Edward Snowden is a brave person (see link below). He has revealed a monster of an abuse of the Constitution and freedom in general by a secretive governmental organization. I applaud his actions! But in the long run I doubt it will do any good. This is only another chapter in a power-book written by non-elected bureaucrats. I remember the East German joke from the sixties: an East German is standing at the rail of a ship coming into New York Harbor. Standing next to him is an American, who proudly points out the Statue of Liberty. The German replies, “Oh, yes, we do the same thing in our country: we too raise statues to our dead heroes.” In the sixties that joke was communist propaganda, now it’s reality.
Snowden and men like him are brave men who risk everything to wake up people and defend the Freedom and Liberty. I often ask the question: do I have moral right to do any less? Well, since I do not have access to relevant information or any of the levers of power to be able to influence any malfeasance engaged in by this government, all I try to do is to be aware and speak out whenever I can. This, of course is not enough by any stretch of imagination, however, it will do, for now. The games go on, we’ll do the kabuki dance and people will be given a free bread… move on, nothing to see here, while the Constitutional Republic is dying and nearly gone. This administration may be remembered as the most corrupt and pivotal in the demise of the Constitutional Republic. As Alice in Wonderland would say, “It gets curiouser and curiouser.”
The only optimistic thing I can see in this latest exposé is that it has triggered a lot of protests: at least not everyone, not even all the politicians in the government, is indifferent to this latest outrage. Naturally, the ACLU is screaming, but even some members of Congress are concerned about this. Of course, I doubt if it will make any practical difference; but one can always hope… without expecting anything.
There is a possible partial solution, however and it could be applied successfully today. A modern day defenestration. All of us know someone who works for some governmental outfit. We can reason and argue with them – no matter what the politics. It would be hard, given their monetary and other privileges. However, if enough may be persuaded, things can change. It is time to end the rule of bureaucrats. Let’s defenestrate and send them home via the manure pile.
Our Independence Day of 2013 celebration is near and it will be a solemn one. I think a deep reflection is in order. What do we want this country of ours to become? Is the United States of America still the beacon of hope and liberty for all the humanity? Have we succumbed to our affluence and became petty consumers of pop-culture and pseudo-sciences? Are we consumed by demands of more superficial privileges and “free” stuff without proper accounting and responsibility?
Here’s what Cicero says about taking from some to give to others:
“…those who injure some that they may be generous to others are guilty of the same wrong as if they were to seize another man’s goods for their own. And yet there are many, and those indeed desirous of splendor and glory, who take from some that they may give to others, and then think that they will be seen to benefit their own friends if they enrich them by any means whatsoever.”
From our Washington correspondent
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“A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012. Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts. While no malicious code was found, forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.
This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion.
CBS News is taking steps to identify the responsible party and their method of access.”
What has she done to deserve this?