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John Hiatt - Shredding the Document

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Given the topic of the day, an appropriate song from the great John Hiatt: “Shredding the Document.”

Oh, what have you done with your life?
Oh, please don’t tell me
Just shut up and go to work
‘Cause you’re interrupting me

I won’t represent the U.S.
In the Summer Olympics
My character’s questionable
My life is a broken record

I’m shredding the documents
I’m keeping my mouth shut
I’m running on radio silence
I’m letting the record speak

I’m shredding the documents
The switchboard is lighting up
I’m not taking any more calls
Well maybe from Larry King

And I don’t know who killed who
I’m having a sex change
To a woman who loves too much
My sister’s a petty thief

I doctored the evidence
Yeah it was a cover up
I wanna stay wrapped in my blanket
And never get out of bed

I’m shredding the documents
I’m keeping my mouth shut
I’m running on radio silence
I’m letting the record speak

I’m shredding the documents
The switchboard is lighting up
I’m not taking any more calls
Well maybe from Larry King

All rumor and innuendo
An Eagles reunion
The 20th century’s closing
It’s closing in on me

You know what my father said
Well I’m not gonna tell you
Some words that I try to live by
It’s none of your goddamn business

I’m shredding the documents
I’m keeping my mouth shut
I’m running on radio silence
I’m letting the record speak

I’m shredding the documents
The switchboard is lighting up
I’m not taking any more calls
Well maybe from Larry King

I’m shredding the documents
The switchboard is lighting up
I’m not taking any more calls
Well maybe from Oprah Winfrey

NSA Releases Email From Snowden: Did Not Report Abuse or Wrongdoing

Snowden was lying
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Edward Snowden claims he sent numerous emails to NSA officials and the Office of General Counsel, trying to “blow the whistle” before he decided it wasn’t working and he needed to steal as much top secret material as he could before fleeing the country.

Yesterday, after his interview with Brian Williams, NBC stated they had confirmed Snowden’s claim: Paper Trail? Email Backs Snowden’s Claim He Sent Concerns to NSA

U.S. officials once disputed NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s claim that he had raised questions about the agency’s domestic surveillance programs before he fled the U.S. with thousands of stolen documents, but now confirm that Snowden sent at least one email about the agency’s practices to officials.

In an exclusive interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, Snowden said he had warned the NSA while working as an NSA contractor that he felt the agency was overstepping its bounds.

“I actually did go through channels, and that is documented,” he asserted. “The NSA has records, they have copies of emails right now to their Office of General Counsel, to their oversight and compliance folks, from me raising concerns about the NSA’s interpretations of its legal authorities. … The response more or less, in bureaucratic language, was, ‘You should stop asking questions.’”

But guess what? The NSA now says they’ll be releasing the sole email Edward Snowden sent to the Office of General Counsel — and it has nothing to do with reporting wrongdoing or abuse.

UPDATE at 5/29/14 11:25:26 am

And here’s that email, posted at the IC On The Record blog in two images:

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 Frank says:

The essence of Christianity is told us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the tree of knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions. -- Playboy Interview, April 1993