Edward Snowden is the latest American hero and patriot to come forward and expose the widespread abuses of the US government. In this latest spate – the NSA has quietly developed a system that can ingest enormous amount of data and can, according to Snowden, “derive suspicion from an innocent life”.
He is now ensconced in a Hong Kong hotel and may seek asylum in Iceland with the help of Birgitta Jonsdottir.
Read Glenn Greenwald’s article on The Guardian and the fascinating and terrifying interview with Edward Snowden here.
This is the natural maturation of the Patriot Act. If Bush was the theory and beta testing, then Obama is the application and expansion of that theory.
Like Bradley Manning and Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden has joined the ranks of whistleblowers. Men with privileged technological access who were exposed to the rote inner workings of our government who saw profound abuses occurring as a matter of course and decided that the American people’s need to know this information trumped the price they would pay for exposing these secrets. In speaking out they lay themselves bare to extreme mental, and physical punishment, their entire lives are changed forever, their worlds are ruined.
Since Edward Snowden dropped a dime on the NSA and their accomplices (Google, Facebook, Apple, Skype, Verizon, Yahoo, PalTalk, Microsoft, AOL) members of the US Intel community have responded rather characteristically and “joked” that Snowden and Glenn Greenwald should be disappeared.
This is a false system, one that will never work for anyone who isn’t a dyed in the wool plutocrat. The government will pursue men like Snowden, like Bradley Manning; they are not held up as examples of how to behave when everyone around you keeps their mouths shut, eyes closed and heads bowed. Because the government values obedience to the exclusion of everything else. Meanwhile the men and women who have rigged our economic and political systems leaving millions of people out of homes, out of jobs, forced into hunger, money laundered for drug cartels and terrorists – y’know the actual traitors to this country – are rewarded with more money and more access and not even a whiff of accountability or consequences.
In response to this gross abuse of power and privileged access, in response to their demonization of Edward Snowden –
Let’s Jam the NSA Scanners This Wednesday, June 12th @ 7pm EDT
If millions of us, all at the same exact time, call or email someone with our “Keywords of Terror” Script, we can give our nation’s impressive surveillance apparatus the kind of test it deserves.
They say they don’t read or listen to the contents of our messages. Why not test it out?
It’ll be fun.
Info and Call/Email Script:
Edward Snowden’s Support Page: