By Michael Lotfi,

According to Reuters, British law enforcement agencies are investigating whether Guardian newspaper staff should be investigated for terrorism offenses over their handling of data leaked by Edward Snowden, Britain’s senior counter-terrorism officer said on Tuesday.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, was summoned to give evidence at a parliamentary inquiry. He was accused by lawmakers of assisting terrorists by making top secret information public and sharing it with other news organizations.

Several other news sources also published the leaks provided by Edward Snowden, National Security Agency (NSA) contractor.

The leaks also include Britain’s spy agency, GCHQ.

According to law enforcement, data obtained by Snowden contains information on spies, which could put their lives at risk.

Lawmakers told Rusbridger that he had committed an offence under Section 58A of the Terrorism Act. This section makes it a crime to publish or communicate any information about members of the armed forces or intelligence services.

Glen Greenwald is the former Guardian journalist credited with first publishing the Snowden NSA leaks.

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Michael Lotfi

CEO, Political Director at BrandFire Consulting LLC
Michael Lotfi is a Persian-American political analyst and adviser living in Nashville, Tennessee. Lotfi is the founder and CEO of BrandFire Consulting LLC. The firm specializes in public and private technology centered brand development, lead generation, data aggregation, online fundraising, social media, advertising, content generation, public relations, constituency management systems, print and more. Lotfi is the former executive state director for the Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center, a think-tank focused on restraining federal overreach.Lotfi graduated with top honors from Belmont University, a private Christian university located in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  • TMac

    so if anything you can say can be linked by a guy, who knew a guy, who knew a guy, that also knew a guy, who heard about what a guy did on the battlefield, then you can be charged with aiding terrorism.

    • Nite Lite

      You don’t even have to know anybody. You could say the wrong thing on Farcebook or mutter a joke on the subway. You could just look seedy to somebody else. The “every day Joe” probably scares the US Govt more than the terrorists do.

  • Richard

    I believe this is why they created such things as the Patriot Act.

    Many people believe they did it to strip us of our rights, which may be true, but I believe they did it mostly so they could get away with covering up their war crimes in the name of safety.

  • joshoptic

    Oh boy. That law is vaguely worded.

  • Herbert Napp


  • Svein Michaelsen

    Yeah, that’s great. Prosecute the heroes that are alerting the public of government, banking, military industry and big corporation corruption. But those that actually commit the crimes should go free, no prosecution what so ever. Yeah, that makes sense… This law is used to protect the financial terrorists and corrupt elite, not the common people.

  • Ward Damon Hubbard

    The NSA believes that they alone is in charge of the “security” of the entire planet, and in doing so, can supersede governments, laws personal freedom or liberty at will by using the FISA court to somehow give the appearance of “due process and oversight accountable” here in the US, the United Kingdom has it’s own bastardized version of the patriot act they are using to go after the journalist, they are trying to make any and all information Snowden has a poison in hopes to stifle any information from being released, this ruling class seems to have a lot at stake here, not just in the UK, but here at home also, it’s amazing that they (UK) seem to be just fine with the operational tactic of the NSA spying on EVERY government and it’s leadership, I guess that stiff British stiff upper lip must have some crap on it from having their nose up the NSA behind

  • Matthew Bryan Chadbourne

    He leaked info about the NSA spying on us (US citizens) and our allies (people who’re supposed to be our friends)….so by saying that the Guardian was “assisting terrorists,” are they calling us terrorists? Are WE the enemy now?

    • I am not anonymous blog.

      We have known this for a while right?

    • CriticalThinking101

      We do run around bullying the world, invading and occupying countries, and trying to tell them how to live…

      • dktne

        The US public does not, the politicians bribed by the banks and war companies order the military at the time to .. the country is not corrupt but the system needs serious repairs to stop letting corrupt ppl in and continue to be in

        • CriticalThinking101

          How many people supported the Iraq war? Quite a few… How many people of the public joined post 9/11 to go “fight for our freedom?” Quite a few…

      • g.johnon

        and when they push back, the gov calls them terrorists and a threat to American freedom. I would like to say that it can’t get much sicker than that, but I am afraid I would be wrong.

    • Laurita Petry-Dominick

      We have been their enemy for quite some time….fear and ignorance makes people sheeple….and every man, woman, and child that educates themselves with the truth and passes it on will also be their enemy…as the saying goes “I would rather go down standing…than spend the rest of my life on my knees”.

  • Jeremy Nusser

    Welcome to the New World Order.

  • Not Bob

    IngSoc is in full force, 1984 has happened just a few decades late!

    • CriticalThinking101

      No, its not late…people are just waking up.

      • Not Bob

        Really ? Televisions that spy on from the wall ? All communications monitored, history rewritten, no freedom to associate, the daily 2 minute hate – its all happening right now!

        • CriticalThinking101

          It’s been happening for a long time…especially the “re-writing” of history. Remember the fairness doctrine? That was a limitation on freedom of speech…happened a long time ago. 16th amendment, taxes…a restriction of freedom….long time ago. 17th amendment…a taking away of states rights…long time ago. Gun Control acts of 1934 and 1968…a taking away of right to arms…long time ago. The 20th century is full of an infringement of rights and the people bowing down and supporting it.

          • Not Bob

            Yes the encroaching fascism has been creeping along for a long time. The technology to accomplish Orwells nightmare in the way he described is just now reaching maturity. Managing a large all seeing technocratic police state was never as possible as it is right now. The thought police really are at a point through personality profiling and activity analysis on an individual basis has not been possible until the last 2 decades. Think what McCarthy would have done with the NSA PRISM program and a microphone and camera on every phone !

          • g.johnon

            how did you manage to leave the federal reserve act out of that?

        • Nite Lite

          This has all been in the planning for a very long time…Bush and Obama have just kicked it all up a gear or two. The US is in the process of strengthening its jurisdiction in other countries. In otherwords there may be a time when Brits, Aussies, etc will fall under an umbrella of an NDAA type law. Case in point – Assange is an Australian citizen.

      • jason smith

        What actions can we take?

        • Nite Lite

          Supporting this website and the few others like it. Get the word out, keep the conversation open. There may come a time when social media gets even more “controlled” so take advantage of the fact that NOW is the time to communicate.

    • drparadox

      Actually Orwell sent the final manuscript to the publisher in 1948. So the title “1984” is just a reversal of that year (1948). The 1984 date isn’t significant, it just means the story is taking place in the future.

      In the story no one knows what the real date is… so if Big Brother wants it to be 1984, it’s the year “1984” repeated for a 1000 years or more.

      • Not Bob

        Yes, I am aware – it was sarcasm

  • Drew R

    War is Peace
    Freedom is Slavery
    Ignorance is Strength

    Whistle-blowing is Terrorism

  • edwardhoward

    The stick and carrot approach. Threaten/hassle those that don’t tow the statist position while granting privilege (access) to those that do. I am shocked! :)

  • Steve Sordoni

    What nonsense. Greenwald has freedom of press. These “lawmakers” should be charged with conspiracy to violate the first ammendment. Buncha tyrants!

    • Touchet

      Whose gonna stop them? And please don’t say you’ll “vote them out”. I’ll laugh right in your face.

    • asdf

      “Greenwald has freedom of press. These lawmakers should be charged with conspiracy to violate the first amendment.”

      You mean the First Amendment to the United States Constitution? The “British law enforcement agencies” aren’t required to follow the US constitution, and the UK doesn’t have freedom of the press.

      • Juan

        You guys are still trying to dodge the damn BBC television tax man’s constant harassment…

  • jason smith

    Ben told us this would happen months, possibly years ago and it is happening. Wish I knew what I could do besides preach to family and friends that don’t have time for reality.

    • Not Bob

      Resist, do not cooperate with any government bureaucrat, file an extension on your taxes or dont pay them at all depending on how ballsy your are. Do not cooperate, if there is a way to do a thing without permission take that way. Do not speak to cops, do not be cheerful or friendly to anyone working for the machine, do not act like working for a local or state government is a respectable job. Being the local dog catcher is just as bad as working for the NSA, its part of the system of tyranny.

  • Juan

    The only terrorizing that has gone on is the damn NSA acting like the German Stasi…

    • Not Bob

      The local militarized police are an extension of the NSA and the system that it supports and every dog catcher and licensing office in every small town Nationwide is part of the tyranny.

    • Bryan Garcia

      I agree Juan! How is telling the truth “terrorism”. With all the political correctness going governments are confused with what’s real terrorism and what’s not!

  • benary

    This Jewluminati theater “happened” to “break” immediately when Bilderberg adjourned and was sung from the highest places of the world’s Jewish-run media, whereas a lead NSA dude declared the same obvious thing a year earlier and it was only covered by RT. Who is the hero? A rich, homosexual Jew – controlling the opposition. Rich, homosexual, and Jew are each a red flag in themselves. The likelihood that he is an Illuminati conspirator Jew is, very easily calculated, exactly 98.3%. He is a rags to riches Jew like Bloomberg (whom – Wikipediasrael labored to research for us – made his fortune as a poor parking-lot attendant boy). Homosexuality is a prime tenant in the Jewluminatiwood psy-op – taking our BPA, fluoride, vaccines, and Hollywoodrael “videos for the family” amply neutered we tight-pants-wearing, silk-voiced, wrist flapping gay college men and drag your unwieldy balls, pocket chain, tipped heavy-equipment hatted dyke females. Ride the psy-op Swann train.

    • Mark Burley

      Oh yes very ironic ha ha (gets slightly scared) you are being ironic aren’t you?

  • Rework Oh Ryan

    “Truth is treason in an empire of lies”. Once again, Ron Paul was spot on

  • Laurita Petry-Dominick

    If they charge them with assisting terrorist….they should walk right on up to the White House and arrest the current president and prosecute him because he really does it for real…and that man wouldn’t know the truth if it smacked him in the face….

  • Mark Burley

    They should only put out the newspeak they are told to print they are non persons they should be put in Guantanamo and have a boot stamping on their faces for all time!