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Leaks, lies and hypocrisy: the real meaning of Snowden’s revelations

NSA director Gen Keith Alexander.
Keith Alexander

By Alan Bean

Glenn Greenwald reported this morning that NSA Director General, Keith Alexander is now insisting that newspapers must be forced to stop publishing leaks from the likes of Edward Snowden.  Apparently, Mr. Alexander is unfamiliar with the First Amendment.

Greenwald notes that German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, wasn’t perturbed by revelations that the NSA has been spying on millions of German citizens until it was revealed that her own personal communications had been hacked.  How very human of her.

The argument against publishing leaks is predicated on national security concerns.  In short, Leaks make us vulnerable to terrorist attacks.  But the NSA surveillance hasn’t been restricted to terrorists.  According to Greenwald, “Our reporting has revealed spying on conferences designed to negotiate economic agreements, the Organization of American States, oil companies, ministries that oversee mines and energy resources, the democratically elected leaders of allied states, and entire populations in those states.”

In other words, American leaders like President Barack Obama have been hypocritical, arguing that their surveillance activities reflect a dedication to international stability while behaving as if nothing matters beyond American self-interest.   (more…)