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I had to read the entire article before I could comment, and it took awhile. It was very worth my time and energy. Thank you for pointing me to the Popular Resistance website, for one, and especially to this post about an exceptional American.
DJan, Thank you so much for taking the time to read and then comment. It's one of the most important issues of our time.
the problem with eavesdropping is thoughts gestures and feelings are not contained and words are taken out of context and may be misconstrued.; it takes a lot of guts to speak up for what one feels is right; it's never an easy road but especially in situations such as this one
The Powers That Be have made it almost impossible. Look what they did to Occupy Wall Street, making it virtually a crime to speak out.
what's it all coming to, sometimes I thank my lucky stars I'm not younger, I'd probably be in jail.
I fear I would be, as well ...
Thanks so much for linking to this excellent story. We keep learning more about the implications of what he revealed, and of course you have your own first-hand experiences. I don't think we're going to be able to push the toothpaste back into the tube, but the question is what can we do?
Resist in individual ways with our own lives ... as of today that's still possible, and support those who are on the front lines trying to make a difference, folks like Chris Hedges ... and visit those sites dedicated to truth-telling to get the news. I admit to a certain weariness over the whole thing, but that's what is counted on to forward the agenda of the power elite.
It's funny how irritated the article made me feel. I agree totally with all that the author says but I get irritated because this is the way it is in America. We condemn people for taking a stand for what is right and true and celebrate the soldiers who fight in stupid wars. I've gotten to where I really no longer think politically or about justice and fairness because it so much seems to be of no avail. In other words, I gave up hope. Because it irritated me that nothing could be done.
I would hope everyone reading it would take a way a sense of irritation ...
fyi -- I have subscribed to the Popular Resistance site newsletter. Thank you for sharing it Teresa.
It's important to feel a sense of camaraderie with folks who are working for change. I'm glad this avenue is available. Thank You!
Well said Mr. Snowden. We all owe a debt of gratitude to this courageous young man. And yes I realize that my having said so puts me in the NSA's crosshairs. But being a reader of your blog, I was likely already there. :)
Thanks for commenting, Bill. We are a subversive lot ... :)
I don't owe Snowden anything. I had always hoped and suspected the government -- my government -- had mega data on all the communications it could get its hands on. With that data, it can/could retrace (post-slaughter) the actual content of any suspicious communication. The next time someone hijacks an international airliner or shoots off a machine gun in a crowded Colorado movie theatre, I want to be confident that all stops are pulled out to get whoever enabled or assisted in these activities. I wish Snowden lives to a right old age and dies a natural death. In Russia.
I agree with you. In many places in the world Snowdon is the good guy.
In the U.S. we often fail to see things from the world's perspective. Thank you for commenting, Friko.
I feel that Snowden did what he felt was right. I feel that Snowden's actions are only part of the problem in the way current affairs are going. It takes the whole population to right the wrongs not just one person. -- barbara
I'm so grateful that he opened the door to further transparency.
Certainly what Mr. Snowden did took a great deal of courage. The responsibility of any security breach lies with the NSA because they have broken both trust and laws in their efforts to spy on everything and everyone. He made a permanent mark on the political landscape and will likely suffer the consequences for decades to come. I admire his steadfast loyalty to the truth. A hero in my book any day of the week.
I so agree with and appreciate your last two sentences especially.
I always listen to both sides- but until I have met a person for myself I reserve final judgment. That doesn't mean I am always right (I need hardly say) since I am probably not that good at drawing sensible conclusions, but somehow it makes me feel better.