Former NSA Chief: If You Get Upset When The Government Gets Snowden, You Might Be A Terrorist

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If you support National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and believe that his actions were well-intentioned and benefit the public good, your government views you as a potential terrorist who may be as dangerous as an al-Qaida operative.

According to remarks made by former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden during a speech on cybersecurity to the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center, the Federal government should be on the lookout for Snowden supporters who might join forces with hackers and transparency groups as a show of solidarity with the whistle-blower.

“If and when our government grabs Edward Snowden, and brings him back here to the United States for trial, what does this group do?” he said, according to The Guardian.

“They may want to come after the US government, but frankly, you know, the dot-mil stuff is about the hardest target in the United States,” Hayden said of U.S. military networks. “So if they can’t create great harm to dot-mil, who are they going after? Who for them are the World Trade Centers? The World Trade Centers, as they were for al-Qaida.”

Hayden, who headed the NSA from 1999 to 2009 before moving on to lead the CIA, was at the helm of the NSA when the spy agency began amassing Americans call records and Internet data without warrants following 9/11. Before that, the NSA’s primary focus was foreign intelligence gathering.

The group of possible hacker/transparency activists (read: people concerned about Constitutional privacy violations) that poses a threat to government spying is comprised of “nihilists, anarchists, activists, Lulzsec, Anonymous, twentysomethings who haven’t talked to the opposite sex in five or six years,” according to Hayden.

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  • Dr Moon

    This is the type of yahoo we’ve got running our intelligence agencies. He’s got it backwards, the terrorists are those people who are violating American Citizens Constitutional rights. Calling someone a terrorist is the replacement word for Racist. They can call you a terrorist in the attempt to quell your First Amendment Rights, thinking that they can scare us into conforming.

    • Vis Fac

      To any sane person or patriot those who would deny other’s their God Given Right to freedom is a terrorist. Liberal one dimensional idiot-ology dictates otherwise.

      • Quester55

        Forced Recon,

        Never Give up & Never Surrender, Even a WAR using Words is still a War.

        My Fellow Swabs will hate me for saying this, however, The MARINES are the LAND FORCES of the NAVY & we’re Damn proud of that!

        • Vis Fac

          Way back in the good old days Marine Recon Teams and SEAL teams had a friendly rivalry to see who could run the furthest, fastest, and longest. We had a special trick that we would use to win We ran in full combat gear on the beach. SEALS would use our Combat and survival courses at Pendleton and we would use their dive facilities at Coronado. Both of us gave the Army fits at jump school Oh to be young and stupid again!
          Semper-Fi

        • Oldmonkey

          Only Swabs I ever heard of not liking Marines never served with them or partied with them.

    • adbj102

      Calling citizens “terrorists” started with the hate group Southern Poverty Legal Center” They specialize in labeling patriots as terrorists, they named “veterans, Christians (their special hate) gun owners, property owners, believers in the Constitution, republicans, Anyone against unlimited immigration,anyone that exposes Obama, as terrorists! They send a letter to all “law enforcement orgs” called Klan Watch! They act like a real American Patriot Group, But most are CPUSA members, They diseminate propaganda, and other lies, They have a “Documentary Film” Paid actors, you will recognize some of them! Janet Napolitano fell for their propaganda and issued the bulletin that everyone heard of!

      • Oldmonkey

        I got beg mail from the new ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy to give racist s at Southern Policy Law Center money. I sent them back an empty prepaid envelope :-)

        • adbj102

          I hope you put a bit of Comet Cleanser in it, that would give them a heart attack. After all they have already called us terrorists!

          • Oldmonkey

            Perhaps putting junk mail in the envelope is a better idea

          • Quester55

            Old Monkey, I’ve been doing that for years, all I’ve ever got out of it was MORE JUNK MAIL!

          • Oldmonkey

            When they pay 1st class postage, the less money the Post Office needs from the government. My concern is knowing what was coming Congress should years ago started to shrink its costs and employees by attention. THEY REFUSED to! The last of the potty trained White & Black managers retired 10 years ago. Since then it has been flavor of the month Minority terrorizing primarily a minority workforce.

    • Quester55

      and don’t look now, Dr.Moon, AS, It Looks like it’s Working!
      Most of us here on this Web page, Weather they admit it or not, ” Express our Frustrations on every Topic,Under somewhat anomalous conditions, (Want-a-bet?) as a Way of Handling those things in this life that we can’t Control. It’s a way of Blowing off Steam, Without coming to Blows in reality!!
      My truth is, I’m Dying a Slow Death & OBAMA & His FAILED, HIGH COST Health System, IS 90% The blame!
      Before Obama, Slithered into our Lives,I was getting excellent Care & was scheduled for surgery, A Surgery that Could have Saved My Life!

      However Now, Every Damn Hispanic & Muslim, gets all of the help, While My people & the Caucasians Are giver the [expletive deleted] end of the Stick & told ” You’ll have to wait or Reapply!”

      Why Should I fear Death at the hands of this POWER-MAD Communist & his Goons?

  • David Scuncio

    another blowhard gov hack

  • d s

    And now we know who the real terrorist are. They just gave themselves up.

  • Quester55

    Whats not so funny is, ” That after 9/11, the only real terrorist what we see, ” are those same,” F.B.I., FEDERAL MARTIAL’ S, C.I.A. & N.S.A. AGENTS”, that keep threatening our Honest, hard working(if your lucky too have a job) Citizens!

    Tell me please, how is this treatment the “N.S.A. ” is forcing on us, any different from what ” Stalin did to the Russians or what Chairman Mao, Did to the Chinese” ?
    And then the N.S.A. have the nerve to infer that We, The American People are Terrorist?? Just for cheering this latest Whistle Blower on??
    How Anti-American can these Zombies Get?!?

    • mrsgunnut10

      Quester55, you forgot to name Obama and his White House Cabinet Officers as Terrorist’s, even little Carney.

      • Quester55

        As a Fact, I did forget, however by Now, We all should Know My Distrust for Our Communist president, The Devil he Worships & those In His Demonic Party of,” AMERICAN HATERS, FLAG BURNERS, Constitution Destroyers & Child Molesters!
        Not to mention His Lovable Islamic Muslim Brotherhood That Take Great JOY in murdering innocent CHRISTIAN & JEWISH FAMILY’S!!!
        Did I Miss anyone that Time, Mrs.Gunnut10.?

  • Marcia Rutter

    Yes, indeed! What information does Eric Snowden have? Must be pretty big to be making such a fuss about it. Methinks the government should be in hot water for allowing him access to this information in the first place. But that would imply accountability and it is obvious that in our present government there is little to no accountability. The FBI is permitted to investigate itself and the Attorney General also. I was taught that there was a system of checks and balances in our government to prevent this sort of thing from happening. What the heck happened in the 40 years since I was taught this as required in High School.

    • DoingMoreWithLes

      It’s not about what he knows. It’s about capturing him and giving him the same treatment as they did Manning. This sends a clear statement to any and all that want to step forward that we can get to you anywhere in the world and then use NDAA to put you in a box for as long as we want to. So now who are the real terrorists? Anyone one that doesn’t understand where we are headed has their head in the sand.

  • ISHKABIBEL

    I guess if they got all the info & data on us, they know who will attack & who “hasn’t had a woman in 5-6 years”………Rot in Hell, SOBs !!!!

  • Bob Robillard

    I’m a potential terrorist, as well. Yet, at 76, I do not seem to fit Hayden’s dim vision of what might constitute a Snowden supporter. I support ALL U.S. government whistleblowers. NSA and our government LIES to us and SPIES on us. If you believe anything that comes out of the mouth of a government official, you are extraordinarily naive

    • mrsgunnut10

      Very good Bob. I guess I am an 80 year old Terrorist as well. It seems that all Ex-Military People knows what a bunch of Insane Lyers and Spies, that are coming out of the Governmental Wood Work in Washington D. C. , lately, look and sound like. You didn’t say if you were Ex-Military or not Bob Robillard. If you are, thanks for your Service and If not, thanks for speaking out any way. TSgt., USAF Retired.

      • Bob Robillard

        Yes, I am ex-military. Citadel graduate, ’59.

    • perry

      they are on drugs

  • tucpatriot

    Then put me on Obama’s KILL LIST. Edward Snowden did a public service to the people of the United States. “If you see something, say something” ,and that’s what he did!

    • Oldmonkey

      It appears Snowden is now seen favorably by a clear majority of Americans. Unlike Manning he has been selective about what he has released, and quiet about technology, and what he can still do.

  • Cyclone-Aviator

    Mr. Hayden, with all due respect, on second thought, no respect due whatsoever. GO POUND SAND! I am sick to death of government servants who are supposed to be working for US, the citizens of the United States of America telling us we are the problem. Why don’t you renounce your citizenship, go wherever you think is so much better than the USA and please do not let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

  • Elton Robb

    Mr. Hayden, you are the terrorist.

    • chris

      Feeling the pressure Hayden, the people are getting wise to you. Give it a couple more months, this is only going to get bigger and bigger. We the people are getting you government liars and traitors running scared.
      Things aren’t going your way these day’s Awe poor baby!

  • KingKong

    Are they saying that Governor Sarah Palin is a possible terror…

    • Deerinwater

      The only terror she might create is in the Kitchen,.

  • Dave

    From Mr. Hayden’s statements, it’s obviously time for him to leave “public service” as well. I am not a 20 something who hasn’t talked to the opposite sex in 5 or 6 years. I am, however, an intelligent adult who understands that frogs will stay in a pot of water as the temperature slowly increases until they boil to death!Hmmm…is it getting hot in here?

  • Deerinwater

    Hmm? ~ Interesting story. ~

    What happens next after we start hanging whistle blowers?

    • Jim B

      All known associates, and family get rounded up and imprisoned! Neighbors, acquaintances, are made to give false statements and testimony to ensure incarceration for others and not for themselves. Once everyone is sufficiently scared out of their minds over the authority the government yields it becomes too late to turn back the clock. At this point, all freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is lost.
      But you knew all that!

      • Deerinwater

        Oh man ! ~ I was just dreaming and hoping that i might be wrong , Jim.

  • mrsgunnut10

    So what else is new about being a Terrorist Threat. All of us Ex-Military People , retired and otherwise have been or was labeled as Right Wing Terrorist’s ever since the bloated Napolitano woman was put in Power by King Terrorist Obama. I don’t know about the rest of you Ex-Military People but I am proud that I served my Country for a little over twenty (20) years. If these Government Idiots want to call me a Terrorist Threat, by all means do it, and if it comes down to defending my Country again, feel free to call on me anytime. Thank you for your time. TSgt., USAF Retired.

  • Jim B

    I hope Michael Hayden was made former NSA Chief specifically because of these beliefs. Wasn’t it n old Russia that you are guilty until you prove your innocence. and to go against the governing regime is a criminal/punishable act. I cannot believe we have or had this kind of mentality in our own free government. This is not tolerable to be labeled in any such negative way because you think differently from your corrupted government workers. I think it’s time some folks get the boot, they have obviously lost their perspecitive of this free nation.

  • perry

    yes they want to take your rights from you as for me they will have to undertake an hunt and find game to find me don’t let them find you at home when the time comes

  • Ibn Insha

    Our own government calling us terrorists is the utmost insult to us and shows how disgustingly arrogant our government is. It also shows how ineffective we as citizens are. Congress, that was supposed to be checks on Executive Branch, is in collusion with the Executive branch. People, who are supposed to be checks on all government, would not question the government and hold it accountable for violations of constitution because we are addicted to and getting free stuff from government. We would not slaughter our sacred cows. We would sell ourselves and our dignity in exchange for free stuff. We will not question government as we have sold ourselves to government.

    • hardh8

      “It also shows how ineffective we as citizens are.” EXACTLY. I’ve said it many many many times before on here. UNLESS and UNTIL we stand up and stand together. This crap will only get worse.

  • disqus_bQJ5hcTAd4

    Be care full of who you call a Terrorist. President Washington was called a terrorist by King George. Remember how that turned out TORI.!!!!!!!!

  • hardh8

    The only way this government goon, Micheal Hayden, ever gets any women. Is when he drags one of them into the NSA/CIA torture chambers.

  • jaybird

    The majority of our representatives have been bribed, bought and paid for by the likes of George Soros, Globalist Rich, The Federal Reserve and the ones that want NWO, etc. Some of the Democrats and Republicans have been responsible for the mess our country is in. We are going to have to support these Constitutional Lawyers that are trying to reverse what has happened..People like Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch & Judicial Watch, John Whitehead-ACLJ, MRC, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Cold Posse, there are others that are working hard.

    So many people are involved in this mess that it takes awhile to get all the evidence to present to the courts I know Arpaio and his men have taken almost a year but when you have government people that are trying to block everything you do, it takes awhile. Dr. Orly Taitz has been working on this since 2008 and they have painted her as a crazy person. When the house of cards start coming down it is really going to be a mess.

  • DoingMoreWithLes

    Hayden was DIRNSA from 1999-2005 and then moved to be the deputy director of the newly formed ODNI until he moved in as director of CIA. Hayden has a degree in history which is really interesting since he can’t even remember what the 4th amendment really says. He proved this stupidity in an interview a while back. I’m still shocked that Hayden was put in charge of the the most technical intelligence agency on the planet. Clearly this was done to destroy the agency from within which Hayden was quite successful at by outsourcing NSA to all of his contractor friends which he is now collecting his reward from. Almost looks like Hayden was put on retainer by those companies back then. Hayden couldn’t spell the Agencies real mission which was a foreign SIGINT mission. Collecting AND saving information on US citizens violates the 4th amendment and the United States Signals Intelligence Directive (USSID) 18. Both still exist as law so they are all criminals.