Total surveillance

I have been collecting articles on the NSA ever since the story broke in the Guardian a few weeks ago. Mr. Snowden is a saint and a hero, and his continued existence is itself emblematic that resistance to the Empire is still possible. 

Lesser beings like myself, who have looked into this, discover with horror that what has been made public is only the tip of the iceberg. We scratch our heads wondering what we can do. At least countries around the world have expressed their outrage. Check out China:

China’s state newspaper, The People’s Daily, wrote: “The United States has gone from a model of human rights to an eavesdropper on personal privacy, the manipulator of the centralized power over the international internet, and the mad invader of other countries’ networks. . . The world will remember Edward Snowden. It was his fearlessness that tore off Washington’s sanctimonious mask.” [thank you Paul Craig Roberts,]

That fiery old man, Paul Craig Roberts goes on to say:

Let’s quit calling the NSA the National Security Agency. Clearly, NSA is a threat to the security of every person in the entire world. Let’s call the NSA what it really is–the National Stasi Agency, the largest collection of Gestapo in human history. You can take for granted that every media whore, every government prostitute, every ignorant flag-waver who declares Snowden to be a traitor is either brainwashed or blackmailed. They are the protectors of NSA tyranny. They are our enemies.

But what intrigues me most is this phrase he supplies from Der Spiegel: “a monitored human being is not a free one.”   

Why is being monitored a problem? Most people I have talked to just shrug their shoulders. It’s all right, they say, I’m not doing anything illegal, and besides it is protecting us against terrorists. My reply is that the power to watch us also is the power to make us disappear, or die of natural causes, or accidentally. Reason? Whimsical? Circumstantial? Political?  It’s only one life, one meat machine.

A power that keeps our elected officials, our people, and the world, under their watchful judgmental eye is a power that must be dismantled. 



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