Greenwald: Snowden Has Enough Information to Cause US Govt ‘Worst Damage in History’

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Greenwald at Socialism 2011

Greenwald at Socialism 2011

Anti-American leftist and NSA leaks journalist Glenn Greenwald claims leaker Edward Snowden could do the U.S. big damage if he is brought to justice.

From Kremlin propaganda channel Russia Today:

Former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden possesses dangerous information which could potentially lead to America’s “worst nightmare” if it is revealed, according to the journalist who first published Snowden’s leaked documents.

“Snowden has enough information to cause more damage to the US government in a minute alone than anyone else has ever had in the history of the United States,” Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist responsible for publishing some of Snowden’s first leaks, told Argentina-based newspaper La Nación.

“But that’s not his goal. His objective is to expose software that people around the world use without knowing what they are exposing themselves to, without consciously agreeing to surrender their rights to privacy. He has a huge number of documents that would be very harmful to the US government if they were made public,” Greenwald said.

He added that Washington should be exercising care in dealing with the Snowden because he has the potential to do further damage to the US.

“The US government should be on its knees every day begging that nothing happen to Snowden, because if something does happen to him, all the information will be revealed and it could be its worst nightmare,” he said.

When asked whether he believed that someone would attempt to harm or kill the whistleblower, he said that Snowden has “already distributed thousands of documents and made sure that several people around the world have their entire file,” stating that it would not be beneficial for anyone to attempt assassination. ..

He added that the US should be praying that no one would attempt to take Snowden’s life.

“If something happens, all the information will be revealed, and that would be [America’s] worst nightmare,” he said.

With “patriots” like Greenwald and Snowden, does America need enemies?


Give Me a Break!

Arlene from Israel

Yesterday I wrote about the fact that Netanyahu is making one last effort to secure a toughening of the US stance on Iran, thus:

“Israel desperately wants to see the Obama Administration harden its position on Iran immediately — to convey to Iran that if it does not halt its nuclear program, its regime will not survive….‘increased pressure on Iran,’ led by the US, notably including the revival of ‘a real military threat’.”

Today we see a response from US officials, ostensibly designed to reassure our government: Don’t worry, they are saying, we’re not going to ease the sanctions on Iran, even if we do want to “test” Rohani with direct talks that will take his measure.

“’We are open to direct talks, and we want to reinforce this in any way [we can],’ a senior US official said, adding that the administration sees ‘words that indicate Iran might be going in a different direction.'”



So, the question is whether they are totally and willfully obtuse, or they think we are idiots. Our prime minister will not play the fool. He didn’t simply ask that sanctions be retained, or even strengthened. He asked for a real military threat — the only thing that might have an effect.

I don’t know who the senior US official quoted in the above article is, but anyone who suggests that the US sees “words that indicate Iran might be going in a different direction” and takes them seriously IS a fool, in my book.

Does Netanyahu have his answer, then? It would seem so.


This morning Netanyahu addressed the Iranian issue at the weekly Cabinet meeting:

“A month has passed since elections were held in Iran, and Iran continues to race toward the development of military nuclear capability.”

[under President-Elect Hassan Rohani’s leadership Iran is] “expanding and perfecting its [uranium] enrichment while simultaneously developing a plutonium reactor to produce material for a nuclear bomb.”

“At the same time, Iran is also developing its ballistic missile force. These [developments] threaten not only us, but the entire West. We are determined to stand behind our demands, which must also be the demands of the international community.

The demands: “Stop all uranium production, remove all enriched material [from the country] and close the illegal nuclear facility in Qom.

“We believe that now more than ever, in light of Iran’s progress, it is important [that the international community] tighten the economic sanctions and make Iran face a credible military option.”


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Here you have it all: Since Rohani won the presidential election, Iran has continued to expand its enrichment program and develop its ballistic missile force. And a US official gives credence to words that suggest Rohani might be going in a different direction.


It’s difficult to imagine that the US official cited above, and his associates, could have failed to note this:

“Iran could develop and test an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States by 2015, a new U.S. intelligence report released and declassified for publication on Friday has determined.

“The report, the Foreign Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat Assessment, was prepared by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center with significant contributions from the Defense Intelligence Agency Missile and Space Intelligence Center and the Office of Naval Intelligence…

“U.S. intelligence says that Iran has ambitious ballistic missile and space launch development programs and continues to attempt to increase the range, lethality, and accuracy of its ballistic missile force.”


Surely better if those ballistic missiles not have nuclear tips. Wouldn’t you think?


It is worth noting, as well, that since the election won by Rohani a month ago, there have been 61 executions of Iranians, including six women and a 15 year old boy. Some were done in public view.


The new, more moderate Iran.


With regard to the major explosion in Latakia, Syria, on July 5th, which was thought to be aimed at the destruction of recently-arrived Russian Lakhont PL-800 anti-ship missiles…

We’ve now got two different stories. First, yesterday, CNN came out with a report, based on information from “US sources” — unnamed, of course — indicating that the missiles were taken out by IAF planes.


And now, today, the Sunday Times (London) is saying that the attack was launched from a Israeli Dolphin class submarine, which fired cruise missiles at sea, destroying 50 Lakhont missiles in an arms depot.

Credit: submarines.dotan

According to the Times story, Israel’s actions were closely coordinated with the US, which was not pleased about Russia’s delivery of the Lakhont missiles.



Don’t know if it matters which version of the story is true, if indeed one is — except insofar as it might demonstrate a particular Israeli military prowess. They both indicate Israel’s seriousness of intent. “We’ve drawn our red lines and we keep to them.” Defense Minister Ya’alon had said.

But what I ponder is the need to talk about this at all — above and beyond the desire to tell a full news story. Are the “US sources,” for example, eager to finger Israel in order to make certain that the Russians don’t assume an American involvement? Is there a desire to render Israel more vulnerable?


Dan Margalit, writing in Israel Hayom, has another theory (emphasis added):

“Assuming — again, for the sake of the game theory — that sources in the Pentagon leaked the information to the U.S. media, as they did over the two previous attacks, then they obviously wish to see Israel embroiled in a military conflict with Syria, to hasten Assad’s fall and spare the U.S. the need to intervene. That could lead to a myriad of complications and that is not how allies and partners should treat each other. It also constitutes, to some extent, a breach of trust.

What Margalit suggests is that even if Israel did attack the Yakhonts — which we now will strongly suspect but cannot know with certainty — it is in Israel’s best interest to officially deny this.

That is because Assad said there would be repercussions for such an attack.

At the same time, it serves Assad to deny that Israel attacked — which is what he is doing. Then he need take no action.

Margalit calls this “Mutually Assured Denial.”



Routinely, the Machpelah, the Cave of the Patriarchs, in Hevron, is shared between Jews and Muslims. This past Friday, it was Muslims only because of their observance of Ramadan. When Jews went there to pray Friday night, they were shocked to discover that the site had been vandalized:

“Two mezuzot – cases containing Jewish holy scriptures affixed to the doorpost – had been torn off and stolen, and a third was damaged. Muslim worshippers had also thrown mud and garbage around the site, and uprooted parts of the garden outside.”


Credit: ArielZellman


As I’m writing, news has come out of a mortar shell exploding in the northern Golan. There were no injuries and authorities have judged this a “spillover” from the fighting in Syria.


But there is some good news.

One of the problems with regard to Jewish residents securing their rights in Judea and Samaria has been the fact that the West Bank Land Registry is closed to the public. That means that Jews challenged by Arabs find it difficult to make their case, as they cannot peruse the legal record.

It’s crazy. And it’s one of the problems addressed by the Levy report — which calls for an opening of the Registry.

Now, after 46 years of this situation, the Jerusalem District Court has directed that, in one particular case involving the community of Psagot, the Registry be opened to Jews living on land that is contested by Arabs, so that they might secure more solid information.

An article about this was done by Haaretz. Regavim, an organization dedicated to defending Jewish rights to the land, has put up this article, with comments. If you are interested in details, see here:



And there is yet another step towards victory for Jewish rights in the land, involving the community of Amona.

It has been the practice of the High Court of Justice to order the evacuation of Jewish homes on land in Judea and Samaria if an Arab claims ownership — BEFORE there has been adjudication of the ownership claims. This is yet another injustice addressed by the Levy Report.

Now, a scheduled evacuation of Amona has been delayed by the High Court until the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court adjudicates conflicting ownership claims.

You might say, well, of course. But maddeningly, this has not been routine procedure.

Amona — a community that is referred to in certain quarters as an “outpost” — is on a hilltop overlooking Ofra, within the jurisdiction of the Benyamin Regional Council, in Samaria. Established in 1997, it is today home to about 200 families. It has a painful history with regard to forced evictions of Jewish residents from their homes.

Residents of Amona charge that, while Arabs — under the tutelage of Yesh Din — claim the land of Amona as theirs, the Jewish purchase of land upon which their homes have been built has not yet been fairly investigated.


Credit: Temunot



Arlene from Israel

Motzei Shabbat (after Shabbat)

According to the Times of Israel tonight (emphasis added):

“Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly to launch a new, last-ditch effort in the next few days to persuade the United States to credibly revive the military option against Iran.

“If this proves unsuccessful, Channel 2 reported, Netanyahu will have to decide whether to launch an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities by this winter at latest, because after that, the report indicated, the assessment is that Israel’s window for military intervention will close.”

“Israel’s window,” refers to the capability we have with our armaments to hit Iran’s nuclear facilities, which are going way underground. The US capability in this regard — with its 30,000 lb bunker buster — is greater. Even if Iran has not quite reached that nuclear break-out, Israel may not be able to wait any longer, if there is a decision that the US won’t act and we should.


“Israel desperately wants to see the Obama Administration harden its position on Iran immediately — to convey to Iran that if it does not halt its nuclear program, its regime will not survive. Instead, however, Jerusalem sees what it considers an overly tolerant and patient attitude by Washington DC to Tehran, the channel 2 report said.

“Next week, the P5+1 powers — the five UN Security Council members, plus Germany — are set to meet to coordinate positions ahead of possible talks with incoming Iranian President Hasan Rohani’s leadership. The fear in Jerusalem, the TV report said, is that Iran will prove capable of buying more time in such talks, while its centrifuges spin, its other nuclear facilities move forward, and it becomes too late for effective military intervention.

“Netanyahu is about to begin a new effort at ‘public diplomacy,’ aimed at securing ‘increased pressure on Iran,’ led by the US, notably including the revival of ‘a real military threat’ if the Iranians don’t halt their nuclear drive, the TV report said.

“If the prime minister’s effort fails, ‘Netanyahu will have to make a decision in the next few months’ over ‘whether to attack Iran by the winter.’ The report stressed considerable support for a resort to military force within the cabinet, and concluded: ‘This could happen.’



My friends, as I see it, this trumps the other security-related issues — as serious as they are — that we’ve been tracking. With the turmoil in Egypt, and Syria, etc., the issue of a nuclear Iran sometimes seems to slip off the radar screen. But it never should.

There has been a lot of talk lately about whether Netanyahu is sliding “left.” Whether he really wants to reach a deal with the PA, etc. And there’s a tendency in many quarters — not without reason — to feel discontent with his leadership.

And yet… yet…on the issue of Iran his leadership is superb and I salute him. He stands alone, facing an array of world “leaders” who opt for a dangerous and mindless oblivion on this issue. An incredibly difficult place to be.


It is not for me to say whether Netanyahu will decide to hit Iran, in the end. But I make these observations here:

Surely, he believes that his efforts to get Obama to take a genuinely tough stand on Iran are almost certain to fail. Nothing in Obama’s behaviors and policies — his entire MO — would lead to any other expectation.

It is my assumption that Netanyahu will try one last time so that, should he decide to hit Iran, he will be able to face down world leaders and remind them that he did his absolute best to secure a serious counter to Iran without Israel having to go to war. He’s putting it back on the US, and the world, this one last time.

(There is, I suppose, a remote chance that once Obama sees that Netanyahu is serious and the day of reckoning is near, he might change his position. But I very much doubt it.)

I alluded yesterday to the interview outgoing Israeli ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, gave. One of the things he spoke about, with regard to Iran, was Israel’s need, as a sovereign state, to be responsible for her own security. Oren didn’t say this without a sign-off from the prime minister. Oren was delivering notice.

I am pleased, and not surprised, to read here that there is considerable support in the Cabinet for an attack. And I wonder if internally matters had to coalesce to a certain point for this to come together.


The Times of Israel article refers to the potential repercussions of an attack on Iran, such as war with Hezbollah. This is, of course, a possibility, and not to be taken lightly.

It is clear that all necessary preparations for such a war would be taken before Iran were hit. And our military leaders have served notice over and over: This next war would be different from the previous wars — we would react with full force. Translation: We know that Hezbollah has hidden its rockets in civilian areas, and Hezbollah will bear responsibility for this. We will take out rocket storage sites and launching sites with maximum speed to prevent injury to the Israeli population. Hezbollah’s capacity to attack would be as thoroughly and speedily immobilized as possible.

But in the end it may be that threats by Nasrallah are just bombast at this point. Hezbollah is thoroughly enmeshed in the Syrian civil war, has taken a beating there — with many fighters lost, is already facing anger from other Lebanese, and may be in no mood to take on Israel at Iran’s instructions. Hezbollah leaders are already irked at Iran for the responsibility placed on them to help Assad.

And so, it could be that from this perspective, this is the time to hit Iran.


Having said all of this, let me totally switch gears and share news sure to bring a smile.

Remember Adelle Biton, the little girl — now three — who was critically injured in March when rocks were thrown at her mother’s car? One hit her head directly and she was rendered unconscious for an extended period of time. Her family sat by her bedside constantly praying and talking to her — always expressing hope for the future. Her mother, Adva, is a woman of enormous spiritual strength.

After two and a half months in intensive care, Adelle regained consciousness and was moved to a rehabilitation facility in May. Now she received a temporary discharge to spend a Shabbat with her family. It was felt that this would be good for her recovery; she was released in a wheel chair.

Her mother, speaking to Israel Hayom, said:

“I can say that there is a difference of 180 degrees between now and our situation four months ago when Adelle was in intensive care. Adelle is now moving her limbs, moving her head, her eyes. There is certainly still a long road ahead of us, and G-d’s ways are mysterious with what he plans for us, but we are seeing a trend of improvement all the time.

“Every day we see miracles, miracles of miracles.”


Please, pray for this child: Adele Chaya Bat Adva.

Credit: Biton family


This, above, is the perfect segue for something I had already decided to write about before I even received the latest information about Adelle.

A couple of days ago, a five year old Palestinian Arab boy who was throwing rocks at cars received a great deal of media attention. That is because he was picked up by the IDF, and brought to his parents, and they were then brought to PA police.

The so-called human rights NGO, B’tselem, caught part of this on video and put it out, protesting that it is against the law to arrest a minor. Oh, those big bad Israelis.

But the child wasn’t arrested. And wasn’t charged. What is more — and this is visible on the video — he was accompanied by an older Arab boy, presumably, a relative, who held his hand.

It is quite true that he was frightened at first, and crying. And you know what? When I saw the video, my thought was, Good! If he is frightened of Israeli authorities maybe he’ll think twice about throwing rocks again. Maybe he would have caused damage, had he continued, and maybe not. And if not, maybe when he grew to be seven or eight, his arm would be stronger and he’d be more likely to cause damage to innocent Israelis.

The earlier the lesson is learned, the better. And the further the word gets out in the Palestinian Arab community that the IDF is taking this seriously now, also the better. It has become the “thing” to do, which is why there is a five year old engaged in rock throwing.

For too long the throwing of rocks, which can kill, by “children,” had been brushed off as nothing serious. And so there has been a rash of rock-throwing incidents — sometimes causing injuries and damage to vehicles — which is now being reduced because of a different IDF approach.

See here: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/169822


The Islamic Movement of Israel, northern branch, held a rally of 2,000 people today in support of Morsi in the Arab town of Kafr Kanna. They declared themselves ready to give their lives for Morsi, actually — which I take as over-inflated rhetoric and no more.

The leader of this movement, Sheikh Raed Salah, is really bad news.

What amused me is the charge of the crowd — as reported by YNet — that America had responsibility for Morsi’s fall.


Rather incredible, considering what Obama’s position has been. Some days you can’t win. But there’s a cardinal lesson here: radical Islamists are anti-Western. Period. Don’t bother them with the facts.


Meanwhile, the Egyptian public prosecutor has announced the opening of a criminal investigation because of charges leveled against Morsi regarding spying, inciting violence, and more. Charges are likely to follow. I will be quite astonished if they do not.


In Syria, there have been clashes in the north between various rebel groups — the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and an al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). While the FSA is focused on the nationalist goal of taking down Assad, ISIS is promoting such Islamic goals as the imposition of sharia law and taking on enemies of Islam, including Israel.

According to one report, “dozens” of FSA fighters were killed recently by ISIS, after which the FSA battalion chief was beheaded.



But please note, “SIS fighters attempted to seize weapons from a local FSA battalion.”


So, is Obama not aware of this, or does he not care?

Yesterday, in a phone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, it is reported by Reuters, the president assured him that he is still committed to sending arms to the rebels.

(As I reported recently), the deployment of these weapons has been held up by members of Congress afraid that they might end of in the hands of Islamists. A good call.


Maybe Obama doesn’t want to be bothered with the facts either.