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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Enemy Within

-- By Tom Phillips

Republican  Congressman Peter King, former chairman of the Homeland Security committee, says it came as a complete surprise when a 29-year-old intelligence analyst went public with the news that the National Security Agency is collecting the phone records of millions of Americans.   How could this happen? King wondered.  Were there warning signs?  Were there issues in his background?   

Others were not so surprised.  With a criminal investigation underway against NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, and a court-martial in progress against 25-year-old army private Bradley Manning, who released a huge archive of military secrets to Wikileaks, it has become clear that the greatest threat to America’s security is not al Qaeda, or Iran, or any foreigners.  It is Americans under thirty.  You just can’t trust them.