So as we know because the diligent Ryan Gallagher of Intercept is reminding me, that the NSA put under surveillance human rights workers even in the sacrosanct Human Rights Watch, and spies on the sacred Al Jazeera, too.
To which I can only say, good! Because HRW meets with violent jihadists and forms coalitions with some of their front groups in the name of combating torture. That may be necessary to defend human rights, but then, they can't cry foul when states legitimately watch them because they are meeting with violent jihadists and those in networks supporting directly violent jihadists. This isn't just a free speech issue. Here's a little twitfight with one of the Intercept "adversarial journalists" (Greenwald's organization funded by Pierre Omidyar).
Quite amazed to learn news orgs that exposed Prism (WaPo/Guardian) apparently still host their email w/ Prism companies (Microsoft/Google).— Ryan Gallagher (@rj_gallagher) July 27, 2014
@rj_gallagher And why not? The NSA targets legitimate suspects, not news people.— CatherineFitzpatrick (@catfitz) July 27, 2014
@catfitz So you started by saying NSA only targets legit suspects not news orgs. Now you're saying news orgs are legit targets. Coherent!— Ryan Gallagher (@rj_gallagher) July 27, 2014
@rj_gallagher Al Jazeera is not a news organization, it's a state propaganda outlet. It cloakes itself in "news org" respectability.— CatherineFitzpatrick (@catfitz) July 27, 2014
@catfitz Some great reporters work for al Jazeera; what you're saying is idiotic. You must be a troll or a moron. Either way, muting. Bye.— Ryan Gallagher (@rj_gallagher) July 27, 2014
I could go into a long discussion about how Al Jazeera takes the side of the Palestinian authorities and Hamas and covers the Israel/Palestine conflict in biased fashion, but why wade through 3,000 of my words? This tweet from a journalist who used to work at Huffpo and now works at AlJazeera, praising a biased person like herself on CNN, says it all:
And there's lots more at all three news agencies where this one came from. To move the slider to say "resistance" -- some kind of legitimate fight back against supposed cruel oppression -- and skirt the glaring issues of Hamas terrorism all these years in so many places, not to mention the suppression of their own people means they are not trustworthy when the speak of "rights of news organizations."
A news organization can't cloak itself in the First Amendment and the Pentagon Papers and Art. 19 endlessly and use it to justify violence and jihad, which is antithetical to other civil and human rights.
So yeah, the NSA gets to look at that. You do not have a case. But wait, what about this latest story where the NSA makes common cause with Saudi Arabia! Isn't that horrible!
I don't see that Intercept or Human Rights Watch or anyone has actually done due diligence to show that the actual US-Saudi Arabia collaboration has actually directly been used to harm the Saudi human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair. Maybe it has, and if so, terrible!
And, sure, that's horrible and our government being compelled to deal with this horror is an awful thing. That the US is forced into this situation because of all the other Arab states supporting terror is of course the backdrop for this situation that Intercept and HRW always conveniently ignore.
Of course, we're very far from the privacy beat for American citizens that Snowden claimed was his original motive and his beat. I have to wonder about the motivation for publishing this document -- and only now. Odd.
Why he has to expose necessary alliances like this to harm national and international security isn't clear, except that...it was never really about privacy. It's always been about using privacy as a cover to wage war on the US state -- and clearly in concert with, and on behalf of, real enemies of the US and freedom in general, such as Russia, China, Iran and others. Pretty despicable stuff.
You don't have to like Saudi Arabia to realize that it's part of a strategy in containing Assad in Syria and more.
So why this publication, at this time, when Russia is waging war on the US which has rightfully found it guilty of MH17?