Tuesday, April 8, 2014

One may try to deny the "Snowden Effect," but NSA FOIA requests have skyrocketed since Snowden revelations

Jason Leopold (Journalist, FOIA Terrorist and truthseeker) writes another piece for Al Jazeera, "NSA Logs reveal flood of Post-Snowden FOIA Requests":

"The National Security Agency (NSA) has been flooded with thousands of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from journalists, civil rights groups and private citizens who have asked the agency to turn over the top-secret records that former contractor Edward Snowden leaked to the media, Al Jazeera can reveal.

In response to an open records request filed in November, the NSA has just released its FOIA logs to Al Jazeera. The hundreds of pages of documents describe post-Snowden requests that have been filed with the agency — on matters from its bandwidth consumption and it sprawling new data center in Utah to metadata records and contracts with Booz Allen Hamilton, Snowden’s former employer."

I know, even the mention of Edward Snowden strikes horror and angst in his detractors still hung up on a false persona created by media moguls and government officials caught diddling the public with their pants unzipped. Too many still buy the lie of it's either right of left or traitor or hero created to divide and deflect......but I digress.

Edward Snowden did the world a service. Until Snowden began releasing information to journalists, the US people had become complacent in their delusion that, once Bush was gone, there would be no more spying or, at least, no reason to discuss it. We could not have been more wrong.

Snowden's revelations forced discussion - discussion that the NSA and the White House (as well as SSCI) really never wanted to have - and gave journalists, activists and human rights organizations a full set of questions to ask. Those questions, in themselves, confront the sense of superiority and separateness inherent in a government that no longer trusts (if it ever did) its own people - It hasn't for decades.

A government that claims transparency while covertly destroying that very thing.

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