NSA Chief: Federal legislation to end media leaks only weeks away

By: Michael Lotfi
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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 7, 2014–National Security Agency (NSA) chief executive General Keith Alexander addressed a cyber-security panel Tuesday where he proclaimed that “media leaks legislation” he introduced to prevent journalists from reporting on government surveillance programs like those leaked by Edward Snowden could reach the floor within a couple weeks.


“We’ve got to handle media leaks first,” Alexander said in report by the Guardian. “I think we are going to make headway over the next few weeks on media leaks.”

Alexander stood in support of the United Kingdom’s actions last summer when the British government detained Guardian Journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda on terrorism charges for carrying leaked data obtained by Snowden. He stated similar measures should be implemented in the USA.

“I think we are going to make headway over the next few weeks on media leaks. I am an optimist. I think if we make the right steps on the media leaks legislation, then cyber legislation will be a lot easier,” Alexander said.

Alexander has been pushing his idea for quite some time. “We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don’t know how to do that. That’s more of the courts and the policymakers but, from my perspective, it’s wrong to allow this to go on,” he told an official Defense Department blog in October.

Alexander, who is set to retire within the next few weeks, seems to have found his solution.

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Michael Lotfi

CEO, Political Director at BrandFire Consulting LLC
Michael Lotfi is a Persian-American political analyst and adviser living in Nashville, Tennessee. Lotfi is the founder and CEO of BrandFire Consulting LLC. The firm specializes in public and private technology centered brand development, lead generation, data aggregation, online fundraising, social media, advertising, content generation, public relations, constituency management systems, print and more. Lotfi is also the executive state director for the Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center, a think-tank focused on restraining federal overreach. Lotfi graduated with top honors from Belmont University, a private Christian university located in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Tony Voluntary

    Damn criminals in office.

  • Descendant deFounders

    Paul Joseph Goebbels had the same idea.

    In 12 years as Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.

    That kind of approach, while “successful” for 12 years was evil and eventually defeated with the help of our fathers who fought WWII.

    Let’s not let their fight for be of no consequence.

  • disgusted with politics

    nothing like shredding the constitution just so they don’t get into trouble for shredding the constitution

  • 1984=1776

    String him up! Hang him high for all to see!! Keith is an un-American traitor and he should be hung by the neck until dead.

  • Layla Godey

    Laws to prohibit reporting on law-breaking.

  • Chuck (Smithfix) Smith

    ..and the Republicans will ring their hands but just not be able to stop. Then they will say, Give us your money so we can fight for your liberties!” Check the record on the NDAA, it is the R’s pushing it even more than the D’s. Break your trust in the Two Party Paradigm, and let’s start with a hard look at Ron Paul. Can we talk, or do the “Pauler’s” just belong to another herd of Sheople? http://www.blogtalkradio.com/weresisters/2014/03/14/ron-paul-leading-you-or-sidetracking-you

    • Richard W.

      What in the hell? Whatever you are smoking, you should stop. It’s going to kill you with stupidity.

  • thekingofrock

    If you are not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to hide… mr government. 1st ammendment shall not be infringed!

  • Redheaded Stepchild

    So much for General Alexander’s oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, and to bear truth faith and allegiance to the same. He’s definitely gone to the dark side.

    Oath of Commissioned Officers
    I, _____, having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.” (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)

    Amendment I
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

  • pegger204

    Here comes the Gestapo! Never give up your guns Americans.

  • prpetty

    This is wrong in so many ways. Anyone who votes for this should be recalled, impeached or shot for treason and these are some of the lesser punishments I can (and am) thinking of.

  • Drew R

    Fight back with critical mass action and join the Revolution with the massive convergence of patriots in Washington DC on May 16th for Operation American Spring. The Bill of Rights are hanging by a thread. WE WILL STAND, it’s now or never. See you there on the sixteenth day of the month of May fellow patriots!

    http://www.operationamericanspring.org

  • G

    Notice the oath is to defend the constitution of the United States, which is the imposter corporation and not the United States of America the sovereign country.

    Much akin to the us flag we see with the gold fringe which is a clever imposter to our country’s true flag

  • Rook King

    They are annihilating the Bill of Rights at warp speed. Don’t vote for anybody who has not proven major opposition to this insanity.

  • DaveBeaulieu

    These criminals MUST be stopped at all costs! They are treasonous traitors to the oaths they took! Time for pitchforks and ropes!

  • Gamebob904

    It is kind of nice seeing our representatives expose themselves as the people wake up from this collective slumber. They may have gotten away with it in 2007 but in 2014 they are being watched, scrutinized, and documented by the masses. What comes next hinges on their decisions.

    My big question is this. Is a party without beer still a party? Seein’ how most people will be bringing ropes to the party (No, not rope as in slang for hemp or dope but actual ropes used for roping things) my main concern is the flow of beer during our festivities. Seeing how serious this matter is, I will do my part and bring beer……Be there or be square!!!

  • Obi-jonKenobi

    Alrighty, then, throttle the whistleblowers and the pesky press and . . . insto-presto . . problem solved. Move along, nothing more to see here.

  • Bob Loblaw

    The solution would be to stop levying a (cold) war on the country to the point that their own guys expose their treason. Retirement will not exempt you from being tried for treason or facing a firing squad for targeting Americans in a treasonous, criminal, anti-government war on the public and the rule of law.

  • cooperbry

    Listen, we can’t have the people know what we’re doing, we’re smarter than all of them.

  • http://www.joshuascottmccullough.com/ Josh McCullough

    Yeah, who cares about the Constitution, right? Just silence everyone.

  • Justice4all

    So, what to do about it?