They seek him here they seek him there . .

The saga of the United States Justice Department attempting to lay their hands on Edward Snowden continues. I’m reminded of a popular book and play.

The Scarlet Pimpernell character

Is Edward Snowden the modern Pimpernell?

They seek him here, they seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven? — Is he in hell?
That damned, elusive Pimpernel!

In a separate song from the musical, the partial lyrics;

We all are caught in the middle
of one long treacherous riddle.
Can I trust you?
Should you trust me too?

We shamble on through this hell
taking on more secrets to sell
’til there comes a day
when we sell our souls away.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama (Photo credit: jamesomalley)

Meanwhile President Obama unveiled the most ambitious plan to counter climate change;  announced he was imposing the first-ever limits on carbon emissions from power plants, the single largest source of pollution in the US. It’s interesting to see how much more damage to the economy this President can impose before he leaves office.

A recent quote from Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones at Verizon Center: “I don’t think President Obama is here tonight… But I’m sure he’s listening in.”

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2 thoughts on “They seek him here they seek him there . .

  1. Ike Jakson

    Do they tell what they want from the guy? Or is it like the dog chasing the train with no idea what to do when he does manage to catch it? I enjoyed the reference sources that you used to compose an excellent piece. IkeJ

    1. Mike Livingston Post author

      After watching the dust settle for awhile it appears the biggest problem the U.S. Intelligence committee has with him is how bad he makes them look.

      First, he breaches security to the point where he’s able to download information on a flash drive. I’ve read some reports which say he has 4 laptops with ‘sensitive data’ on them. That makes their security appear as effective as the ACME products were for Wiley Coyote to catch the Road Runner.

      Secondly, he manages to skip town and travel to Hong Kong and only after he reveals the NSA philosophy of spy tactics, ie., suck up everything to big storage and ignore national and international distinctions, the U.S. revokes his passport.

      After leaving Hong Kong and traveling to Russia, Snowden reveals how impotent the U.S. espionage program as the U.S. resorts first to begging then to demanding his return. During the cold war, he would have gone the way of Jimmy Hoffa. This is even more revealing when you realize how bureaucratic and techno-centered we’ve become. We don’t have well placed operatives as once were and after the bomb detonations in Boston, the huge addition of Homeland Security along with FBI were inadequate in prevention. This was even after the Russians told us about the two brothers.

      All of this shows the U.S. collects a whole lot of data but is unable to use it adequately and can’t even keep their data from walking out the door with their own contractors.

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