BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY
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On this fourth of July as I sit here early in the morning I am left to think on all that is going on and the future from this moment on regarding the NSA revelations by EJ Snowden. Since coming out to Glenn Greenwald and the Guardian “We The People” have been getting the veil ripped away for us on some of the actions of our government for our “safety” from terror. Said actions have been in my opinion the end running of the constitution, the laws of the United States, and the bamboozling of the governed by the governors through the manipulation of fear and secrecy on the populace. The rubric of capturing all data to target only the wicked terrorists is a falsehood. No matter the protestations of the Clapper’s of the secret squirrel world that their machinations have defeated (X) amount of plots against us can assuage my fears that the system could and already has (by Snowden) be abused. Thus the assurance of “Trust us” by the government is hollow at the very least if not disingenuous.
It is said there are to be more revelatory things to come from “Snowman” but I think we should all be upset enough already to be storming the gates of congress seeking redress as it is. Let’s all face it, a system has been created to tap us all. No matter what is said about how it is run by laws that have been created to subvert our most basic of laws to start, the system itself presents a threat. We are now seeing congress going into action as well trying to shed some light on things that have been in fact lied about in their hearings but I fear that a combination of secrecy, our own collective apathy, and an ineptitude on the part of our representatives has already won out and this security industrial complex has rooted itself too deeply to be excised or even pruned. Know you all though, that it’s out there and that our most sovereign of ideals that our country was founded on has been tattered. Tattered by our own elected officials to “protect us” like children who cannot handle a boo boo.
Much has been made on the motivations of EJ Snowden and I will just throw my psychological hat in this ring right here and now. Given what I have seen of this man I think he has a narcissistic streak a mile wide and an active imagination that he is Jason Bourne or 007. That said though, I think his core belief here is that he was doing the right thing. I cannot fault him there because what he has shown us all is that the government is spying on us all no matter what they say. Collecting all data, saving it, and then choosing to sift through it is in fact a power that no one should have collectively on us all in one database. Think of this program as the one ring and you as Frodo.. But you have are wearing the one ring all the time and Sauron see’s your every move. Unless you go completely Luddite the government is going to have your number figuratively and literally and that is damn scary no matter the alleged protocols that they have in place.
So, now we come to the time where the attacks on Snowden, the media manipulations that go on for ratings, and the government spin makes him to be the story more so than the actual programs that he has brought to light. It is important here to not care about our boy Snowden any more than an amusing character in a larger passion play. Please consider “Snowman” the Falstaff to the Harry of the government. He is but a cipher to a larger story. Let EJ hang around in Shermeteyevo and pay him no more mind. Pay attention to the real problem here, and that is the programs that he has shown us all are out there and capturing all our data. Don’t get lost in the media derp.
Look to the Congress people! Look at history as well. If Nixon had had this technology we would have all been not only listened to but we would have become dissidents under the watchful eye of the likes of J. Edgar in some prison for having the temerity of not believing as he did. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely as the saying goes. These programs in tandem with the laws being created around them to allow for the bypassing of other laws is absolute corruption. I do not care to hear the prevarications or the finagling that the government is tap dancing to to allow these things. It’s just wrong no matter the intent and it all stems from an administration that thought that torture was legal and sought to legalize it with the Yoo Memo’s. What was it that Nixon said? “If the President does it it is not illegal” I’m sorry no, it is illegal and immoral and a beast that has been created that cannot be controlled. I look at all of this and I keep going back to Caesar. Caesar was a great general and was installed during a time of great need to have a man like him running things. He won the war and then decided that he should be ruler in perpetuity, an emperor. I think we have crossed that same Rubicon today with these programs and I fear that it will not end and they will be abused.
All hail Caesar.. SPQR