Edward Snowden NSA Leaker

Born on the 21st of June 1983, Edward Snowden was a former CIA employee and a former contractor with the NSA. Snowden’s career path has been an interesting one – from being a security guard in the NSA to an information technology expert in the CIA and back to an IT subcontractor with the NSA. He was still working with the NSA as a computer specialist when he made a decision that changed his life forever.

He initiated several NSA leaks and disclosed highly classified information on global surveillance apparatus of the NSA and other international partners. Till date, his release of the classified material has been regarded as the highest information leak in the history of America. These series of exposures began in June 2013, when internet surveillance programs such as Tempora, XKeyscore, and PRISM were revealed by Edward, who had access to such data. The documents contain private and highly secretive information of people culled from various databases in the internet.
While still working for the NSA in their Hawaii office, Edward became aware of some government programs that were designed to spy on American citizens via internet use and phone calls. He felt that the government was bridging the rights of its citizens and the idea of revealing this information to the public got to his head. Later, he began copying the top secret data that contains surveillance information he found disturbing and invasive.

After compiling a huge amount of this information, he collected a leave of absence from his supervisor with the false intent of going for epilepsy treatment that was diagnosed on him. He leaked the report on the documents to the Washington Post and The Guardian while being after several weeks of contemplation. A tiny part of these documents were published by the Guardian in November 2013, and they said “the worst part of the document is still yet to come”
This revelation made Snowden a controversial figure as a lot of people see him as a patriot, while so many others see him as a traitor. When asked the reason why he had to reveal this information, he explained that he wanted to let the public know what is done against them and what is done in their name. This disclosure has fuelled worries over government secrecy, mass surveillance, and the balance between information privacy and national security.

Edward Snowden is in temporary asylum in Russia and is wanted by his country (U.S.A) for spying and theft of government property.

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Dick Cheney Is A War Monster

Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney is regarded as the most powerful and influential person ever to hold the office of the vice president. He was born on the 30th of January 1941 and became the vice president of the United States under President George Bush from 2001 to 2009.

Early Life And Political Career

Dick Cheney was born in Nebraska to an Irish, Welsh, and English ancestry. He went to Calvert Elementary School before attending the University of Wyoming. He obtained his first and second degrees in political science from the university and ventured into politics in 1969 as an intern during the Richards Dixon administration. In the following years, he held different positions in the government and later became deputy assistant to President Gerald Ford from 1974 to 1975. He also succeeded Donald Rumsfeld as White House Chief of Staff in 1975. Cheney has a long history of cardiovascular disease, which made people doubt whether he was fit enough to hold a position in the government.
In the administration of President George H. Bush, he was appointed as the secretary of Defense and served from 1989 to 1999, overseeing several reforms in the process, including the Operation Desert Storm in 1991. He left government during the administration of President Bill Clinton and became CEO and chairman of Halliburton Company between 1995 and 2000.

In 2000, Dick Cheney came back into government and was selected as the running mate of George W. Bush in the presidential election in 2000. He and George W. Bush won the election as they defeated their democratic counterparts, Senator Joe Lieberman and Vice president Al Gore, in the election. He was reelected to the vice presidential office for the second term in 2004 after defeating Senator John Edwards and Senator John Kerry. Cheney played a very important role in President Bush’s administration, orchestrating several policies and supporting his stance on terrorism. He was a strong advocator of the Iraq war and strongly supported Bush’s administration’s defense on terrorism.

However, he and president bush had different views on gay marriage as he was in support of its legality. Also, he received a lot of criticisms for supporting certain policies during the President Bush administration, including the “Enhanced Interrogation techniques”, NSA Wiretapping, and “War on Terror”. He was in effect the man in charge of the American battles in the wars since 9/11.

Cheney published a political and personal Memoir and documented his times in politics and as the vice president of the United States. He is known for his charisma is regarded as the most influential person to ever hold the office of the Vice President in the entire history of the United States.

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Mischief at the Voting Polls and the 2012 Presidential Election

Mischief at the Voting Polls and the 2012 Presidential Election

Voting is significantly more legitimate and true than it once was, especially during the 2004 Bush and Kerry election in which many ballots went missing or were left unaccounted for. And with the amount of election watchdogs out there today to retain the integrity of the civic process at the voting polls, one would think that this security, along with about 200 years of perfecting its trade would make it foolproof. This, however, is simply not the case.

A candidate receiving an outlying percentage of votes is strange, but losing by a long shot is sometimes part of the game, but receiving absolutely no votes from one single person spawns suspicion that a grade school pupil could sense. In 59 Philadelphia voting divisions during the 2012 presidential election, not one single vote was cast for President-Elect Mitt Romney. This sparked Republican backlash imploring a need for voter ID laws which were greatly debated.

To Samuel L. Jackson, pulp fiction star, politics is not a factor in the voting polls, but rather an issue of making a point, of taking advantage, of color when he said: “I voted for Barack Obama because he’s black.” A Maine Republican chairman voiced suspicion of voter fraud when a large number of African Americans were casting their vote in rural counties–even in those where the percentage of black population is less than a single percent. It’s likely that too many votes of color strike up too many suspicious votes.

Using fake names for voting applications in order to participate in voting polls also is an indicator of mischief and fraud. A Fox News reporter during the week of elections reported that a total of 200 fake voter cards in Hamilton County, Ohio had been submitted, many with undocumented and absurd names such as Adolf Hitler. Although the applications are reviewed before any official business is done, the threat remains.

Finally, when there is a 140% voter turnout which is exactly what happened in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, that seems like something a little less than realistic. However, no ill will was intended except a mistake by submitting two parts of a ballot separately.

While many tactics of voting fraud such as electorate manipulation, disenfranchisement, intimidation, ballot stuffing, confusing ballot papers, mis-recording of votes, vote buying, misuse of proxy votes, misinformation, destruction or invalidation of ballots, and tampering with electronic voting machines used in less-than-desirable countries and those less fortunate is not typically a reality in the American democratic system, it still happens. Many solutions include ballot recount and heightened security measures including check IDs and securing ballot boxes.

Today only 33% of people feel there is a justified concern for voter fraud, but analyzing the statistics and appropriate trait attribution to states and the people of a nation can help to make voting the honest act it was intended to be.