I mentioned before how Republican Mike Rogers and Democrat Diane Feinstein, heads of the intelligence committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate respectively, are two of the most ardent supporters of the national security state and its coercive apparatus. When it comes to supporting authoritarianism, there is no partisan gridlock because both of them work as a single team. As I predicted yesterday, both are already indicating reluctance about even president Obama’s limited reforms of the NSA.
Today they showed that they were willing to make totally unsubstantiated new allegations against Edward Snowden, that he was a Russian spy all along, even though they have no evidence. But people like them don’t care. They will throw anything out there, knowing that there will be people who will then repeat it over and over again so that it becomes part of the narrative.
The heads of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees suggested on Sunday that Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, may have been working for Russian spy services while he was employed at an agency facility in Hawaii last year and before he disclosed hundreds of thousands of classified government documents.
The lawmakers, Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan, and Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, offered no specific evidence that Mr. Snowden cooperated with Moscow [My italics-MS]. So far, there has been no public indication that the F.B.I.’s investigation into Mr. Snowden’s actions, bolstered by separate “damage assessment” investigations at the N.S.A. and the Pentagon, has uncovered evidence that Mr. Snowden received help from a foreign intelligence service.
We know that these people are willing to say anything to advance their cause, whether it is true or not. It does not at all matter to them that “Other U.S. security officials have told Reuters as recently as last week that the United States has no evidence at all that Snowden had any confederates who assisted him or guided him about what NSA materials to hack or how to do so.”
The question is whether the media will give them a pass or whether they have learnt from the past and insist on evidence.