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Title: Top NSA and DOJ Officials Have Fled the U.S. - Obama Admin. Files Espionage Charges
Source: daily kos
URL Source: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/ ... -Admin-Files-Espionage-Charges
Published: Jul 18, 2013
Author: David Harris Gershon
Post Date: 2013-07-18 18:34:42 by titorite
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In a stunning development, Deputy Director of the NSA, John Inglis, along with Assistant Attorney General, James Cole, have fled the United States after their participation in a contentious congressional meeting on Capitol Hill. In that meeting, both Inglis and Cole revealed that the depth of NSA spying far surpassed anything that whistleblower Edward Snowden has made public to date. The unauthorized leaks to Congress by Inglis and Cole, which exposed more about NSA spying than anything Snowden has revealed, shook congressional leaders to their core.

The National Security Agency revealed to an angry congressional panel on Wednesday that its analysis of phone records and online behavior goes exponentially beyond what it had previously disclosed. [...] John C Inglis, the deputy director of the surveillance agency, told a member of the House judiciary committee that NSA analysts can perform "a second or third hop query" through its collections of telephone data and internet records in order to find connections to terrorist organizations. "Hops" refers to a technical term indicating connections between people. A three-hop query means that the NSA can look at data not only from a suspected terrorist, but from everyone that suspect communicated with, and then from everyone those people communicated with, and then from everyone all of those people communicated with.

The Obama administration, blindsided by the leaks, immediately announced that the two would be charged under The Espionage Act, and declared them enemies of the state. Eric Holder, in a hastily convened press conference, admitted that the two had fled the United States on private jets immediately after the hearing, and that their whereabouts where unknown. He was, however, confident that the U.S. would bring them to justice.

“The national security of the United States has been damaged by those leaks. The safety of the American people and safety of people in allied nations is at risk." [...] “I am confident that the people who are responsible will be held accountable.”

Rumors are that the two senior intelligence officials have fled to Venezuela, where like Snowden, it is anticipated they will seek asylum. However, much speculation is swirling at this stage regarding their location and fate. While President Obama, in a short session before reporters, said, "We won't be scrambling any jets to catch these middle-aged leakers," diplomatic channels were already furiously at work, trying to close off all international airspace. Updates on this story as details emerge will appear below the break.

Updates (EST):

11:01 pm - It has been confirmed by multiple sources that Inglis and Cole have fled to Hong Kong.

Despite this revelation, mainstream media is fawning over news that Cole's wife was once a hand model for Palmolive.

10:24 pm - CNN is reporting, per an anonymous government source, that Inglis and Cole intentionally took their respective posts at the NSA and DOJ in order to leak surveillance information to Congress.

"They engaged in a decades-long, career-building venture just for today's leak," the source said.

9:57 pm - MSNBC pundit Melissa Harris-Perry has called for Inglis and Cole to return to the States and face the consequences of their actions, apparently already tired of talking about the two whistleblowers.

"So come on home, John and James, so we could talk about, you know, something else," Harris-Perry said.

9:42 pm - As the world searches for two of the nation's top intelligence officials, President Obama referred to them as "hackers" in a brief media appearance, attempting to recast the Deputy Director of the NSA and Assistant Attorney General as basement-dwelling, Ramen-noodle-eating cyber thieves who were never employed by the U.S. government or affiliated contractors.

9:16 pm - David Gregory has asked this evening whether congressional leaders, who asked the questions that led to Inglis and Cole's whistle-blowing, should be arrested.

"It was just a question," Gregory Tweeted after coming under fire for suggesting U.S. legislators be jailed for doing their jobs. "I was just echoing what others were wondering."

9:03 pm - After rumours began swirling that Inglis and Cole were aboard a plane with the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, several European nations closed off their airspace and forced Nazarbayev's twin-engine aircraft to land in a field in Lithuania.

"We have not been this humiliated since that Jew Borat's movie!" screamed Nazarbayev after Lithuanian officials announced Inglis and Cole were not aboard the president's plane.

8:42 pm - Wikileaks has Tweeted that it has been in touch with Inglis and Cole, though refused to reveal their location or whether or not the organization is helping the two asylum seekers.

8:24 pm - A furious Venezuela has denied that intelligence officials are in the country. "The airspace around Latin America is closed. Nobody can get in or out!" Subscribe to *Lendman*

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#1. To: All (#0) (Edited)

Civil war is not about race. It is about how far your government is listening/abusing.

Because snowden said all things are monitered... your phone. your cell. your IP connection all things.

For the deputy director of the NSA and AAG to come out and say no it is bigger then that...

Contemplate that.

How could it be any bigger?

Are our heat signatures being monitered from space? Are they listening to our thoughts? Just how in the hell could the survalence state be any bigger than what snowden said because he made it out to sound as though everything wired on earth is monitored.

And if they are listening to our thoughts.... can they speak to our thoughts as well?

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Suspect all media / resist bad propaganda/Learn NLP everyday everyway ;) (It's a more positive message)

titorite  posted on  2013-07-18   18:38:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: titorite (#0)

Don't know about DOJ officials, but NSA high rankers do not get to leave the country without being accompanied by federal bodyguards and minders, just in case.

Normally, the current travels of NSA and CIA bigshots are considered a top secret. Whoever blabbed that they were in Hong Kong may have been committing a very serious felony.

Shoonra  posted on  2013-07-18   18:40:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Shoonra, all (#2)

Note the irony of the first responder.

Murdoch don't call it a jewish owned media for nothing.

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Suspect all media / resist bad propaganda/Learn NLP everyday everyway ;) (It's a more positive message)

titorite  posted on  2013-07-18   18:41:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: titorite, 4um (#0)

This is satire.

This Fire Alarm Button is a kind of specialism conflagration set used for artificial start in the system of self-motion conflageration.

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2013-07-18   19:18:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: titorite (#0)

Top NSA and DOJ Officials Have Fled the U.S. - Obama Admin. Files Espionage

If this is satire it should be labeled as such.

All links from the original story go to information on/about Snowden.

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frederic Bastiat

Southern Style  posted on  2013-07-18   19:25:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Southern Style (#5)

In Kossackville, this piece is called a "snark" according to some of the kossack reader responses. Yeah, they think they are oh so clever.

www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=snark

scrapper2  posted on  2013-07-18   20:19:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: scrapper2 (#6)

In Kossackville, this piece is called a "snark" according to some of the kossack reader responses.

So, what is the point?

This Fire Alarm Button is a kind of specialism conflagration set used for artificial start in the system of self-motion conflageration.

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2013-07-18   20:58:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Esso (#7)

So, what is the point?

I'm not a kossack.

So I'll guess that snarks are an "in joke" of sarcasm.

Who knows?

Maybe even the kossacks are sick and tired of the B.S. pulled by Saint Holder and Jesus Bammy.

Some of them are not strict doctrinaires and have brains...unlike the nesters...tweet, tweet.

scrapper2  posted on  2013-07-19   0:08:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Esso (#4)

so I got fooled...

I even double checked and thought it was legit.. but your right... I was hosed.

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Suspect all media / resist bad propaganda/Learn NLP everyday everyway ;) (It's a more positive message)

titorite  posted on  2013-07-19   3:30:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: titorite (#9)

so I got fooled...

Don't feel too bad, this was a tough one. The "tell" for me came about in the third paragraph when I found myself thinking "Good, it's about time someone turned against that sonofabitch."

At that point, I knew it was too good to be true. Further on, some of those "updates" were way over-the-top. There were almost no clues at the source. I didn't read the comments or pursue it much further.

This Fire Alarm Button is a kind of specialism conflagration set used for artificial start in the system of self-motion conflageration.

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2013-07-19   6:31:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: titorite, Esso, all (#9)

Well, we can dream that someday soon this will be reality...

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2013-07-19   7:52:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Lod (#11)

Well, we can dream that someday soon this will be reality...

Meanwhile the nightmare marches on...

WTI Tops $109; Surges Above Brent For First Time In 3 Years

For the first time since QE2 was announced (August 2010), the price of WTI Crude oil is now more expensive that Brent crude. The Brent-WTI spread has collapsed from over $23 in Feb 2013 and is now negative and notably below the long-run average level of around $0.98. At $109, WTI is the highest since March 2012. Gas prices - at the pump - continue to rise significantly reaching the year's highs, but given the lag to production, are set to reach well over $4.00 per gallon on average.

This Fire Alarm Button is a kind of specialism conflagration set used for artificial start in the system of self-motion conflageration.

Godfrey Smith: Mike, I wouldn't worry. Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
My Man Godfrey (1936)

Esso  posted on  2013-07-19   8:37:51 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: Esso, 4 (#12)

Meanwhile the nightmare marches on...

Yep, and Detroit officially declared bankruptcy according to an AM blurb today.

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” ~ H. L. Mencken

Lod  posted on  2013-07-19   8:46:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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