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Snowden’s Ride, Part 5: Update on The Underground Reich and U.S. Internet, Media Business

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COMMENT: We’ve cov­ered Eddie “The Friend­ly Spook” Snow­den’s exploits in numer­ous pre­vi­ous posts: Part I [2]Part II [3]Part III [4]Part IV [5]Part V [6]Part VI [7]Part VII [8], Part VIII [9]Part IX [10]Part X [11], Part XI [12].) Users of this web­site are emphat­i­cal­ly encour­aged to exam­ine these posts in detail, as it is impos­si­ble to do jus­tice to the argu­ments in those arti­cles in the scope of this post. 

(We will sum up and ana­lyze some of the key aspects of this bur­geon­ing line of inquiry in a future arti­cle.)

This post is direct­ly sup­ple­men­tal to the pre­vi­ous arti­cle, so we will begin by quot­ing direct­ly from the first part of this pre­sen­ta­tion.

“Suf­fice it to say, for our pur­pos­es here, that Snow­den’s activ­i­ties are–quite obviously–an intel­li­gence oper­a­tion direct­ed at Barack Oba­ma’s admin­is­tra­tion at one lev­el and the Unit­ed States and U.K. at anoth­er.

We note that the indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions involved with Snow­den, as well as Fast Eddie him­self, track back to the far right and ele­ments and indi­vid­u­als involved with the Under­ground Reich. [13] Again, PLEASE exam­ine the pre­vi­ous posts on the sub­ject, as there is no way to flesh out this line of inquiry in this post. 

We have not­ed that Fast Eddie may be dou­bling for BND or some oth­er ele­ment of Ger­man intel­li­gence, pos­si­bly hav­ing been recruit­ed when post­ed by CIA to Gene­va, Switzer­land. Snow­den may also be act­ing at the instruc­tion of ele­ments in U.S.–perhaps Michael Mor­rell, per­haps an Under­ground Reich fac­tion of NSA, per­haps ele­ments from the Peter Thiel milieu. 

A pos­si­bil­i­ty that bears exam­i­na­tion in the con­text of Ger­man and/or Under­ground Reich eco­nom­ic war­fare against the U.S. involves L’Af­faire Snow­den as a gam­bit to under­mine Amer­i­can inter­net dom­i­nance.”

In this regard we note that a Forbes arti­cle [14] says that Snow­den’s ride is indeed bad for U.S. inter­net busi­ness. (See text excerpt below.)

Com­ments by Neel­ie Kroes, Vice Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, augur poor­ly for U.S. inter­net com­pa­nies. (See text excerpt below.)

In a clar­i­fi­ca­tion [15] of infor­ma­tion pre­sent­ed in a Reuters sto­ry about Snow­den by his “leak­ing jour­nal­ist” of choice, Glenn Green­wald, Snow­den stat­ed that his pur­pose was to alert peo­ple that the soft­ware they are using is also spy­ing on them. (See text excerpt below.)

Saint Edward’s pro­fes­sions of con­cern for the well-being of Mr. and Ms. Every­man can­not be tak­en at face val­ue. Snow­den is a fas­cist and cyn­ic [7] of the first order. His Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of choice in 2012 was Ron Paul [16].

He is NOT doing this for altru­is­tic rea­sons. He does­n’t have an altru­is­tic bone in his body.

Snow­den DOES have some seri­ous nerve, how­ev­er. Snow­den has com­pared him­self to some­one act­ing in accor­dance with the Nurem­berg statutes, com­par­ing the NSA sur­veil­lance pro­gram to Nazi geno­cide. Aside from the obvi­ous absur­di­ty of this claim, it is grotesque for some­one who sup­port­ed a Nazi (Ron Paul) [17] for Pres­i­dent to be hold­ing forth in this man­ner.

Such his­tor­i­cal revi­sion­ism also plays to the advan­tage of Ger­many [18].

Not inci­den­tal­ly, Snow­den’s Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of choice–Ron Paul–has opined that we were on the wrong side in World War II. (See text excerpt below.)

Snow­den’s part­ners in the WikiLeaks/Pirate Bay/Pirate Par­ty milieu are birds of the same feath­er, with Julian Assange’s Holo­caust-deny­ing crony Joran Jer­mas (aka “Israel Shamir”) hav­ing guid­ed Wik­iLeaks to the PRQ servers fund­ed by fas­cist mon­ey­bags Carl Lund­strom. Like Paul and Jer­mas, Lund­strom is part of a polit­i­cal milieu that includes David Duke.

In a spec­u­la­tive note, it is inter­est­ing and pos­si­bly sig­nif­i­cant that Glenn Green­wald start­ed a law firm [19] that rep­re­sent­ed neo-Nazis [20]. (See text excerpts below.)

In our next post on the sub­ject, we will review and rumi­nate about this com­plex, vital­ly impor­tant inquiry. 

In com­ments to this post,  Spit­firelist con­trib­u­tor “Pter­rafractyl” has not­ed some impor­tant points:

“How The Snow­den Leaks And NSA Sur­veil­lance Are Bad For Busi­ness” by Dave Thi­er; Forbes; 7/9/2013. [14]

EXCERPT: Red­dit gen­er­al man­ag­er Erik Mar­tin noticed some­thing strange when he was at a con­fer­ence in Latvia last month. There was a con­test held, with a prize of one year’s free web-host­ing for a small busi­ness — a decent val­ue, a fair­ly nor­mal prize. But when it came time to award it, nobody in the audi­ence want­ed it. It was from a U.S.-based com­pa­ny, and this was just days after Edward Snowden’s land­mark leaks about the NSA’s PRISM pro­gram hit the press. With that hang­ing over them, peo­ple at the con­fer­ence would have pre­ferred to go with a dif­fer­ent coun­try.

There’s a gen­er­al sense of unease about the U.S. government’s rela­tion­ship to the inter­net right now, and it’s start­ing to affect how inter­na­tion­al con­sumers choose their web ser­vices. I talked with Chris­t­ian Daw­son, head of host­ing com­pa­ny Servint and co-founder of the Inter­net Infra­struc­ture Coali­tion, a group found­ed to inform the pub­lic and law­mak­ers about, as he puts it, how the inter­net works. He says that while it’s hard to put togeth­er any true sta­tis­tics at this point, he’s heard a lot of anec­do­tal data about U.S.-based host­ing and oth­er web ser­vice com­pa­nies los­ing busi­ness to over­seas com­peti­tors since the Snow­den leaks.

“We have a great fear that we are going to see a big exo­dus for US-based busi­ness­es over the infor­ma­tion that’s been leaked,in part because there’s this tremen­dous lack of trans­paren­cy, and lack of trans­paren­cy is the absolute worst thing for these sit­u­a­tions,” he says. “We’re com­pet­ing on a glob­al scale, and if peo­ple don’t have a rea­son to trust the host they’re using, they can go else­where in just a cou­ple of clicks.”

Daw­son stress­es that the prob­lem isn’t just with the pro­gram itself. He has lit­tle com­ment on what the gov­ern­ment should or should not be doing to pro­tect the coun­try from ter­ror­ism. His prob­lem is with the lack of open dis­cus­sion sur­round­ing these efforts. The U.S. may not have the most restric­tive or the most repres­sive poli­cies sur­round­ing inter­net sur­veil­lance, but U.S. news is big news all over the world. Accord­ing to Daw­son, fear of the Patri­ot Act had already been dog­ging U.S. host­ing com­pa­nies for years, and the Snow­den leaks just added fuel to the fire. In a glob­al mar­ket as flu­id as some­thing like web host­ing, a lot of con­sumers would just as soon pre­fer to take their busi­ness else­where.

“The lack of clear, intel­li­gent lan­guage has put us at a tremen­dous mar­ket­ing dis­ad­van­tage,” he says. “These days, we’re find­ing that sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of our clien­tele val­ues pri­va­cy. It is not sim­ply the cus­tomer who has something­ to hide.” . . .

“Edward Snow­den’s not the Sto­ry. The Fate of the Inter­net Is” by John Naughton; The Guardian; 7/27/2013. [30]

EXCERPT: . . . .But the Snow­den rev­e­la­tions also have impli­ca­tions for you and me.

They tell us, for exam­ple, that no US-based inter­net com­pa­ny can be trust­ed to pro­tect our pri­va­cy or data. The fact is that Google, Face­book, Yahoo, Ama­zon, Apple and Microsoft are all inte­gral com­po­nents of the US cyber-sur­veil­lance sys­tem. Noth­ing, but noth­ing, that is stored in their “cloud” ser­vices can be guar­an­teed to be safe from sur­veil­lance or from illic­it down­load­ing by employ­ees of the con­sul­tan­cies employed by the NSA. That means that if you’re think­ing of out­sourc­ing your trou­ble­some IT oper­a­tions to, say, Google or Microsoft, then think again.

And if you think that that sounds like the para­noid fan­ta­sis­ing of a news­pa­per colum­nist, then con­sid­er what Neel­ie Kroes, vice-pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, had to say on the mat­ter recent­ly. “If busi­ness­es or gov­ern­ments think they might be spied on,” she said, “they will have less rea­son to trust the cloud, and it will be cloud providers who ulti­mate­ly miss out. Why would you pay some­one else to hold your com­mer­cial or oth­er secrets, if you sus­pect or know they are being shared against your wish­es? Front or back door – it does­n’t mat­ter – any smart per­son does­n’t want the infor­ma­tion shared at all. Cus­tomers will act ratio­nal­ly and providers will miss out on a great oppor­tu­ni­ty.” . . .

“About the Reuters Arti­cle” by Glenn Green­wald; The Guardian; 7/13/2013. [15]

EXCERPT: . . . .A: Snow­den has enough infor­ma­tion to cause more dam­age to the US gov­ern­ment in a minute alone than any­one else has ever had in the his­to­ry of the Unit­ed States. But that’s not his goal. [His] objec­tive is to expose soft­ware that peo­ple around the world use with­out know­ing what they are expos­ing them­selves with­out con­scious­ly agree­ing to sur­ren­der their rights to pri­va­cy. [He] has a huge num­ber of doc­u­ments that would be very harm­ful to the US gov­ern­ment if they were made pub­lic. . . .

“Snowden’s New Talk­ing Point: Nazi War Crimes Tri­al” by Michael Crow­ley; Swampland.time.com; 7/13/2013. [31]

EXCERPT: Along the way, Snow­den framed his sit­u­a­tion in strik­ing new terms, cit­ing the 1945–1946 Nurem­berg tri­als that con­vict­ed sev­er­al Nazi lead­ers of crimes against human­i­ty. Here’s how he put it:

I believe in the prin­ci­ple declared at Nurem­berg in 1945: “Indi­vid­u­als have inter­na­tion­al duties which tran­scend the nation­al oblig­a­tions of obe­di­ence. There­fore indi­vid­ual cit­i­zens have the duty to vio­late domes­tic laws to pre­vent crimes against peace and human­i­ty from occur­ring.”

Accord­ing­ly, I did what I believed right and began a cam­paign to cor­rect this wrong­do­ing. I did not seek to enrich myself. I did not seek to sell US secrets. I did not part­ner with any for­eign gov­ern­ment to guar­an­tee my safe­ty. Instead, I took what I knew to the pub­lic, so what affects all of us can be dis­cussed by all of us in the light of day, and I asked the world for jus­tice. . . .

Ron Paul: Amer­i­ca’s Most Dan­ger­ous Nazi by Alan J. Weber­man, p. 67. [17]

EXCERPT: . . . . Paul betrayed his Nazism when he told Con­gress that Amer­i­ca fought on the wrong side dur­ing World War II: “Any aca­d­e­m­ic dis­cus­sion ques­tion­ing the wis­dom of our poli­cies sur­round­ing World War II is met with shrill accu­sa­tions of anti-Semi­tism and Nazi lover. No one is ever even per­mit­ted, with­out deri­sion by the media, the uni­ver­si­ty intel­lec­tu­als and the politi­cians, to ask why the Unit­ed States allied itself with the mur­der­ing Sovi­ets and then turned over East­ern Europe to them while ush­er­ing in a 45-year saber-rat­tling, dan­ger­ous Cold War peri­od.”   Amer­i­ca should have aligned itself with the Axis Pow­ers? That is the impli­ca­tion here. [26]. . .

“How Glenn Green­wald Became Glenn Green­wald” by Jes­si­ca Tes­ta; buzzfeed.com; 6/26/2013. [19]

EXCERPT: . . . . Green­wald also spent rough­ly five years defend­ing the First Amend­ment rights of neo-Nazis, includ­ing Matthew Hale, the “Pon­tif­ex Max­imus” of the Illi­nois church for­mer­ly known as the World Church of the Cre­ator [32], one of whose dis­ci­ples went on a mur­der­ous spree in 1999 [33].

“I almost always did it pro bono,” Green­wald said. “I was inter­est­ed in defend­ing polit­i­cal prin­ci­ples that I believed in. I didn’t even care about mak­ing mon­ey any­more.” . . .

“Glenn Green­wald: Life Beyond Bor­ders” by Fred Bern­stein; out.com; 4/18/2011. [20]

EXCERPT: . . . .By the third year of law school, he was work­ing for a large law firm. But real­iz­ing that rep­re­sent­ing Gold­man Sachs would have destroyed him psy­cho­log­i­cal­ly, he set up his own firm, which rep­re­sent­ed sev­er­al neo-Nazis and oth­er unpop­u­lar clients.

When he and his for­mer boyfriend, Wern­er Achatz, an Aus­tri­an-born lawyer, tried to lease an apart­ment, they were told they could­n’t aggre­gate their incomes. “They said they only do that for mar­ried cou­ples,” Green­wald recalls. “We said we were a mar­ried cou­ple.” When that did­n’t fly, Green­wald became his own lawyer, suing the land­lord for sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tion and mar­i­tal sta­tus dis­crim­i­na­tion.

By 2004 he had tired of lit­i­gat­ing, and was also at the end of an 11-year rela­tion­ship with Achatz. He rent­ed an apart­ment in Rio de Janeiro, expect­ing to remain there for two months. Emo­tion­al­ly drained, he says, “The last thing I was look­ing for was anoth­er rela­tion­ship. Espe­cial­ly in Rio.” But on his first day on the beach, he met Miran­da. . . .