This is an interesting week for the United States of America. Today, intelligence officials are set to testify:
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will all testify before the Senate intelligence committee 24 hours before the [James] Comey hearing.
Representative Devin Nunes is now going to have a closed door session with FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers, as the House Intelligence Committee looks into “topics” that include whether the Obama administration used the guise of “legally authorized top-secret surveillance of foreign targets” to spy on the Trump transition team and spread throughout the government, far and wide, “unmasked” information concerning what the Trump team was doing and to whom they were talking between the November election and Trump’s inauguration.
Today we were treated to a hearing during which General Keith B. Alexander of the National Security Agency (NSA) tried once again to explain to We the People why we shouldn’t be concerned that the NSA stores metadata from all of our phone calls. Also testifying were representatives from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This was basically a propaganda operation combined with a love fest, with much parsing thrown in. During opening statements, we were assured by committee members and witnesses alike that “safeguards” are in place to secure the information. [Would those be the very same safeguards that did not prevent low-level, undereducated “system administrator” Edward Joseph Snowden from copying and disseminating top secret documents to the entire world?]Continue reading →