Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), the chairman of the Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats Subcommittee, lauds Snowden, defends Putin
“Snowden was just alerting us to our government getting out of hand. Russia accepting him for asylum I think was not as hostile an act as was being portrayed,” Rohrabacher said in an interview on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program. . . .Meanwhile, despite the revelations, no real changes are expected at the NSA.
Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency, said on Sunday that he doesn’t expect significant operational changes at the NSA despite an uproar over its massive surveillance programs. . . .UPDATE: Others don't think that anything would have changed without Snowden.
“To me, the most telling thing he said was perhaps something he didn’t quite say. He didn’t suggest he was going to operationally change this program,” Hayden said.
“There’s no suggestion that what he was doing or what President Bush was doing before him with regard to these programs was anything other than lawful, effective and appropriate.” . . .
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul said Sunday he doesn't believe President Barack Obama would have acted to reform National Security Agency programs were it not for the leaks from Edward Snowden.Rep. Tom McClintock has also thought that on net Snowden actions were beneficial. From The Hill newspaper:
"I see no evidence of that. "Meet the Press.".
Responding to the president's press conference on Friday announcing a suite of NSA reforms, McCaul dismissed the president's announcements as "window dressing."
"I think when the story initially broke, the president went under cover. He just finally came out last Friday trying to come up with ways to salvage the program by window dressing, forming a website, for instance, an outside group," McCaul said. . . .
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) said the Obama administration should give National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden amnesty to get him to return to the United States."I think it would be best if the American government granted him amnesty to get him back to America where he can answer questions without the threat of prosecution," McClintock told Sacramento station KCRA after a town hall last week, in an interview flagged by Buzzfeed on Monday.
"We have some very good laws against sharing secrets, and he broke those laws," McClintock said. "On the other hand, he broke them for a very good reason, because those laws were being used in direct contravention of our Fourth Amendment rights as Americans." . . .