Monday, June 24, 2013

Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson — The NSA's metastasised intelligence-industrial complex is ripe for abuse

Where oversight and accountability have failed, Snowden's leaks have opened up a vital public debate on our rights and privacy
The Guardian (UK)
The NSA's metastasised intelligence-industrial complex is ripe for abuse
Valerie Plame Wilson and Ambassador Joe Wilson
(h/t Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism)

Valerie Plame was the CIA agent that Dick Cheney had outed when US Vice President in retaliation for her husband's contradicting then Secretary of State Colin Powell's statements about Iraq's supposed having obtained yellow cake uranium from Nigeria. No one was prosecuted for the actual crime, but Scooter Libby was convicted of perjury for giving false testimony in the investigation. Ironically, Dick Cheney recently called Edward Snowden a traitor.


Joe said...

Aside from Wilson and Plame being narcissistic self-promoters, Plame was as critical to national security as the CIA janitor.
I have personal experience with this. All CIA employees have perfunctory "cover" assigned to them, whether it be government or civilian. That cover being "blown" is practically meaningless for most all of them, since most are purely bureaucratic worker bees.
The reality is that the CIA isnt much different than other federal agencies: it's essentially a welfare institution to the over-educated and under-skilled. They just do a great job hoodwinking the entire world into thinking they know it all.

Bob said...

Cheney and Buffett should be prosecuted for taking the US economy to the woodshed, this is the real danger to the US, moodys lied about triple aaa, and caused a massive credit freeze, and the collapse, all under the vicar Warren the Yukellee playing hitman BUffett. My nephew wants his hand back Mr. Cheney, don't think they will find it in Afghanistan, these are the real traitors and caused real harm to the American people, and not Snowden who only told what Verizon said several years ago. We need to take out the trash.