Cracks are appearing in the faux-moral facade of Obama and the US government bureaucracy. We’ve had the Benghazi cover-up with it’s multitude of constantly shifting dishonest stories that the government thinks we’re dumb enough to believe.
The IRS bureaucracy drop the pretense of diligent non-partisan civil servants by inconveniently revealing its true modus-operandi when dealing with enemies, which is pretty much everyone.
Now it comes to head with a former NSA IT specialist having a moment of courageous moral clarity and whistle-blowing. Yes, the government literally uses Orwell’s 1984 as a blueprint for its security apparatus. I’m reminded of the feminist quip, the personal is political.
It appears that even some in the Mainstream media are beginning to question
Libertarians and conspiracy theorists of both Left and Right will never forget this moment. Already we have Glenn Beck hailing Snowden on Twitter:
Courage finally. Real. Steady. Thoughtful. Transparent. Willing to accept the consequences. Inspire w/Malice toward none.#edwardsnowden
Snowden will be a Right-wing hero as well as a Left-libertarian one. Why? First, he thought carefully about what he should release, avoiding (he says) material that would harm innocent individuals. Second, he’s formidably articulate. Quotes like the following are pure gold for opponents of Obama who’ve been accusing the President of allowing the Bush-era “surveillance state” to extend its tentacles even further:
NSA is focussed on getting intelligence wherever it can by any means possible… Increasingly we see that it’s happening domestically. The NSA specifically targets the communications of everyone, it ingests them by default, it collects them in its system and it filters them and it analyses them and it measures them and its stores them for periods of time … While they may be intending to target someone associated with a foreign government or someone they suspect of terrorism, they’re collecting your communications to do so. Any analyst at any time can target anyone…
I do not see how Obama can talk his way out of this one. Snowden is not Bradley Manning: he’s not a disturbed disco bunny but a highly articulate network security specialist who has left behind a $200,000 salary and girlfriend in Hawaii for a life on the run. He’s not a sleazy opportunist like Julian Assange, either. As he says: “I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”
Obama still has three years to go on his term. Much like Tolkien’s Saron whose life force is fundamentally linked to the One Ring. The US government bureaucracy’s life is linked to it’s extraordinary privilege aka the dieing US dollar. Which leads us to Yeats lament:
the centre cannot hold.
*UPDATE*: Apparently Zerohedge has reported that sales of George Orwell’s 1984 on Amazon has surged 6884% in the last 24hours