White House: We’ll Be Dealing with Snowden “Fallout” for Decades

Michael Daniel, the White House Cyber Chief, spoke recently to some Navy Academy midshipmen about the horrible consequences of Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revelations. In Daniel’s own words:

Make no mistake: We are going to be dealing with the fallout from that for all of your careers, and the impact that has had on our national security will reverberate for decades.

You at least have to hand it to the guy—he does have a flair for drama. But what is he talking about? I honestly don’t know. He wasn’t very specific. So he is either blowing smoke (likely), or hiding serious vulnerabilities through dissimulation (unlikely).

Most of what he said doesn’t even make sense. He has apparently spent the greater part of the last year “trying to figure out how to plug the holes that Mr. Snowden revealed that we have in the security of our classified networks.” And that’s bad because…? It seems like Daniel should be thanking Snowden for exposing weaknesses that could have been exploited later, right?

But let’s set all of that aside for a moment. Why is it that the majority of Americans don’t see Snowden as a great menace? Why is it that the majority of Americans see Snowden as a hero rather than a criminal? He exposed practices that we don’t think are good. And we don’t think those practices would have been ended voluntarily. We feel Snowden didn’t really have a choice.

And, honestly, we just don’t trust the civil government to do the right thing. When a spokesperson for the White House says that Snowden did major damage that will take decades to repair, part of me says, “Right on. I hope they never fix it.” Why is that my first reaction? The only thing I can conclude is that the civil government has become our enemy. That’s sad.

6 responses

  1. And America will be dealing with Obama fallout for decades and decades and decades!! In fact, it may NEVER go back to normal. Life as we KNEW it in America is over BECAUSE OF OBAMA.

  2. Slowly the onion is pealed. The consequences of Snowden is minor if it opens the eyes of “the People”.

    I don’t generally support illegal acts committed by anyone but in this case I have a wait and see attitude with gratefulness that someone opened the box so we can all have a glimpse of what’s inside.

    And what’s inside are criminal acts committed by our government done supposedly for our own good.

    • I challenge the notion that anything Snowden did is illegal. That the govt is criminal, however, is beyond dispute.

      • In as much as the property was not his to distribute and the access to the documents were considered secret yes it is and was criminal. Just as criminal as a person that is entrusted with your health documents or your bank dealings chooses to publish them. But note I did say the consequences are minor.

  3. Not only 0 will be the cause of massive problems for decades, but consider the thousands of his minions he has embedded within every agency, and with the unions protecting them, it will be 100 years to return to pre 0.
    0 is no where near smart enough to have put all this together, but soros and club is up to his eye balls in it.

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