Yes I watched the "dog and pony show" (otherwise known as The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence) last week and I don't know anyone who watched it who believes this was anything other than a whitewash full of BS--(Rep. Mike Rogers et al were pathetic in their boot-licking)--
N.S.A. Chief Says Surveillance Has Stopped Dozens of Plots - NYTimes.com: " . . . The hearing was aimed at bolstering public support for surveillance programs after leaks by Edward J. Snowden . . . At the hearing, Mr. Thornberry asked Mr. Joyce whether the stock exchange attack was a “serious plot” or just “something that they kind of dreamed about.” Mr. Joyce replied, “I think the jury considered it serious, since they were all convicted.” However, Joshua L. Dratel, a lawyer for Mr. Hasanoff, called Mr. Joyce’s portrayal “astonishing” because none of the defendants was charged with the stock exchange allegation and there was no jury trial in any of the cases. . . . "
So much for the credibility of the NSA and FBI witnesses before the House Committee. As one commenter to the New York Times article cited above stated: "Saying doesn't make it so."
After this Congressional charade, I am beginning to give Edward Snowden the benefit of doubt, and take all of his assertions very seriously. At this point, he has more credibility than the NSA et al.
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