Manufactured Hero Edward Snowden: Language is a Tricky Thing Mr. Snyder

by Scott Creighton

Language is a tricky thing and to fully comprehend what it is your are hearing or reading, you have to hear and feel the nuance that makes the real message crystal clear.

I was reading an article by Michael Syner over at Economic Collapse called “22 Nauseating Quotes From Hypocritical Establishment Politicians About The NSA Spying Scandal” when it occurred to me that Michael, for all his good intentions, doesn’t quite understand what it is he is angry about. He thinks he does because he sees these quotes he puts up and on the surface level they seem outrageous, but the reality is vastly more horrifying than he knows.

The truth is, for the most part, these quotes that he uses to add to the growing outrage in America (exactly what the NSA and the CIA and the administration wants by the way) are not lies. They aren’t.

I picked only 4 to make my point but if I had more time I could do this with all of them, the ones that aren’t just statements of someone’s opinion, which again, aren’t lies.

In these four “nauseating quotes from hypocritical establishment politicians” I will show you they aren’t really being hypocritical and they certainly aren’t lying about anything. You can be nauseated or you can be stunned or just simply saddened that  this is what our country has devolved into. I won’t presume to instruct you as to your reaction.

There’s been enough of that surrounding this fabricated hero.

#15 Barack Obama: “Nobody is listening to your telephone calls.” Michael Snyder

That’s not a lie. The program as exposed long before the manufactured hero and two complicit globalist publications (Guardian and Washington Post) brought PRISM to light (again) is not about someone sitting there listening to your phone calls. They process millions of calls everyday but they don’t listen to them. They would have to employ every American over the age of 2 in order to do that. So of course nobody is listening to your telephone calls. They are collecting them like some kind of commodity. And that’s the problem.

Think about that for a second… what they have done is to financialize and monetize stuff that was just floating around out there. It’s being collected by contractors (privatization) traded, bought and sold across a vast network of various markets. You thing they only sit on that stuff and use it in the off chance they need to blackmail you in the future? That would be a waste. They sell it, barter it, trade it to companies who use it for… marketing. Hell, there may even be derivatives out there based on your sexting Tweets to your secret lover.

But is this a lie? No. That’s what is even worse about it… they aren’t concerned about you possibly being a dissident or a trouble-maker in the future, they know all of us by now… they are getting your information to create a marketing profile they can pawn off to their crony companies which they can sell or trade as they see fit. That’s called fascism folks, when the government is a wholly owned subsidiary of the marketplace. And that is what this is.

#16 Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency: “We do not see a tradeoff between security and liberty.” Michael Snyder

How could somebody who has risen to the top of a fascist agency like the NSA possibly see the world any differently?  If you are nauseated by this, you haven’t been paying attention over the past 60 years or so. The NSA and the CIA are all instruments of international capital and massive conglomerates. They make the world safe for our “national interests”

That’s like telling people to be nauseated because the head of the Klan hates black people and Jews.

#17 An exchange between NSA director Keith Alexander and U.S. Representative Hank Johnson in March 2012…

JOHNSON: Does the NSA routinely intercept American citizens’ emails?


JOHNSON: Does the NSA intercept Americans’ cell phone conversations?


JOHNSON: Google searches?


JOHNSON: Text messages?


JOHNSON: orders?


JOHNSON: Bank records?

ALEXANDER: No. Michael Snyder

This is an interesting one and this is where the understanding of language and the law comes into play.

It has been exposed a while ago that the NSA redefined the way they define the term “intercept” According to their internal regulations, they don’t consider the collection of anything to be an “intercept” rather they only consider something to have been intercepted when they actually have a person listen to it after the program, the computer program, filters it and processes it and makes determinations about it.

So they don’t “routinely intercept” any of the things Johnson asked about.

Several reasons this is scary.

One – In order for Alexander to be able to TRUTHFULLY (according to the NSA definition of the term “intercept”) answer the questions in the manner he did, Johnson had to ask a very specific question. He couldn’t ask the head of the NSA if they COLLECT calls or bank records or emails to use later… he had to ask if they “intercept” them.

That means the entire “nauseating” exchange was scripted in advance… BY THE NSA.

That is scary. The NSA telling congressmen what they are to ask and HOW they are to ask it prior to a congressional hearing.

Two – Back to privatization. Technically the NSA doesn’t even collect this stuff, a contractor does. If you’ve ever built a house for yourself you can run around and tell everyone that you “built” it, but you actually just PAID for it to be built. The contractor BUILT it.

That might seem like splitting hairs, but legally, it’s a world of difference. The contractor has a contract and insurance and he is on the line. If he were to do something like start dumping toxic waste on your property as he was building the house and later someone next door dies of cancer and his hideous wife looks to sue you, you can bet your bottom dollar (and you will) that you will no longer tell all your drinking buddies that you built that house. Nor will you tell the judge that.

That’s why when the telecom spying program was exposed in 2006, congress had to enact a bill, FISA 2008, to protect the companies involved… because they were illegally transferring your protected information to the NSA, all of it, so they needed retroactive immunity for THEIR crimes, not the crimes of the NSA.

It’s like a pyramid scheme with a tangled web of shell companies to hide the actual trail of criminality.

The other big problem with that is the fact that the companies doing this collection and processing are mainly located outside the United States, mostly Israel, which makes holding them accountable or seeing what they are doing all the more difficult.

So is the NSA routinely intercepting all of this stuff? No. A perfectly legit answer in the way they interpret the language of the question. And the language in this case is the cold, calculating slippery language of law and business.

#18 Deputy White House press secretary Dana Perino: “The intelligence activities undertaken by the United States government are lawful, necessary and required to protect Americans from terrorist attacksMichael Snyder

Lawful does not mean “constitutional” nor does it mean “just” which is downright terrifying to me.  And these activities are “necessary” if the transition they envision is to take place.

required to protect Americans from terrorist attacks” now that’s the biggie because…

1. … all of this tracks back to 9/11. We had the Amerithrax attacks since then in order to push the Patriot Act through and the FBI has been steadily fabricating one fake terrorist attack after another over the years, all in a concerted effort to produce the narrative of the scary boogie-man and his sleeper cells hiding around every corner. And for years I and others have been writing about that being done for a reason… a very specific reason… so in the end when we devolve into an absolute totalitarian police state, they could use the history of “terrorists attacks” as a foundation for their inevitable Domestic War on Terrorism and “Extremists”. The history of neoliberalized nations is replete with one flavor of death squad to the next. Suharto had them, the Shah of Iran had them, Papa Doc had them, Pinochet had them… and we have them flying above Yemen and Afghanistan and Pakistan and Libya right now.  You think they aren’t coming home to America you are painfully mistaken. But the point here is, the allusion to 9/11 without saying it is crucial… because it all boils down to 3 building collapsing into their own footprints at near free-fall acceleration due to office fires.

2. … if you understand that the terrorist attacks in the past that this is protecting us from actually came from within the ranks of well placed soulless sycophants to power, then you REALLY understand what that statement means.

Back when Hillary Clinton was destroying Libya on behalf of the global elites, she warned Gadhafi that more of his people were going to die if he didn’t give up and run away to London or somewhere and live out the rest of his life in luxury (we probably would have put him up in Miami). On the surface she was saying the conflict would kill those people, those innocent civilians, but under the surface, the real message, was that SHE and NATO were going to kill more and more until Gadhafi had enough and left or died. It was blackmail. It was terrorism. And in the end NATO killed 50,00o between their bombs and the terrorists they hired to destabilize that country.

Now think about that statement.

If we were to hold the NSA and the CIA under a microscope, let’s say some legitimate congressman or state’s attorney actually gets a wild-hair and decides to stand up to the Washington Consensus on this issue and they actually start issuing subpenas, and the general population starts to rise up and stand not for Edward Snowden, but for themselves and their rights.

What do you think those people are going to do in order to maintain their grasp on power and the fascist agenda they have been working on for decades?

They will resort to the exact same tactics that got them where they are today: terrorism. It’s the ONLY trick they have in their bag and with the complicit media on their side along with most of the so-called “alternative” journalists, it would be easy for them to finger anyone or any group they choose. No investigation, no trial, no accountability.

So, in order to protect Americans from the terrorists, we have to give into them. And to understand that bit of language which is clearly what he is saying on a deeper level, you have to understand who the terrorists really are.

So Michael Synder put together a nifty little list of quotes to rile up the angry mob. Unfortunately he didn’t take the time to explain just how angry they should be and where they should direct that anger.

Instead, he basically does what the NSA and the CIA want all of us “alternative” investigative journalists to do with this subject they created: stir up the dissident pot in a kind of directionless frenzy while helping them maintain the all important illusion of the terrorist boogie-man lurking ever lurking in the shadows.


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15 Responses

  1. Well said. We’re in a lot of trouble 😦

  2. The other thing is, just because all these “revelations” have gone “mainstream” doesn’t mean it’s going to stop. In fact, the administration WANTS everyone to know they are being profiled….”Obey, Or Else”.

  3. Excellent post,some very intelligent,well thought out observations.You are on a roll Scott.

  4. […] Manufactured Hero Edward Snowden: Language is a Tricky Thing Mr. Snyder ( […]

  5. Thanks WillyLoman, excellent post. Perhaps the hardest thing to get used to is the fact that the general American public wants fascism now, though they wouldn’t use that word. Anything to remain “safe”.

  6. Naomi Wolf’s “creeping concern that the NSA leaker is not who he purports to be.”

    • She used to be (or at least I used to think so) an inspiring person who told truth to power and opened people’s eyes… Her wiggly insincere language in this article of made me puke in my mouth…

      • “wiggly”?

        seems pretty concrete to me:

        ” He is super-organized, for a whistleblower, in terms of what candidates, the White House, the State Dept. et al call ‘message discipline.’ He insisted on publishing a power point in the newspapers that ran his initial revelations. I gather that he arranged for a talented filmmaker to shoot the Greenwald interview. These two steps — which are evidence of great media training, really ‘PR 101″ — are virtually never done (to my great distress) by other whistleblowers, or by progressive activists involved in breaking news, or by real courageous people who are under stress and getting the word out. They are always done, though, by high-level political surrogates.”

        “In the Greenwald video interview, I was concerned about the way Snowden conveys his message. He is not struggling for words, or thinking hard, as even bright, articulate whistleblowers under stress will do. Rather he appears to be transmitting whole paragraphs smoothly, without stumbling. To me this reads as someone who has learned his talking points — again the way that political campaigns train surrogates to transmit talking points”

        and she’s right. his delivery always seemed to slick for me. too rehearsed. The actress who comes by here said something similar about his acting.

        really? you’re gonna turn on Naomi Wolf over this little psyop?

      • Corageous Greenwald?? Gutsiness of Guardian???

        Maybe I need to calm down and read it again….

        • Greenwald is courageous. He knows what happens to liberal dissenters when the bottom drops out of systems that are being put in place, and so do I for that matter, and whether or not he goes far enough to make you or me happy is not the point.

          You can say he pulls back all you want, God knows I’ve said it, but you cannot say he is not courageous. He’s not Bill O’Reilly or Jon Stewart. He’s a journalist. One of the few left.

          And I’m telling you that BEING THE FIRST TO CALL OUT THIS ED SNOWDEN SHIT AS A PSYOP and I still say that about Glenn. He and I have actually had a little run-in online once.. but he has guts.. ain’t no doubt about that. And he believes what he writes.So I respect him.

          As for the Guardian… you’re right about that. It’s a globalist propaganda machine. I figure it was the Guardian working with the NSA that set up Glenn in the first place with the intention of finally exposing Ed as a fraud, and discrediting Glenn and anyone else who “STANDS WITH EDWARD SNOWDEN”

        • Scott… I am not even sure if I would need to tell you how much I have grown to respect your opinions… So I will go with you on Greenwald and giv him the benefit of the doubt…

          But, this makes him a patsy journalist at best, trapped and used by the Guardian and their masters…

          • I think it’s becoming clear it’s one of two things… he was set-up or he’s in on it. maybe they made him an offer, maybe he just trusted the Guardian because unlike us, he trusted them. I don’t know yet. I’m leaning toward they set him up to take the fall. Remember, he was shocked when he saw the kid for the first time in Hong Kong, which means he never spoke to him, the Guardian did. And the Guardian sent him to Hong Kong. Did they tell Glenn they vetted the guy? I don’t know. But the sooner Glenn breaks from this shit, the better off he will be. my opinion.

    • thanks for the link. I put it up as an article. gave you the hat tip. she’s right on the money. it is too packaged and too slick and Hong Kong is in the pocket of Britain to this day. The CIA is also very powerful in Hong Kong as is Wall Street. It makes no sense for an educated person who works in this stuff to flee to Hong Kong to escape the influence of the NSA. Then all the crap he laid out there about how wonderful and liberal Hong Kong was, sounded more like a PR move than a whistle blower. good find and thanks for the link

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