On Friday, President Obama held a televised press conference about proposed reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). While discussing leaks by former Booz Allen Hamilton analyst Edward Snowden, the president said, “Unfortunately, rather than an orderly and lawful process to debate these issues and come up with appropriate reforms, repeated leaks of classified information have initiated the debate in a very passionate, but not always fully informed way.”
“Not always fully informed” is a bit of an understatement.
Earlier that day, I posted an article documenting the top ten most inaccurate and exaggerated claims made by agenda-journalists covering the Edward Snowden NSA beat. I specifically excluded articles that are “self-debunking” because the list probably would’ve doubled in length. Self-debunking occurs when the central claim of an NSA article is undermined deep within the article itself. It’s become a bit of a game to click over to a new NSA bombshell post and then to count how many paragraphs before the headline and lede are contradicted by a brief mention of actual policy, usually involving a note about the requirement for individual warrants to target Americans.
But a new NSA bombshell article in The Guardian, posted on Friday and written by James Ball and Spencer Ackerman about a secret FISA Amendments Act Section 702 glossary document (702 authorized the PRISM system), didn’t bury the self-debunking at all. This time, it happened before the lede paragraph… [CONTINUE READING]