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06-11-2013 04:00 PM  5 years agoPost 1
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House Speaker John Boehner today called NSA leaker Edward Snowden a "traitor" who put Americans at risk by releasing classified information to the media.

"He's a traitor," the highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives said in an extensive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. "The disclosure of this information puts Americans at risk. It shows our adversaries what our capabilities are. And it's a giant violation of the law."

Boehner endorsed President Obama's characterization of two programs, which allow the NSA to gather information about phone calls made in the U.S. as well as information on foreign suspects collected from major internet companies, as critical to the government's ability to fight terrorism. He said that there are "clear safeguards" built into the programs to protect Americans.

"The president outlined last week that these were important national security programs to help keep Americans safe, and give us tools to fight the terrorist threat that we face," Boehner said. "The president also outlined that there are appropriate safeguards in place to make sure that there's no snooping, if you will, on Americans here at home."

Snowden, a 29-year-old contractor with the National Security Agency, admitted that he was the source of several leaks of top secret NSA documents to the British paper, The Guardian, and the Washington Post.
After the Guardian printed its first details of the program in which the government requested and received phone records from Verizon customers, Boehner initially called on Obama to explain to the program to the American people.

He now says that he is satisfied with the way the program is being administered.

"There is heavy oversight of this program by the House Intelligence Committee on a bipartisan basis and the Senate Intelligence Committee," Boehner said. "And that's why I feel comfortable that we can operate this program and protect the privacy rights of our citizens."

But when it comes to the Internal Revenue Services' targeting of conservative groups, Boehner was less conciliatory.
He said it was "inconceivable" that Obama could not have known about the targeting, despite the president's claim that he did not know about the outcome of an inspector general audit until the report was released publicly.

"It would be inconceivable in my operation that my staff would know it and I wouldn't," Boehner said. "It just doesn't pass the straight face test. How could - how can your chief of staff - your general counsel know, and you not know?"

He said the White House has "stonewalled" requests for additional information to aid congressional investigators, but he does not believe that the directives to target conservative groups came from "some low-level employees in Cincinnati."

Boehner: Immigration Bill Top House Priority
The House speaker also addressed comprehensive immigration reform, which is currently being debated on the Senate floor but has a more uncertain future in the House.

Boehner said he believes that passing an immigration bill in the House is the most important thing on his agenda this year. He added that he expects Obama to sign a bill by the end of the year.

"I'm hopeful that we'll have a product come out of the committee by the end of June," Bohener said. "I believe that it's important for the House to work its will on this issue. And I would expect that a House bill will be to the right of where the Senate is."

He did not say, however, whether that bill would include a pathway to citizenship for the some 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S., a provision that Obama has said is essential to an immigration bill that he would be willing to sign.

Boehner also expressed concerns that the Senate's bill, which has been largely shepherded through the Senate by a bi-partisan "Gang of Eight," does not do enough to address border security.

"I've got real concerns about the Senate bill," Boehner said. "Especially in the area of border security and internal enforcement of this system, I'm concerned that it doesn't go far enough."

Also on Congress's agenda will be the debate over the need to raise the nation's debt limit, which is expected to be reached sometime this fall.

Boehner indicated that he does not plan to waver from his insistence that an increase in the debt ceiling should be accompanied by corresponding spending cuts and reforms to entitlement programs. The White House has warned that Congress should not bargain with the full faith and credit of the U.S. government.

"What I'm trying to do, George, is to leverage the political process in Washington to produce more change than what it would produce if left to its own devices," Boehner said.

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06-11-2013 04:43 PM  5 years agoPost 2
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I think that leaker should be prosecuted if they can catch him. He did break the law.

But, I also think he is a hero for the American people.

I wish him the best of luck.

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06-11-2013 05:20 PM  5 years agoPost 3
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I don't see him as a hero. He betrayed his oath and good conscience, on a feeling that he didn't like what was happening. I won't question his motives in print, but if he really cared for his country and civil liberties, there were more fruitful and legal ways to sound the alarm within organizations and through his own congressional representatives.

Countries have secrets that must be kept classified for good reason. We are perhaps now less save since he leaked this information.

Never, ever, ever, ever give up.

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06-11-2013 05:27 PM  5 years agoPost 4
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Wonder if they will charge him : With aiding and abiding the Enemy ???

It's a crime to spy or conduct espionage or terrorize against the Home Land Nation or against it. To abide or aid the ENEMY or at WAR condition : to weaken or defeat within - for another cause.

But in this case: He exposed or released information to the Nation - that Owns it - US of A = the Citizen's - For US

- They are being watched - with intention. In sense to actually expose : The ESPIONAGE actually being conducted within the camp : to Remove Liberty and Freedom and all the thing's that go with it -from those that own it. American's - against - American's

But that's only the Privacy Information Drag Net to the Citizen's of the United States ! LIBERTY - How is it being used ????????????

HEck the IRS criminal activity is just as shocking - Use Taxes or the Threat of or the Data base's as a weapon : To Scare the Crap out of them. To bend the Vote or mis -direct it : Like the Benghazi cover up prior to the election.

The Original Program : The original intent - was only to be directed to the Out Side Foreigner - To prevent the ENEMY the Ability TERRORIZE to come inside the camp and BLOW EM UP : Re : BOSTON / 911.

NOT THE CITIZEN - WHO is mining it who can trust them after the OTHER stuff coming out ??

Lot of patriots have died for their Country - Just that it was not their own Country that Hung EM

Sad as Hell -

He may be the 1st George Washington to Step Up ^

Let's hope more Join Arm's : AND STEP UP

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06-11-2013 07:41 PM  5 years agoPost 5
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Never assume there's privacy when online - Internet, Phone, etc.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, US Government.

Collecting data..

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06-11-2013 09:10 PM  5 years agoPost 6
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No their not - It's a secret

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06-12-2013 03:23 AM  5 years agoPost 7
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He broke every thing he was taught not to. Though I am glad he did what he did, he should have found another way to do it. I hope they throw the book at him. He has a clearance for a reason.

No way...
No how...
No amount of money...

Would I EVER compromise my clearance. I am however, quitting my job at the end of this month, moving to Texas, and will NEVER use my clearance again. Good Riddance.

Hope he has fun in Club Fed for the rest of his life...oh, but let's not forgot those that LIED under oath either. They are bigger cowards than he is!

And BTW...

If BOEHNER cry's again, I hope Nancey Pelosi loans him her set....he apparently doesn't have any....

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06-12-2013 03:33 AM  5 years agoPost 8
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Why are we giving this type of work to private civil contractor's ???

He's a Citizen evidently not working under the Fed Blanket

Believe they are saying 180,000 private contractors alone ??
How many in High Security Installation's ??

Just 3 week's ago they jerked 14 or 16 off the base in Fargo : Not sure if they where Airmen or Private's ??

How's That for National Security ??

Let's hope he doesn't work for the Chinese

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