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NBC Censors Snowden’s Critical 9/11 Comments from Prime Time Audience

Statements made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden regarding the 9/11 terror attacks were edited out of his NBC Nightly News interview with Brian Williams Wednesday in what appears to be an attempt to bolster legitimacy for the agency’s controversial surveillance programs.

Snowden’s comments surrounding the failure of dragnet surveillance in stopping the 9/11 attacks were censored from the prime time broadcast and instead buried in an hour long clip on NBC’s website.

“You know this is a key question that the 9/11 commission considered, and what they found in the postmortem when they looked at all the classified intelligence from all the different intelligence agencies, they found that we had all of the information we needed as an intelligence community, as a classified sector, as the national defense of the United States, to detect this plot,” Snowden said.

“We actually had records of the phone calls from the United States and out. The CIA knew who these guys were. The problem was not that we weren’t collecting information, it wasn’t that we didn’t have enough dots, it wasn’t that we didn’t have a haystack, it was that we did not understand the haystack that we had.”

NBC’s decision to bury Snowden’s comments are unsurprising given the fact that the 9/11 attacks are exhaustively used by the federal government as the prime justification for surveilling millions of innocent Americans. Snowden remarked on the government’s prior knowledge of the accused Boston bombers as well, also cut from the prime time interview.

‘If we’re missing things like the Boston Marathon bombings where all of these mass-surveillance systems, every domestic dragnet in the world, didn’t reveal guys that the Russian intelligence service told us about by name, is that really the best way to protect our country or are we trying to throw money at a magic solution that’s actually not just costing us our safety, but our rights and our way of life,” Snowden said.

Despite countless government officials pointing to 9/11 foreknowledge, whether missed or ignored, establishment media outlets have continually worked to keep such voices out of relevant reporting.

Former NSA senior executive turned whistleblower Thomas Drake, who revealed unconstitutional surveillance programs targeting Americans in 2005, has repeatedly commented on NSA intelligence that would have “undoubtedly” stopped the 9/11 attacks.

“The NSA had critical intelligence about Al Qaeda and associated movements in particular that had never been properly shared outside of NSA,” Drake said in a recent interview. “They simply did not share critical intelligence although they had it.”

In a January letter to President Obama, Drake and fellow whistleblowers William Binney, Edward Loomis, and Kirk Wiebe not only detailed the agency’s foreknowledge, but the ensuing cover-up as well.

“The sadder reality, Mr. President, is that NSA itself had enough information to prevent 9/11, but chose to sit on it rather than share it with the FBI or CIA. We know; we were there,” the letter reads. “We were witness to the many bureaucratic indignities that made NSA at least as culpable for pre-9/11 failures as are other U.S. intelligence agencies.”

Outside of the NSA, countless intelligence officials have also commented on 9/11 foreknowledge and the federal government’s attempts to stifle any investigation into negligence and wrongdoing.

Former senior intelligence officer Lt. Col Anthony Shaffer, who attempted to inform the government after identifying the two terrorist cells later charged for the 9/11 attacks in 2000 during Operation Able Danger, was attacked and demonized by the Defense Intelligence Agency after informing Congress of the agency’s refusal to act.

“I had no intention of joining the ranks of ‘whistle blowers,'” Shaffer said in 2009. “When I made my disclosure to the 9/11 commission regarding the existence of a pre 9/11 offensive counter-terrorism operation that had discovered several of the 9/11 terrorists a full year before the 9/11 attacks my intention was to simply tell the truth, and fulfill my oath of office.”

Former FBI wiretap translator Sibel Edmonds, who had access to top-secret communications, told reporters in 2004 that the FBI had detailed 9/11 foreknowledge that specifically mentioned a terrorist attack involving airplanes.

“We should have had orange or red-type of alert in June or July of 2001. There was that much information available,” Edmonds told Salon. “There was specific information about use of airplanes, that an attack was on the way two or three months beforehand and that several people were already in the country by May of 2001. They should’ve alerted the people to the threat we’re facing.”

According to Edmonds, after the 9/11 attacks, FBI supervisors ordered translators to “work slowly” in order to ensure that the agency would get larger funding the next year.

The vast number of whistleblowers in the intelligence community not only gives credence to Snowden’s comments, but also exemplifies the NSA’s illegitimate growth since 9/11.

In a desperate attempt to gain the moral high ground, Secretary of State John Kerry claimed Snowden had aided terrorists during an interview on “Good Morning America” Wednesday despite having absolutely no evidence to support his accusation.

Despite the fact that the NSA leaks have proven the agency to be involved in issues unrelated to national security, such as economic espionage, the claim of using mass surveillance to stop terrorism deteriorates even further in light of recent decisions by the Obama Administration.

In 2013, President Obama waived a federal law designed to prevent the US from arming terrorists in order to provide military support to the “Syrian rebels.” Even with Syrian Revolutionary Front leader Jamal Maarouf admitting that his fighters work alongside the Al-Qaeda aligned Jabhat al-Nusra, the Obama Administration has continued its unflinching support.

The president’s support of Al-Qaeda was so transparent during the Libyan overthrow that former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich publicly questioned why the US-backed “Libyan rebels” had placed an Al Qaeda flag over the top of the courthouse in Benghazi.

Whether it be issuing fake terror alerts, creating domestic terror plots or allowing them to take place, the national security state will undoubtedly do whatever it can to continue its unabated growth towards total information awareness.

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  1. So we have clearly established that the gov has used tragedies (I believe false flags, orchestrated tragedies) to further its agenda. 9/11 was used to expand the surveillance state, obviously, what does that say about the mass shootings? Trying to enact gun control? Trying to take our guns? Duh.

  2. Spying on Americans before 9/11: NSA Built Back Door In All Windows Software by 1999, June 27, 2013

    Jun 7, 2013 William Benny – The Government is Profiling You (The NSA is Spying on You)

    NSA stores data to target any citizen at any time – Greenwald October 29, 2013

    July 29, 2012 NSA Director Keith Alexander came to hacker gathering DefCon for the first time to recruit from the show's ranks. LAS VEGAS (CNNMoney) — Wearing a t-shirt and jeans, America's top spymaster — National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander, also the head of the U.S. Cyber Command — took the stage Friday at the nation's largest hacker convention to deliver a recruiting pitch. "In this room, this room right here, is the talent our nation needs to secure cyberspace," Alexander told the standing-room-only audience at DefCon, a grassroots gathering in Las Vegas expected to draw a record 16,000 attendees this year. "We need great talent. We don't pay as high as everybody else, but we're fun to be around."

  3. NBC sucks! Long-live the anti-media!

    Keep up the good work, Mikael!

  4. Fascist regimes always depend on propaganda machines to cover for them.

    Obama is no different.

  5. Well well well, Barry sounding more and more like a dictator. This is from 2010 but read this memo and pay particular attention to paragraph 4 i. Tell me how this is not Nazi Germany or Stalin's Russia!?

  6. Personally, I think that Edward Snowden is a hero.

    As far as NBC's selective editing, why am I not surprised?

    • Their last three viewers demand it.

    • I think he is a hero as well

    • What the author is saying is BS. I watched both the NBC nightly news with Brian Williams and the hour long segment that was aired at 10pm (which is still primetime.) The segments aired during the 30 minute nightly news were short and really just a teaser for the 1 hour special. The one hour special still only included part of the interview. The rest was on a webcast after the 10 o'clock special. If anyone was interested, ALL the information was made available. This is just one more conspiracy theory FAIL.

  7. SEPTEMBER 10, 2001 Defense Business Practices

    Secretary Rumsfeld and other officials talked with reporters about the need to refine the Defense Department’s business practices. An opening ceremony will kick off Acquisition and Logistics Excellence Week. They answered questions from members of the media

    General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned – Seven Countries In Five Years

    "This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran." I said, "Is it classified?" He said, "Yes, sir." I said, "Well, don't show it to me." And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, "You remember that?" He said, "Sir, I didn't show you that memo! I didn't show it to you!"

    Twelve Years of War, Lies and Deception Global Research, September 11, 2013

  8. Another 9/11 that rarely gets talked about and was made by the U.S.A.! Who could have known and done this? Does C.I.A. G.H.W. Bush come to mind folks?

    40th anniversary of the fascist coup in Chile—Made in the USA 11 September 2013

    Today is the fortieth anniversary of the fascist coup in Chile on 11 September 1973, when the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende was overthrown in a coup that was planned, organised and directed from Washington. The fascist coup resulted in more than 3,000 dead, 30,000 tortured, tens of thousands held in concentration camps, thousands driven into exile around the world, and political parties and trade unions banned.

  9. leaping lizard

    I found what Snowden said in the unexpurgated interview about 9/11 very interesting. When the Snowden affair first broke, I was undecided whether he was the real deal or deep cover for some group in the shadow government. I wanted to believe the former, but Jon Rappoport built a very convincing case for the latter. Snowden here is essentially saying that the various USA intelligence agencies had enough data to know of the 9/11 "attacks" well in advance but couldn't connect the dots. I am just a retired pensioner with a slow internet connection and an undergraduate degree in chemistry and physics, and I knew before the close of 2001 beyond a reasonable doubt that the apparent crash of the jetliners into Twin Towers didn't bring them down, and they were (including WTC 7), in fact, brought down by some form of controlled demolition. Whether that was nanothermite beam cutters combined with conventional explosives, micronukes, or an exotic, probably orbital, scalar weapon, or a combination of them is still open to honest investigation and debate. But the one thing we can be sure of was that it was an "inside job" and a false flag psy-ops, in which the neocons (Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc.) and the Mossad played the operational role. So thanks, Anthony, for this report. The fact that the brain dead editors at NBC should censor this portion is trivial. What is interesting is that it gives near overwhelming evidence that Snowden is a cut-out, though the overall agenda of his controllers is not clear at this point.

    • @lizard,

      Building Six.

      Building Six is all you have to talk about.

      Everyone will quickly want to change the subject.

      That, and the fact that only buildings with the WTC prefix were demolished.

  10. Alinsky Hero USA

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  11. Goodness the globalists don't even crypt their language anymore. Just openly speak of the NWO. An example:

  12. Alinsky Hero USA


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  13. Actually, those Snowden comments about 9/11 were shown today on NBC earlier this evening.

  14. I listened to the NBC broadcast. The part the author claims was edited out was actually in the story that was aired. Maybe the author didn't watch the whole thing or fell asleep through parts. I didn't. You're welcome.

  15. You have to understand the type of person who works for the NSA for three decades. They were very conservative people who held a certain world-view for most of their lives. Also, they may have their own fears regarding the 9-11 question.

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