Glenn Greenwald recently wrote a great article on The Intercept calling attention to the important points highlighted on the Nov 18th, 2015 NYT board Editorial regarding the latest terrorrist attacks in Paris and it's future possible consequences against governance transparency and human/civil rights. Here we copy the first 3 paraphs of the arcicle - but please find time to READ GLENN GREENWALD'S FULL ARTICLE @ THE INTERCEPT.
Mr. Greenwald starts his article "NYT Editorial Slams “Disgraceful” CIA Exploitation of Paris Attacks but Submissive Media Role Is Key', saying : "A truly superb New York Times editorial this morning mercilessly shames the despicable effort by U.S. government officials to shamelessly exploit the Paris attacks to advance long-standing agendas. Focused on the public campaign of the CIA to manipulate post-Paris public emotions to demonize transparency and privacy and to demand still-greater surveillance powers for themselves, the NYT editors begin:
"It’s a wretched yet predictable ritual after each new terrorist attack: Certain politicians and government officials waste no time exploiting the tragedy for their own ends. The remarks on Monday by John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, took that to a new and disgraceful low."
The editorial, which you should really read in its entirety, destroys most of the false, exploitative, blame-shifting claims uttered by U.S. officials about these issues. Because intelligence agencies knew of the attackers and received warnings, the NYT editors explain that “the problem in [stopping the Paris attacks] was not a lack of data, but a failure to act on information authorities already had.” They point out that the NSA’s mass surveillance powers to be mildly curbed by post-Snowden reforms are ineffective and, in any event, have not yet stopped. And most importantly, they document that the leader of this lowly campaign, CIA chief John Brennan, has been proven to be an inveterate liar: