See Something, Say Something

I do not agree with what Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden did. Manning did not just expose some cover up of an incident, he released tens of thousands of documents the contents of which could have an adverse effect on our national security. He apparently had a meltdown over his gender identity issues and, in a snit, released lots of stuff. There were other avenues for him to reveal the cover up but he chose an incorrect one. Some hail him as a hero but he is not.

In addition to exposing the illegal spying by our government, Snowden took untold numbers of documents and his actions could damage our security. There were plenty of ways he could have gotten the spying information out that would not have landed him in hot water. He chose an incorrect one and while his actions have enlightened millions of Americans the issue will be more about him than the wrong he exposed.

The interesting thing in both of these cases is that, while what they did was wrong, they both followed the instructions of Homeland Security. For years now the DHS has been telling us that if we see something we should say something. These people, as misguided as their methods were, saw something and said something.

Unfortunately for them they saw something the government was doing or had done and said something about it. Big government does not like its misdeeds exposed. It only likes when we are reporting each other TO them. Being reported for their wrong doing enrages them and results in criminal charges.

I personally think that these two broke the law and should be punished BUT I admit that they had valid concerns and could have exposed the wrong doing legally. They would have had more credibility and would have avoided trouble.

In any event, they were doing as DHS instructed them.

I wonder if DHS thought their see something, say something campaign would come back to bite them…

No matter what, things are wrapping up for Manning but the Snowden saga is just beginning. Regardless of the outcome we are much more aware of government wrong doing because of him.

I just wish he had done it the right way.

Cave canem!
Never surrender, never submit.
Big Dog

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4 Responses to “See Something, Say Something”

  1. “I just wish he had done it the right way.”

    And which is the “right” way? Manning tried it the “right” way and was ordered to be silent. As for the bulk of the wikileaks revelations, the ones embarrassing to the regime only tend to reveal the pettiness of such political operatives as Hillary the harridan and her colleagues. I found some of the most amusing exchanges to be Hillary’s order to the US embassy in Buenos Aires to dig up dirt on president Cristina Fernandez Kirchner. This is the stuff of “national security”? Snowden’s data simply reveals the extent of our ruler’s crimes. Meanwhile, Assange is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid rendition to the US via Sweden for the “crime” of a groupie date gone bad.

    It has yet to be demonstrated that any of the published leaks have negatively impacted “national security”. Political and bureaucratic job security yes; national security, no! We all know that classification of data has long been the favored tool to hide bureaucratic and political screw-ups.

    The oaths I took as a member of both the military and law enforcement were to protect and defend “the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC”. The recent actions of our imperial rulers in ignoring and violating the black letter of that document reveal them to be such enemies.

    As for the “official media” background on these hapless whistelblowers, watch this

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    • Big Dog says:

      I took the same oath. Regardless of what their motive was they went about it wrong. It matters not what was demonstrated because some things will not be released. Manning had a gay crisis and snit and released a lot of things. There are proper avenues that are available. I have yet to see where Manning followed one

  2. Pogo says:

    Big Dog,

    Here are the words of our very good friend Chuckie “gun grabber” Schumer:

    “And you know, Snowden — look, let’s look at Snowden here. You know, some might try to say that, oh, he’s a great human rights crusader. He is not at all like the great human rights crusaders in the past, the Martin Luther Kings or the Gandhis who did civil disobedience because he — first, he flees the country. A Daniel Elsburg, when he released the Pentagon Papers because he thought it was the right thing to do, stayed in America and faced the consequences.

    But second, he’s hurt other people. You know, a Gandhi or a Martin Luther King didn’t hurt other people as they did their resistance, and they faced the consequence” (How did that work out for Ghandi and MLK?)

    Which “other people” has Snowden hurt? U.S. government officials. He has exposed the hypocrisy and mendacity of Obama. Obama is never going to get out from under this shadow. Snowden has blown Obama’s credibility in the liberal community, to the extent that Obama had any credibility left. Obama has come down on the side of the NSA. Obama is a snooper.

    The head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, said he did not know why it failed to prevent Snowden leaving Hawaii for Hong Kong with the secrets:

    “We are now putting in place actions that would give us the ability to track our system administrators, what they’re doing, what they’re taking, a two-man rule,” he told ABC’s “This Week.” “We’ve changed the passwords. But at the end of the day, we have to trust that our people are going to do the right thing.”

    I think some of them will do the right thing. They are going to leak stories. They may have to do it surreptitiously through Snowden, but they will do it and the US “National Security” state will continue to be revealed as the fascist Keystone Kops that they are.

    We have met the enemy and he is us!

  3. Blake says:

    The time is coming that progressives like Soros and Pelosi need .45 cal. cerebral infusions to stem their rabid instincts.
    BTW- is it possible that Progressive Insurance (owned by Soros) could use their “snapshot” to track your every move and possibly other things?
    Remember, sometimes you can’t be paranoid enough-