Truth missing in Snowden case
The split over whether Snowden is a traitor or a patriot reveals total lack of information by the public about the truth. The Armed Force Security Agency (AFSA) staffed by both civilians and military from the Army Security Agency and Naval Security Group became the National Security Agency in 1948. During the early years many former experienced military personnel were recruited by NSA to meet their expansion growth needs. The task or mission was to monitor foreign communications and those communications to or from the USA by specific foreign sites or areas. This staff contained the cream of our intellectual nation in the field of cryptology. The majority of Congress knew their mission with specific sub committees routinely briefed on current status of intelligence collection. During the subsequent 60-odd years these individuals like me eventually retired and were replaced by personnel lacking this potential hands-on experience. My experience with management in the civilian world reveal they try not recruit or hire personnel whom may be smarter than they.
Now we have the current administration, politicians and our media screaming that it is necessary to monitor/collect data on all communications in order to protect us against terrorists. Apparently the personnel in NSA are either too lazy or incompetent to distinguish communication links from appropriate foreign geographic areas such as Middle East and friendly South American countries. Most of the NSA personnel prior to 2000 knew monitoring communications between U.S. citizens within our borders was against the law and our Constitution. This administration has repeatedly demonstrated a total disregard to the Constitution since taking office. My concern is the administration may have deliberately used resources of NSA along with the IRS and DOJ to conceal their adverse activity or applied against those whom oppose their agenda.
I recall Bernard F. Mitchell was without question a traitor when he defected from NSA to Russia in 1960s. Yet, I am a mixed bag of hero and traitor for Snowden simply because now they are forced to defend and justify their current activity to the American public. The depth of intelligence methods and techniques claimed revealed by Snowden either lack knowledge about the highly complex compartmentation of intelligence methods and techniques or simply trying to overlook factual reality.
William R. Hadley