From this Sunday's Reliable Sources on CNN, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald pushed back at Rep. Mike Rogers' assertions that he "doesn't have a clue" about what really goes on at the NSA and that he somehow did damage to the national security of the United States by publishing his recent articles on the agency's datamining and surveillance programs.
Love him or hate him, I think anyone would be hard pressed to make a convincing argument rebutting the better part of the points he made here with Howard Kurtz and the need for more oversight, transparency and accountability for the way these programs are being conducted.
I also think he was spot on when it comes to the fact that although most Americans may not know much about or be paying attention to what the NSA has been doing, you can't say the same thing about the terrorists.
Anyone who has been plotting attacks against the United States was probably more than well aware already that the United States government was datamining their phone and Internet records. It's not like this is the first time that any information on these programs and the NSA combing through all of our information has been reported on in recent years.
I think we'll all be debating the implications and fallout from Greenwald's reporting and these leaks for some time to come, which is a good thing. I'd be happy if it ended up in the Patriot Act being repealed, but I'm not holding my breath for our members of Congress to act that responsibly any time soon, if ever.
I found this post at TPM interesting, where Josh Marshall brought up "the folly of creating a system that one dissenting or disgruntled employee can so easily upend." He makes a great point about just how secure any system really is if one rogue employee can manage to turn things on their head as we're potentially seeing here.
And as GottaLaff at TPC took note of, Booz Allen, the consulting firm that Edward Snowden was working for, has been pretty much a prime example of the sort of revolving door conflict of interest we've seen between way too many government officials and private contractors and the fact that these contractors "may exert undue or unlawful influence on government."
Full transcript via CNN below the fold.