Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Fox News Sunday this week that if the National Security Agency's controversial program PRISM — a daily collection of private telephone records and Internet messages — had been in place before the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the terrorists' plot might have been foiled.
Three other NSA whistleblowers were asked on Friday what they thought about Edward Snowden's revelations about the surveillance state in the United States and each was relieved that someone had finally been able to break through and reveal the truth.
Natural or man-made disasters bring out looters as well as Good Samaritans, but business- and homeowners' armed self-defense can stop them in their tracks.
The revelations by Edward Snowden are causing public relations problems for two of Washington's finest examples of incestuous intertwining: Booz Allen Hamilton and its parent, The Carlyle Group.
The response to Edward Snowden's claim to be the leak behind last week's revelation about PRISM was immediate and predictable: investigate and prosecute him as an enemy of the state.