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    Damn, @DavidGregory makes @GGreenwald look good

    Damn, @DavidGregory makes @GGreenwald look good

    Glenn Greenwald appeared on Meet The Press this morning.

    The interview is garnering headlines, mostly for David Gregory’s suggestion that Greenwald is not a real journalist and question as to why Greenwald should not be prosecuted.

    Not being prosecuted, of course, is something David Gregory knows a lot about.

    Here’s the first part of the interview:

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    The McClatchy story referenced by Greenwald reveals the complete paranoia of the Obama administration about secrecy not only as to “secret” but as to just about everything, Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S.:

    Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans’ phone records, the Obama administration was pressing a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions.

    President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments. It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of “insider threat” give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct.

    Government documents reviewed by McClatchy illustrate how some agencies are using that latitude to pursue unauthorized disclosures of any information, not just classified material. They also show how millions of federal employees and contractors must watch for “high-risk persons or behaviors” among co-workers and could face penalties, including criminal charges, for failing to report them. Leaks to the media are equated with espionage.

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    Ragspierre | June 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    “Not being prosecuted, of course, is something David Gregory knows a lot about.”

    SaaaaNAP, ba-zing, ka-POWIE…

    That one was one for the “best of” file, Prof…!!!!


     
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    Henry Hawkins | June 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Not a federal employee but I hold a federal contract, and you are ALL on report.


     
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    Trapped in Davis | June 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    ” They also show how millions of federal employees and contractors must watch for “high-risk persons or behaviors” among co-workers and could face penalties, including criminal charges, for failing to report them.”

    Define “high-risk persons or behaviors”. I’m sure that would include visiting this site or associating with people who do. This is great! I can report my progressive friends and family for associating with me!


     
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    Awing1 | June 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    And it’s really really hard to make Greenwald look good. I’ve never been a fan of his, and I’m not thrilled with the way he’s played the whole Edward Snowden thing (leaking documents out of context, then leaking the context weeks later), but unless he sought out Snowden and convinced him to leak the documents, Greenwald should not be prosecuted. Snowden made the choice to give up his First Amendment rights as to information he learned in the performance of his duties, but Greenwald did not.

    Firearms laws, on the other hand, are a burden we all must share. If you don’t think the Second Amendment protects my right to a certain product, it sure doesn’t protect Gregory’s.

    Gregory is part of the protected class. A “useful idiot” of the former communists regimes- think Walter Duranty of the NYTimes during Stalin’s reign.

    This time around he represents the useful idiot of the Progressive Left. Here he says its legal because the government says its legal and doesn’t even blink. Doesn’t question the fact that the FISA court rejects only a small percentage of the requests. That FISA has complained to the government and that complaint is being held secret by the current DOJ.

    That the effort of huge sweeps is “lazy policing” by the government. It is harder but more efficient to chase the bad guy from say Yemen here rather than grab up all the historical data here and sift through it.

    Stupid and lazy, but the natural effort of a government without restraint.


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