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Ex-CIA Chief Compares NSA Leaker Snowden to Boston Marathon Bombers

Michael Hayden/gov photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Of all the ways to describe Edward Snowden, former CIA and NSA chief Michael Hayden may have come up with the most incendiary.

In an interview with Financial Review, an Austrian publication, Hayden compared Snowden to the Boston Marathon bombers.

“I don’t think Snowden spied for the money, and he probably did not spy for the power. He seems to have revealed this information because of his ideological embrace of transparency as a virtue,” Hayden said.

“It is a little like the Boston bombers. The issue is at what point does Islamic fundamentalism flip-over and become a genuine national security threat? Likewise, at what point does a cultural tendency towards transparency flip-over to become a deep threat inside your system?”

Just in case you’re keeping score, the Boston bombers terrorized the country, tried to kill a massive amount of people with a bomb and led police on a deadly, dangerous pursuit.

Snowden, on the other hand, leaked records because he believed in transparency.

 

Did Boston Marathon Bombers Have Help? FBI Investigates Accused Terrorist in Boston Area

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators are trying to determine whether the Boston Marathon bombers received help from a terrorism suspect who had all the materials needed for a pressure-cooker bomb, Reuters reports.

The Boston-area man, Daniel Morley, is accused of trying to blow up an airplane and having bomb-making equipment at his home on June 9, Reuters wrote.

Morley told his mother that his best friend was bragging about knowing one of the two Chechen brothers accused of detonating a pressure-cooker near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Police found a large pressure cooker and a block duffel back inside Morley’s closet. Included were black power, ignitors and pieces of metal to be used as shrapnel, according to Reuters.

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Democratic Congressman Complains That Most-Wanted Terror Ad is Racist

Steve Neavlng
ticklethewire.com

A most-wanted ad posted on buses in Seattle is racist because it only depicts faces of Muslims, a Democrat who represents Seattle said Thursday, Biz Pac reports.

The ad, which pictures the FBI’s 16 most-wanted terrorists, were posted on buses throughout Seattle in an effort to track down terrorists.

It’s part of a worldwide effort to capture terrorists. A $25 million reward is offered for information leading to the capture of the suspected terrorist, according to Biz Pac.

Rep. Jim McDermott said his problem is that the suspected terrorists come “from only one ethnic or religious group promotes stereotypes and ignores other forms of extremism.”

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Opinion: Congress Should Promptly End NSA Phone Surveillance

 
By Eugene Robinson
Washington Post

From the evidence so far, there’s no good reason to let the National Security Agency (NSA) continue its massively intrusive practice of logging our private phone calls. Congress should pull the plug.

I’m not ignoring all the officials, including President Obama, who swear that the electronic snooping has foiled dozens of terrorist plots and saved untold lives. I’m just listening carefully, and what we’re getting is a lot of doublespeak and precious little clarity.

It’s important to keep in mind that Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who absconded to Hong Kong and started blabbing secrets, has thus far disclosed the existence of two separate clandestine programs. One, known internally as PRISM, involves the international harvesting of e-mails and other electronic communications. The other involves the domestic collection of phone call “metadata” – a vast, pointillist record of our contacts and movements.

To read more click here.

 

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NSA Leader: Government Surveillance Helped Prevent More than 50 Terrorist Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Top security officials said Tuesday they disrupted more than 50 terrorist plots using government surveillance, The New York Times reports.

Trying to fend off fierce criticism about the recent disclosure of government surveillance, national security officers told the House Intelligence Committee that investigators used the private information to prevent terrorist attacks. 

One thwarted attack included a plan to bomb the New York Stock Exchange, and another involved a group of California men convinced of sending money to Islamic extremists in Somalia, The Times reported.

At the rare public oversight hearing, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, head of the NSA, said surveillance provided invaluable information.

“In the 12 years since the attacks on Sept. 11, we have lived in relative safety and security as a nation,” General Alexander said. “That security is a direct result of the intelligence community’s quiet efforts to better connect the dots and learn from the mistakes that permitted those attacks to occur on 9/11.”

Report: At least 27 Accused Terrorists Prosecuted Under Secret Surveillance Law

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

At least 27 accused terrorists were prosecuted since 2007 using evidence obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Reuters reports.

The FISA cases vary from murder to an 18-year-old American trying to join an al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria.

As early as today, the U.S. government plans to disclose how many terrorist attacks were foiled under the NSA program, which is another surveillance tool used by feds.

FISA warrants were created in 1978 after congressional hearings revealed the U.S. was illegally spying on its residents, Reuters wrote.

FISA requires approval from a judge.

NSA to Reveal Number of Terrorism Plots Foiled by Massive Surveillance Program

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hoping to quell criticism of the National Security Agency’s widespread telephone data surveillance programs, federal officials plan to announce Monday the number of terror plot foiled by monitoring, Reuters reports.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced the agency’s plans after NSA Chief General Keith Alexander said dozens of terrorism plots were thwarted.

“There’s more than you think,” Feinstein told reporters of the foiled plots.

Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Mark Udall expressed skepticism.

“We have not yet seen any evidence showing that the NSA’s dragnet collection of Americans’ phone records has produced any uniquely valuable intelligence,” the two said in a statement, according to Reuters.