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  •  It's been a long time (4+ / 0-)

    since I left the NSA, but I know the culture.  A real horror has occurred.  There's always been a faction within the agency that was quasi-fascist/police state lovers, who thrilled at the capabilities of No Such Agency for domestic surveillance and control.  For most of the institution's history, with certain deviations, the intel professionals in NSA have kept it grounded and focused on securing high-quality intelligence on overseas military and related activities and capabilities.  

    However, clearly a Rubicon has been passed.  Rammed through the Agency, with the power of the political establishment, has been an agenda dear to the hearts of the police-state faction within the NSA.  They've brought "the raygun 'round" to quote a song from the 70s.  In order for the current [policy to be adopted, a brutal internal battle had to be fought, in which the police-state faction prevailed over the intelligence professionals.  I'm sure a careful review of the record will show a slew of retirements of NSA ops of my generation at the outset of this program, along with short-term reassignments of other senior personnel so they can get to their 20 and 30 year retirement dates.

    This leaves the younger ops who supported the professionals in the lurch.  No cover, nowhere to go, stuck being the executors of a policy they loathe.  These younger ops become the leakers, there's no other recourse available to them due to the total political and military triumph of the US Police State.  These ARE your Snowdens, your Mannings, if I was 35 years younger your AGs.  

    The people that the police state pom-pom crowd hereabouts vilifies as traitors, and screams for their blood, death sentences to these Anti-State Wreckers, in the words of  Vyshinsky, Yagoda, and Yezhov, are fighting a losing rear-guard battle against authoritarianism.   Although there's a good object lesson in the fate of Yagoda that I encourage the "Spy on us please 24-7-365, Kill the Traitors!" crowd might want to look up.  For your intellectual ease, here's a link to Yagoda.  If you've never heard of Yagoda, so much the better to learn from objectively.

    Clap On, Clap Off, The Clapper!

    by ActivistGuy on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 09:58:52 AM PDT

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