American fugitive Edward Snowden, have come forward as whistleblowers with details of the shadowy agency’s operations, according to an attorney at a whistleblower protection organization.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/10/more-nsa-leakers-followed-snowdens-footsteps-whistleblower-lawyer-says/

    “The worst is yet to come.” -Brian Ross

  10. (Ain’t I such a flirt! – Daffy Duck) 😎

    Flirting over a chicken-feed fee $500 chicken dinner in honor of former-terribly-important-but-now-run-of-the-mill-Bushite-has-been like Alexander is fine but I must tell you up front that my blog heart belongs to mespo. 😉

  11. SOTB,

    “You seem to have a “thing” about Keith.”

    Between you, me, and the fence post, I have a great deal of respect for the silent soldiers, the ones in the field risking their life and limb every dam day and Alexander ain’t, and never has been, one of those real deal people. (I’d really like to know what act of heroism he performed to get his Bronze Star considering that he just squeaked past Nam.)

    I think it was in March of 2001 he told his hometown Syracuse newspaper “We have to stay out in front of our adversary. It’s a chess game, and you don’t want to lose this one.” Six months later came 9/11. That’s when he ordered his Army intercept operators to begin illegally monitoring the phone calls and email of American citizens who had nothing to do with terrorism, including intimate calls between journalists and their spouses. Congress had to give retroactive immunity to the telecoms that assisted him in that particular act of heroism. And what about the Stuxnet fiasco? That act of heroism backfired all over the place.

    Now, I would have avoided all this for I would have sent ol’ Keith to a basement office the minute he contracted with those Hollywood guys to build his Star Trek office … end of promotions, end of career. I want my tax dollars back for that room and hell, I want back the tax dollars that paid for his education at West Point and all the other degrees he picked up along the way when he was supposed to be serving his country. Lot of quiet classroom time for ol’ Keith. (Of course some spokesmen for Alexander say he didn’t build it … has that familiar Alexander refrain “Not my fault” … but can’t point to who did.)

    Am I surprised that Trekkie shoved off responsibility for Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse to others? Hell no. Am I surprise that under his leadership the NSA has suffered one of the largest scandals to ever hit the intelligence world? Hell, no. It’s who he is; it’s what he does.

    But you know the thing that really pisses me off about Alexander’s handling of the NSA … malware attacks against us from enemies foreign and domestic. Public skepticism about U.S. cyberoperations in providing such defenses against malware attacks are, thanks to Alexander’s power grabs and piss poor oversight, facing political constraints on programs that need to be implemented. Alexander, true to form, is blaming someone else … Snowden.

  12. sonofthunder,
    The Constitution should never be set aside. Just when does the “emergency” end? We are going on 13 years already.

  13. @anonymously posted – What is the core of your argument? That we should do NOTHING and just let the chips fall were they may? Are you able to post one cogent argument from your OWN mind and not others you are citing arguably out of context? It’s almost like you can not see the forest because of all those pesky trees…

  14. House Intelligence Chair: “You Can’t Have Your Privacy Violated if You Don’t Know Your Privacy Is Violated”

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/10/31/house_intelligence_chair_mike_rogers_you_can_t_have_your_privacy_violated.html

    “Anyone have some naked pictures of Mike Rogers, chair of the House Intelligence Committee? Want to send them to me? Don’t worry, we won’t be violating his privacy unless he finds out about it.

    Thanks to Techdirt’s Mike Masnick for highlighting this fascinating bit of sophistry from the Michigan Republican and former FBI agent, who is running the hearings charged with reviewing the National Security Agency’s mass-surveillance programs. Rogers reportedly plans to introduce legislation that would keep those surveillance programs largely intact, while adding a little more transparency. By his own logic, though, wouldn’t that transparency actually harm people’s privacy?

    Perhaps we should call this little philosophical conundrum “Rogers’ paradox” and bring in some of our deepest thinkers to have at it. Or perhaps we should just rephrase the Congressman’s stance as, “what you don’t know can’t hurt you,” and recognize it as an age-old excuse for people in power to trample on the rights of those without it. Either way, we should definitely discuss it over wine. What’s the ideal pairing, do you suppose, for a little friendly repartee about how best to justify a vast government surveillance program?”

  15. Michael Hayden, the Voice of Terror

    http://gawker.com/michael-hayden-the-voice-of-terror-1456034788

    Excerpts”

    Michael Hayden, the former head of the NSA and the CIA, is the official mouthpiece of the American surveillance state. His blithe, unquestioning acceptance of the idea that privacy is a foolish notion is horrifying. And for that, he is valuable.

    Michael Hayden believes that his experience makes him a voice of moderation and maturity in the debate that has arisen over the NSA’s vast global spying program. In fact, he is the voice of extremity. He is the living embodiment of the belief that surveillance is its own justification—that appeals for privacy on the basis of morality or ethics are ridiculous. He represents the philosophy of the primacy of the surveillance state: The democratically elected government exists to serve the spies, not the other way around. Nowhere is this better revealed than in Hayden’s Wall Street Journal op-ed today, a masterpiece of the “Whining to Friendly Ears” genre.

    The purpose of Hayden’s piece is for him to scoff at any efforts by policymakers to rein in the activities of the “intelligence community,” in the wake of revelations that the NSA has been spying on everyone from leaders of allied governments to religious figures to you and me. It is amusing to watch him paint a picture of a horrifying world in which unaccountable spying bureaucracies are forced “dangerously close” to the scary prospect of transparency. Can you imagine?

    The American surveillance state is excessive, unconstrained, and out of control. You’d have to be some sort of dangerous extremist not to see that. Thank you for always speaking up, Michael Hayden. That way the public doesn’t need spies to know what the dangerous extremists are thinking.

    End of excerpts

  16. @rafflaw: Listen to Richard Clarke talking about how really BAD things are now. If you want “them” to follow the Constitution faithfully without temporary deviation AND concurrently protect your enjoyed freedoms please offer some alternative suggestions. Cyber-crime is outweighing narco-crime by billions of USD. Industrial and commercial espionage is out of control. Just because the MSM is sugar-coating things and not reporting the new threats accurately to you does not mitigate the new threats one iota. Imagine if Israel invades Iran soon, look what happens to your freedoms as we are obligatorily dragged into the ridiculous manufactured skirmish. How much cyber-warfare will the preamble to this foolishness by Israel? Are you familiar with “Buckshot Yankee”? Didn’t think so…

  17. @BettyKath: Maybe that’s why he’s going to be confirmed as the new NSA director in next few weeks – I think. He operates tacitly?

    @Rafflaw: Good luck with your “perfect world”. How’s that working out for you lately?

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