“land of the free and the home of the brave”?

  • Edward Snowden leaks information about the massive surveillance world we live in under the disguise of the “war against terror”. Minitru could not have come up with a better wording in Orwell’s nightmarish novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
  • Edward Snowden is being denounced as unpatriotic and found a “new home” in Russia – for now.
  • The judge in Bradley Manning’s case, Denise Lind, wants to consider chilling effects created by the leaks which Manning enabled, but wants the prosecution to prove those. At the same time the chilling effects by the Obama administration invoking the espionage act more than twice the times all other presidents did in the nearly one hundred years are not considered by the US press.
  • Shortly after a provider for secure email, incidentally the same Ed Snowden used, shuts down. Another one follows suit.

Where is this going? Will the second amendment of the US constitution help preventing the worst or is it too late? Unpatriotic? … hmm, wait … I have a nice quote by a not so nice person about that (emphasis mine):

Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
Hermann Göring (one of Hitler’s henchmen)

Replace pacifists with whistleblowers and suddenly it fits the current situation. How bizarre, eh?

Here are two interviews conducted by Democracy Now!:

// Oliver

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