Koppel: US overreacted to terrorist threat

posted at 12:41 pm on August 12, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

No kidding — and it’s not just the Americans who are starting to realize it.  Former ABC reporter and Nightline anchor Ted Koppel told David Gregory on Meet the Press yesterday that the US overreacted to the threat, and that this isn’t the first time, either.  “Can you imagine a day, David,” Koppel asks, “when we’ll be without that [TSA] bureaucracy?”

“Terrorism is simply the weapon by which the weak engage the strong,” Koppel said. “They cause the strong—in this case us—to overreact. We are the ones who went into Iraq and spent about a trillion and a half dollars doing it, losing 4,500 men and women, god knows how many tens of thousands injured. We are the ones who created a bureaucracy. The TSA has what—57,000 people operating within the TSA? Can you imagine a day when we will ever be without that bureaucracy? All imposed upon ourselves.”

Koppel also notes that the only embassy to remain shuttered is in Sana’a, Yemen — hardly a vote of confidence in our war-on-terror partner there.  Shouldn’t the US have worked with the governments of these allies to strengthen security rather than bail out, Koppel wonders, as a show of force instead of a vote of no-confidence?

“We just had the president of Yemen here for a meeting with President Obama,” Koppel continued. “He goes back feeling wonderful about his new relationship with the president. Next thing the president does is says, in effect, ‘Sorry we don’t trust you Yemenese to protect our embassies.’ So in effect we shut down our embassies, we have an emergency evacuation. What does that do to our relationship in the rest of North Africa, what does that do to our relationship in the Middle East, with all of these governments?”

“The terrorists have achieved more with one phone call than we have achieved with all our response,” Koppel said.

Color the Yemenis unimpressed too, McClatchy’s Adam Baron reports:

The United States’ launching of eight drone strikes in Yemen in the span of 13 days has ignited widespread outrage in the country.

The anger over the strikes, which came as an al Qaida-related threat shuttered U.S. embassies and consulates in Yemen and 15 other countries, has overwhelmed attention to the threat itself, which many here view skeptically anyway.

“In the end, I think the American reaction has been far more than has been reasonable,” said Abdulghani al Iryani, a Sanaa-based political analyst. “It comes off almost as a show of strength. But, ultimately, it may end up backfiring, as al Qaida is getting more attention now than they would have even if they carried out an attack.”

Smart power.


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Thank you. It had to be said. We have better odds of being struck by lightning twice.

John the Libertarian on August 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Arab Spring?

myiq2xu on August 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

The whole thing was more to make Obama look like a leader than anything. If the threat was real, Obama also tipped our hand that we are listening in, allowing Zawahiri to change the ways in which he does things.

Long as Obama looks ‘presidential’, it’s all good.

Liam on August 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Distraction or shell game?

OldEnglish on August 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM

“Terrorism is simply the weapon by which the weak engage the strong,” Koppel said.

Mmmm… Lidice would beg to differ.

Akzed on August 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM

The toupee has spoken.

Barky closed the embassies because he’s a lazy media-repackaged bum who didn’t want any “distractions” interfering with his upcoming vacation plans.

viking01 on August 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Leftards — remember they are the loons who thought and still think Stalin was a real cool guy!

Blake on August 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Idiot. No, she didn’t.

This should freeze, not only chill, you.

Plus, if you value your freedom, contribute, so you be free.

A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Sorry, I misinterpreted… for more clarity, Koppel is right.

The terrorists won…without fighting.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM

US government overreacted reacted exactly as scripted to terrorist threat governmnent-fabricated distraction.

Pork-Chop on August 12, 2013 at 12:56 PM

The only way to achieve any type of victory is to make the pain of being a Muslim so bad, that they renounce their evil religion just as the Japanese had to accept the loss of the emperor’s deity when the pain of two nuclear strikes hit them. The odds of us putting that kind of hurt on Muslim nations is somewhat south of zero so they win, we lose.

Deano1952 on August 12, 2013 at 12:56 PM

I have to agree with this. “The terrorists hate us for our freedoms” but thanks to the government we have less freedom while the govt has more power.

MoreLiberty on August 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Benghazi, the Snowden fiasco, on the part of the stupid admin. and the closure of the embassies are huuuuuuge wins for the wild ones.

Add the entire ‘Arab Spring’ and they are laughing their azzes off.

However, don’t be stupid and fooled.

obama has furthered two:

1. Himself, always, and
2. His Muslim Brotherhood.

It’s why Egypt hates the guts of the US gov’t now.

Name one nation, not of the one of Islam, which is free/freer, due to obama, I triple dare you.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Ben Ghazi? that was that Al Qaeda dude in Afghanistan or Yemen or somewhere that Obama killed with a drone strike, right?

trubble on August 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Bureaucrats are the natural allies of terrorists and other criminals.

CrazyGene on August 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

GWB took it to a level.

obama blew tings out of proportion, for his own gain. His 2012 election is illegitimate. He used terrorism and all the gov’t aganecies to fool the obama-shit-consuming media and go after his domestic enemies, you.

He won like Putin and Chavez, and is about as legitimate as they are, the thugs.

Schadenfreude on August 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Who knew Ted Koppel was a conservative?

He is, after all, articulating the Libertarian/Rand Paul/Sara Palin point of view, a point of view now being accepted by a large segment of the Republican base.

Chris Christie might just say that Koppel’s statements are “dangerous”, but then he is a RINO who got fat drinking the neocon Kool Aid.

Looking forward to Koppel moderating the Republican Primary debate and seeing Palin, Cruz, Gingrich, and Paul agree with him, as everyone gangs up on the war-monger Christie.

Mr. Arkadin on August 12, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Susan Rice…

d1carter on August 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Benghazi: Arabic-Language Media Implicates Egypt’s Fallen Muslim Brotherhood Regime

Arabic sources offer significant evidence of Mohammed Mursi’s involvement in the deadly attack.

Resist We Much on August 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Anybody that thinks Al Queada had a “conference” call should never leave the house without a helmet.

Tim Zank on August 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM

When the terrorists hung up from their “conference call”, I’ll bet they were laughing their a**es off.

rjh on August 12, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Anybody that thinks Al Queada had a “conference” call should never leave the house without a helmet.

Tim Zank on August 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Hahaha … right on.

CrazyGene on August 12, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Major Hasan laughs himself to sleep every night.

At massive government expense.

We fight denatured shadows and refuse to define or study the enemy.

Islam, as such.

The world’s biggest Death Cult.

Producing terrorists the way Jainism produces pacifists.

profitsbeard on August 12, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Distraction or shell game?

OldEnglish on August 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Distraction.

The lawyer for one of the Benghazi whistleblowers was on local talk radio this morning. Over 400 missiles went missing following that “spontaneous” protest over a YouTube video. They intend to use them on commercial aircraft.

IMO, this whole terror hype thing was an insurance policy so that when these missiles are actually used he can go on television and talk about how relelentless he has been on fighting terrorism.

Create a threat, over-react to the threat, declare victory. It isn’t the first time the rat-eared coward has used this formula.

Happy Nomad on August 12, 2013 at 1:07 PM

What if we simply allowed guns on airplanes? And dropped a few bombs on the Taliban? Plus, a few Special Ops missions?

faraway on August 12, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Anybody that thinks Al Queada had a “conference” call should never leave the house without a helmet.

Tim Zank on August 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Yeah, several of us around here said the same thing.

dogsoldier on August 12, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Ben Ghazi? that was that Al Qaeda dude in Afghanistan or Yemen or somewhere that Obama killed with a drone strike, right?

trubble on August 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Ben and Al are lone wolves. Obama has terrorism on the run.

The guy that HALO’d in with SEAL Team Six and personally took the kill shot that “got” OBL isn’t somebody these people should be messing with.

Happy Nomad on August 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Smart power!

chewmeister on August 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

The embassy ‘closings’ were just a show. Staffs were reduced to the minimum, and the ambassadors didn’t leave the host countries. Locked doors wouldn’t have stopped a mob or a truck bomb detonated by a suicide bomber.

Obama didn’t announce the immediate repositioning of US relief forces ready to go at the first sign of trouble. Then again, he shouldn’t have said anything at all, for security concerns. There were also no reports of the host countries beefing up security for our embassies once Obama let the cat out of the bag. Why tip our hand and then do nothing except put our country’s tail between its legs in front of the whole world, if the threat was genuine? If Obama thinks he looked ‘presidential’ by closing the embassies and going to play golf, he missed the mark by light years.

I put this whole event down to another scam by this Administration with the willing hand-licking help of a lapdog media.

Liam on August 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Wow, who could have seen this coming?

Chris of Rights on August 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

We did over react – we always do

jake-the-goose on August 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Call me paranoid, but if this was 43 instead of 44, every third word of Koppel’s commentary would be “Bush”

Sacramento on August 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

I’m shocked! SHOCKED I tell ya!!

Why, I could’ve sworn we were in deep do do
Bombing that aspirin factory
issuing that Embassy Terrorist threat!

ToddPA on August 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

And McLame and his girlfriend Gramnesty have only two words for Koppel: “Wacko Bird!”. How dare he threaten their beloved Government Bureaucracy they so fastidiously built.

NOMOBO on August 12, 2013 at 1:15 PM

This is probably the first time I have ever agreed with Koppel.

rplat on August 12, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Happy Nomad on August 12, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Thank you for the info on the missing missiles. Smart Power, indeed!

OldEnglish on August 12, 2013 at 1:16 PM

‘Sorry we don’t trust you Yemenese to protect our embassies.’ – Ted Koppel

.
No, no we don’t. I don’t see how the Yemenese could object to us protecting our sovereign territory or take offense to us being responsible for our own safety. Why leave it to the Yemenese when we are so much better at it?
.
This is the “politically correct” Koppel mouthing off to look all worldly and stuff.

ExpressoBold on August 12, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Wow, who could have seen this coming?

Chris of Rights on August 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Helen Keller.

Happy Nomad on August 12, 2013 at 1:20 PM

It’s been a long time since I have agreed with Koppel. I didn’t watch the vid and there are probably details of his with which I would strongly disagree, however, his main point is absolutely correct.

deepdiver on August 12, 2013 at 1:20 PM

did you ever think that we’re all simply audience members of a giant cosmic play, orchestrated by the father of lies ? and implemented by those who serve him ? I have.

We don’t really know what’s going on on the world, we just know what people tell us. And most of the people telling most of the people work for the father of lies.

Ed Schultz on Sat on MSNBC spent the first segment hyperventilating over the “evil” Christians who are doing horrible things to our country, in the form of Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert, and Rand Paul. He was really “pounding his fists on the podium” to instill fear of Christians to our nation.

ahhhhhhhhhhhh.

williampeck1958 on August 12, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Koppel: US overreacted to terrorist threat

The “reaction” was the only intention. Barky and his junta lied about the “threat” (because lying is what they do). I’m not sure why these idiots thought that looking to fold under such a “threat” was in any way a good thing for them, but then, Barky and his junta have been doing incredibly stupid things the whole time the ineligible Indonesian has been occupooping the White House. I guess they thought it would, somehow, serve as justification for their illegal domestic spying (as they even tried to make that stupid argument).

We all know that Barky is aligned with the real terrorists against America. He’s shown this with his retarded and treasonous actions – many, many, many of them – along with his support of the pan-islamic wave taking over the arab world.

Anyone who takes anything this criminal and inept administration says seriously is an idiot.

“Peregruzka!!”

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 12, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Wow, who could have seen this coming?

Chris of Rights on August 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Helen Keller.

Happy Nomad on August 12, 2013 at 1:20 PM

LMAO!

ToddPA on August 12, 2013 at 1:24 PM

I put this whole event down to another scam by this Administration with the willing hand-licking help of a lapdog media.

Liam on August 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

On a related note, US troops landed in Africa’s Uganda on October 19, 2012. US troops were also deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the Central African Republic and in Southern Sudan. They were sent there to “fight terrorism” but have we heard anything more about what they are doing or if they are even still there? What have they accomplished in terms of fighting terrorism?

It seems strange that there hasn’t been any mention of them by the rat-eared wonder in all this time.

Happy Nomad on August 12, 2013 at 1:25 PM

The terrorists were a splinter in our heel and we decided to cut the entire leg off. Madness!!!!

Pitchforker on August 12, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I have to agree with this. “The terrorists hate us for our freedoms” but thanks to the government we have less freedom while the govt has more power.

MoreLiberty on August 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Franklin said it best.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

Oldnuke on August 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Happy Nomad on August 12, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Those missles are on a slow boat to Mexico.The cartels own Mexico.The cartels and islamist are buds.The missles will be across our border shooting down planes soon.The airline industry will be dead.

docflash on August 12, 2013 at 1:33 PM

unless there was an attack and we were not prepared, in which case you all would’ve run out in the street and overturned electric cars while screaming Obama betrayed us again.

tlynch001 on August 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Dear Leader,

Koppel’s unexpected comments have us all a bit confused. It was , fortunately ,an isolated occurrence within the Ministry of Truth. Ungood duckspeak.

We have sent Koppel to Room 101. He should not be a problem in the future. We will also erase his comments from the public record.

……..
BoxHead 1
Inner Party Official
Ministry of Love

BoxHead1 on August 12, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Doesn’t Yemen tend to let their prisoners come and go as they please? I think the guy in jail for the U.S.S. Cole has been missing for a while.

Cindy Munford on August 12, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Anybody that thinks Al Queada had a “conference” call should never leave the house without a helmet.

Tim Zank on August 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM

It was hosted by Dr. Evil!

Deafdog on August 12, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Anybody that thinks Al Queada had a “conference” call should never leave the house without a helmet.

Tim Zank on August 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I’m pretty sure they used GoToMeeting.com…

dpduq on August 12, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Those missles are on a slow boat to Mexico. The cartels own Mexico. The cartels and islamist are buds. The missles will be across our border shooting down planes soon. The airline industry will be dead.

docflash on August 12, 2013 at 1:33 PM

It’s been forever since I’ve posted on here, but I had to respond to this. I don’t doubt for one second that this is a desired result. Even with all of the spying it’s really hard to keep track of people if they are able to hop on a plane and be anywhere in the world within 24 hours. If people are stuck to driving or riding a bus/train people are less likely to travel as far and they will be stuck in their little cage where they can only travel so far before running out of money or having to go back to work. Why do you think they want black boxes in every car?

MobileVideoEngineer on August 12, 2013 at 1:53 PM

I’m pretty sure they used GoToMeeting.com…

dpduq on August 12, 2013 at 1:49 PM

So everything’s back to normal since the 30-day free trial is up?

Happy Nomad on August 12, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Anybody that thinks Al Queada had a “conference” call should never leave the house without a helmet.

Tim Zank on August 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM

LOL. Now, that’s some quality commenting.

….

I’m still laughing.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 12, 2013 at 2:07 PM

“The Cut and RUN Administration.” And this shall be our flag, a white field with Barry’s smiling face on it.

GarandFan on August 12, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Anybody that thinks Al Queada had a “conference” call should never leave the house without a helmet.

Tim Zank on August 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I’m curious why you think this? There are a number of online capabilities for doing this (including something as simple as Skype or Yahoo). I’m honestly looking for your reasoning – this isn’t a rhetorical slap at you or others.

GWB on August 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Perhaps Ted wouldn’t have his knickers so knotted if there were actual grown-ups in the White House running things, instead of a bunch of bed-wetters.

Another Drew on August 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

“We are the ones who went into Iraq and spent about a trillion and a half dollars doing it, losing 4,500 men and women, god knows how many tens of thousands injured.”

F*ck you, Koppel, you tool. That’s not why we “went into Iraq.”

rrpjr on August 12, 2013 at 2:47 PM

On a related note, US troops landed in Africa’s Uganda on October 19, 2012. US troops were also deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the Central African Republic and in Southern Sudan. They were sent there to “fight terrorism” but have we heard anything more about what they are doing or if they are even still there? What have they accomplished in terms of fighting terrorism?

It seems strange that there hasn’t been any mention of them by the rat-eared wonder in all this time.

Happy Nomad on August 12, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Funny, I was just thinking about that over the weekend. Whatever happened to those troops in Africa?

It shows not only that the media is in the tank for Obama, but that they are intellectually lazy and/or incurious. A real journalist would have been following up on this story.

MichaelGabriel on August 12, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Let’s see….Obama is on vacation on Marthas Vineyard with the Royal First Dog. Congress has fled D.C. for the month.

I look out the window and America seems to be doing just fine without any of them.

Could somebody please change the locks on all the doors at the Capitol and the White House.

MichaelGabriel on August 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM

“Koppel: US overreacted to terrorist threat”

And I’m sure that “overreaction” coming 3 days after the reporting that dozens of CIA operatives from Benghazi were being muzzled was an accident or coincidence.

elfman on August 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I agree, but as I said when this was in the headlines last week: Isn’t this the same Ted Koppel who made his career by hosting a one hour news program every single night the hostages were being held in Iran?

Kafir on August 12, 2013 at 3:24 PM

I’m curious why you think this? There are a number of online capabilities for doing this (including something as simple as Skype or Yahoo). I’m honestly looking for your reasoning – this isn’t a rhetorical slap at you or others.

GWB on August 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Because Zawahiri is not a moron. He’s still alive because he knows how to avoid detection, and he is quite aware of our governments surveillance capabilities.

Fazman on August 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Idiot. No, she didn’t.

This should freeze, not only chill, you.

Plus, if you value your freedom, contribute, so you be free.

A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!

Schadenfreude
on August 12, 2013 at 12:51 PM

It does.

More on this story:

…Lavabit came under scrutiny following reports that Mr Snowden was using the service while holed-up in Moscow airport.

“I have been forced to make a difficult decision:to become complicit in crimes against the American people, or walk away from nearly 10 years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit,” Mr Levison wrote in a letter posted on the Lavabit website….

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23627656

avagreen on August 12, 2013 at 3:42 PM

The US over-reacted? No. The US hasn’t acted at all. How can you over-react to a problem that you won’t even acknowledge exists. The problem was never “terrorism.” This is a meaningless term. The problem is Islam and jihad warfare. But to this day we remain in denial of this. I wish the US would over-react to the actual problem of Islam. Doesn’t look like it’s happening in the foreseeable future though, unfortunately.

WhatSlushfund on August 12, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Anybody that thinks Al Queada had a “conference” call should never leave the house without a helmet.

Tim Zank on August 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I’m curious why you think this? There are a number of online capabilities for doing this (including something as simple as Skype or Yahoo). I’m honestly looking for your reasoning – this isn’t a rhetorical slap at you or others.

GWB on August 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Not so, at least about Skype. W/n the last few weeks, I’ve found malware that was messing up my system. Couldn’t even get my malware cleaners to open up. With some effort I was sucessful, working a whole day. And, then I find this:
http://malwarelist.net/2013/04/03/multiple-vulnerabilities-in-skype/
AND, this:
http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2012/11/14/security-hole-allows-anyone-to-hijack-your-skype-account-using-only-your-email-address/

avagreen on August 12, 2013 at 3:48 PM

And, here:
https://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/skype-exploits-i-know-where-you-are-what-you-

Just do a internet search about Skype and vulnerabilities.

I’ve delted Skype from my programs and from my register.

avagreen on August 12, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Enough is enough. We have slowly (faster at times) let our rights get stomped on from threats of terrorism. Letting the government go this far has happened out of fear of another attack…the terrorists have won. If we don’t start walking this back now I can’t imagine where we end up. I used to think this type of talk was only for the tin foilers, but things have really gotten out of control. Even if this last threat was a squirrel things gotta change.

deuce on August 12, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Because Zawahiri is not a moron. He’s still alive because he knows how to avoid detection, and he is quite aware of our governments surveillance capabilities.

Fazman on August 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

OK, I can accept that as an argument. However, I still think some of them might try it – believing they can be a needle in a haystack and be the ones that are overlooked.

(I’m not making any claims of validity about *this* particular “intelligence hit”.)

GWB on August 12, 2013 at 3:59 PM

I wasn’t aware that Howdy Doody was still alive.

bw222 on August 12, 2013 at 4:21 PM

3,300 dead on 09-11-01……

divided by…..330,000,000 Americans…

equals…….

0.00001 or .001 of one percent.

I was pointing this out when we were still in Afghanistan in 2003 when Bush and Cheney wanted to go to Iraq and mow it down and nation-build up.

INSANITY!

One attack killing .001 of a percent of our people and we p*ss away trillons as opposed to a far less expensive prudent foreign policy.

Oh, and did I mention the NSA police state we are becoming.

Some needs to stuff every lost sock down the throats of McCain, all the Bushes and Cheneys, Rumsfeld, Bill Kristol, and the rest of the neo-con extremists who think it is our duty to bring foreign policy utopia to planet earth.

They are almost as insane as the progs going for single payer.

KirknBurker on August 12, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Ted Koppel is right… for once.

old school on August 12, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Terrorists never did scare me. 300,000,000 people in the United States. The likelihood they would target me or where I am is infinitesimally small.
The government on the other hand has millions of bureaucrats, police, spies, military. The likelihood of them targeting me, an avid right wing online poster, pretty much guaranteed.

astonerii on August 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM

WhatSlushfund on August 12, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Denial is an overreaction to something.

astonerii on August 12, 2013 at 7:01 PM

The DHS owes its continued existence to a vastly exaggerated assessment of the threat of terrorism. The department is also responsible for some of the least cost-effective spending in the U.S. government. It’s time to admit that creating it was a mistake. There is no terrorist threat: The feds want you to think there is, compliant media goes along “Chatter” from “affiliates” cause a “crisis,” while media reports nonsense generated to justify NSA surveillance.

Is it really necessary and truly in the peoples best interest to have the NSA helping the DEA, ATF, and IRS with funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans?

Bush-Cheney began illegal NSA spying before 9/11! Go here for 6 links to investigative articles by the MSM: http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2013/06/23/did-the-nsa-leaks-really-put-us-at-risk/comment-page-1/#comment-2379955

NSA Boss Calls Snowden’s Supporters Internet Shut-ins; Equates Transparency Activists With Al-Qaeda. The Pentagon sees Transparency Activists as “high threats”.

JustTheFacts on August 12, 2013 at 7:04 PM

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

LizardLips on August 12, 2013 at 7:11 PM

With one click, I have achieved muting Ted Koppel’s pie hole. Who cares what Ted thinks!

racquetballer on August 12, 2013 at 10:11 PM