Edward Snowden Tried Official Channels before WhistleblowingAdded: Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
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Former NSA contractor tried proper channels to raise concerns about government surveillance programs before turning into a whistleblower. Edward wrote to the European Parliament that he reported policy or legal issues related to snooping programs to at least ten officials, but since he was a contractor, he had no legal avenue to do anything. All of those officials ignored him.
Edward Snowden confirmed he had reported spying programs to more than ten distinct officials, but none of them took any action to address his concerns. The Snowden’s problem was that he wasn’t protected by American whistleblower laws, and wouldn’t have been protected from retaliation and legal sanction for revealing classified data either.
Last summer, President Obama said that there were "other avenues" available to a whistleblower like Snowden, whose “conscience was stirred” and who believed he needed to question government actions. Nevertheless, the president seems to be unaware that the laws didn’t apply to contractors, only government employees.
Instead Edward was just warned not to rock the boat, threatened with the sort of retaliation former NSA whistleblowers like Wiebe, Binney, and Drake faced. All of them were subject to intense scrutiny and the threat of criminal prosecution.
Some believe this issue should be someone else's problem – even the highest-ranking officials Snowden told about his concerns failed to recall when an official complaint resulted in the shutdown of an unlawful program, only saying that “there clearly was a unanimous desire to avoid being associated with such a complaint in any form”.
In response, the National Security Agency disputed his account, claiming that after extensive investigation, including interviews with Snowden's former NSA supervisors and co-workers, they didn’t find any evidence to support his claims that he tried to bring these matters to anyone's attention.
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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
|Thanks Oziman. Good story. Missed this one while doing my usual news crawl.|
|He's a hero. God bless you Ed.|
|"NSA supervisors and co-workers, they didn’t find any evidence to support his claims that he tried to bring these matters to anyone's attention." What on earth did we expect them to say. "oops sorry 'bout that".|
|Meanwhile when the guilty are asked if they are guilty they still say they are not guilty...nothing new there.|
|hes a f'n Hero ....they are the enemy|
|posted by (2014-03-21 08:03:31)|
|It like reporting them and said all that killing himself to lost his job and maybe he even know his rights at the moment happened it and if he was at Malaysia,Singapore we were know how he escaped alone and not with other imaging running with mental abuse for that kind of jobs. Hero to on-line fans hackers!.|
|posted by (2014-03-23 01:04:44)|
|Stingray, a suitcase-size device that pretends it's a cell tower and tricks all cellphones in an area into electronically identifying themselves and transmitting data to police rather than the nearest phone company's tower. Because documents about Stingrays are regularly censored, it's not immediately clear what information the devices could capture, such as the contents of phone conversations and text messages, what they routinely do capture based on how they're configured or how often they might be used.|
In one of the rare court cases involving the device, the FBI acknowledged in 2011 that so-called cell site simulator technology affects innocent users in the area where it's operated, not just a suspect police are seeking.
|posted by (2014-03-23 16:29:15)|
|I used to work with a cell site simulator, very cool toy! I caught part of a conversation the day Chicago's Mayor Washington died, the caller was telling his friend Washington was wearing ladies panties, this was before the news had even reported Washington had had a heart attack. The pantie rumors started days later, this was before the internet so such stuff was limited to word of mouth until the press caught a whiff.|
The problem was our cell site simulator only covered a very small area, as the caller drives out of range the call drops. Our was made by Motorola and was the size of a bread box, that was 30 years ago. I have little doubt the NSA can modify any smart phone to do this, probably just a firmware upgrade, possibly even an app! You won't find that one in the play store!
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