MI5 CHIEF CONDEMNS THE GUARDIAN FOR PUBLISHING SNOWDEN LEAKED FILES – MI5 Director-General Andrew Parker yesterday condemned The Guardian newspaper for publishing the vast amount of stolen top-secret documents obtained by Edward Snowden; claiming that is was nothing short of a ‘gift wrapped’ book that would aid international terrorism in avoiding detection.
Andrew Parker went on to say that the leaking and publication of confidential files has caused irrevocable harm to the capabilities of Britain’s intelligence services and placing lives at risk. More on this story – Daily Mail
Left: NSA Analyst Edward Snowden | Right: MI5 Director-General Andrew Parker
In Whitehall security chiefs took it a step further and denounced The Guardian’s decision to publish the documents as causing the greatest damage to Western security in history.
According to Andrew Parker there are thousands of Islamic extremists living in the UK who see the British public as a legitimate target and that the leaked and published documents have resulted in greater levels of terrorist related activity like never experience before by MI5.
Was Edward Snowden right to expose the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Prism system and was The Guardian right for publishing the documents it received from Edward Snowden.
There are a number of facets to consider here which makes the leaking of these documents highly contentious.
Governments Spying on Citizens
According to the initial reports Edward Snowden was alarmed at the level and indeed how the NSA was spying on ordinary citizens.
In light of what he uncovered he then stole highly sensitive NSA data and fled to Hong Kong and then to Russia.
It was during this time that he leaked a number of highly sensitive documents to WikiLeaks.org and went public with his version of events with the help of the Guardian.
At the time there was enormous public support for Edward Snowden as the they were fed information on how the U.S Security Services were hunting him down; Snowden reported that he feared for his life and told members of the press that it was possible that the U.S Security Services would assassinate him given the opportunity.
Public sentiment raged over the exposure that the NSA and other Western security services were spying on its citizens and therefore lent it support to Edward Snowden – he was seen as a hero for exposing the dirty truth that our liberty was in peril from our so-called democratic Government.
Government Response on Spying
The U.S and British Government quickly came out to justify their position; the key words used in vilifying Edward Snowden were ‘Traitor’, ‘Terrorism’ and ‘Safety’.
Yes this was all about keeping us safe from the clutches of primarily Islamic terrorist and the ruse was to make us fearful enough in order to submit to the realisation that spying, even on its own citizens, was acceptable in order to keep us safe and that any opposition opposing such intelligence was nothing less than an act of treason.
Being a Patriot
We all like to moan and berate our Governments, most often not on a daily basis. The issue with Government is that of lying and the public feels that it is never truly given all the facts but rather a liberally sugar-coated version of them in order to keep us ignorant as to what Government officials are really up to.
Our countries are like our children; we deeply love them even if there are times we want to disown them.
Yes patriotism runs deep within our physic of indoctrination and few will ever consider breaking through the comfort bubble in order to stand back and examine the society which has been created by those who control.
Is Edward Snowden a Patriot or a Traitor?
This really depends whether you are inside or outside the bubble of patriotism. There are those who feel that the NSA and MI5 have a valid point in that anyone releasing sensitive data achieves nothing other than allowing terrorists an insight to the inner workings of the intelligence services; therefore giving them a clear advantage.
Nobody, regardless how noble they think their cause is, in this case of revealing the spying of citizens, should be allow to expose sensitive national intelligence as this can only result in the loss of life – notably from acts of terrorism.
For those outside the bubble the argument focuses on freedom and liberty. How free can a democratic society be if their Government’s are monitoring their every move?
With the introduction of Homeland Security and the Patriot Act many feel that their freedom and liberty has been stripped away and this has been achieved by the Government who have carefully orchestrated a campaign of fear in order to keep us compliant.
Resolution of Trust
For a Government and its national security to keep us safe we must resolve the issues of trust but that’s where the real issues being.
Our Government’s will tell us that they cannot divulge information as this would put us at risk. This leaves the public being suspicious and skeptical of their motives.
The public has been here before; the Iraqi War was orchestrated on lies from the intelligence services in order to crate sufficient fear that would give public support to the incursion.
The truth is that there appears to be little truth told and in turn this has provided public support for Edward Snowden and his actions – you see the people feel that anything covert is nothing more than a sinister plot to control us.
It’s all a Conspiracy
Note that the Director-General of MI5, Andrew Parker, announced that there are literally thousands of known terrorists in the UK who see us as ‘legitimate’ targets.
The conspiracy theory here is that if the intelligence agencies are aware of these people then why are they allowed to reside in the UK and carry out terrorist plots against us?
Yes most terrorist plots are foiled by the security services but there are always a few that manage to get past them and as a result cause devastation and a heavy loss of innocent life.
It might be argued that this is simply a sinister plot by our Government in order to keep us fearful enough in order to justify their covert operations – even if that means spying on its citizens.
There appears to be unanswered questions such as; if the intelligence services knows who these terrorists are why are they not hunted down and taken out? If the intelligence services know which foreign nationals are crossing our borders with the intent of carrying out acts of terrorism, why are they not stopped from entering?
The answer may lay in our indoctrination of racism and bigotry – that is we simply cannot go hunting ethnic groups regardless of their activities because this would simply make us racists and bigots; that’s far worse than any act of terrorism for any erosion of this belief could bring our society crumbling down upon us.
I’ve heard theories that it is our Government’s who orchestrate acts of terrorism on the orders of the Bilderberg Group, and again these are carried out in order to maintain a level of fear that allows them to control us.
How can I conclude this article? There doesn’t appear to be any answer. Yes we could theorise all day long that it is essential for Government’s to keep certain intelligence secure in order to protect the people however it could just as easily be justified that such intelligence is simply a way to keep us fearful and therefore under control.
As long as terrorism exists there will be a need for covert intelligence and whether this information should be released to the public is highly debatable; on the one hand we feel we have the right to know what information our Government’s are collecting on us whilst on the other the release of such information could compromise national security and therefore public safety.