Ed Snowden took off over the unbelieving eyes of the US government ambassador and intelliegence officials after they had made an official request for his extradition back to the US on espionage charges. Thinking they had all the i's dotted and t's crossed the Hong Kong Chinese requested more clarification as the plane was literally wheels up from Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok (No, it's not a new Hong Kong lap dance) Airport on it's way to Moscow.
Snowden was flanked by a Wikki Leaks legal team who plan to accompany him to his final place of political asylum, the democracy of Ecuador, or perhaps Venezuela (as opposed to the Republic of the US.)
The Mozilla Firefox start page now has a statement to remind us all: "Security and privacy are not optional. Stand with a broad coalition to demand that the NSA stop watching us: (go to) stopwatching.us"
Ed Snowden is a true patriot because he brought the light of day to these NSA programs that allow spying on US citizens for any purpose with a rubber stamp court. As a result, these government programs must face a debate in the light of day. As a result, also, it has been released that the FBI is indeed spying on US citizens with it's own drones, something Obama and the AG have blatantly denied.
The Obama Administration and it's predecessors (Mostly W. Bush) have sold us all down the river in the name of profitable corporate stability, saying it is keeping us all safe from terrorism. There are no liberal or independent senators and representatives (Pelosi, Feinstein, Sanders) who feel any differently. Rand Paul, the conservative Libertarian heir of father Sen. Ron Paul is the new champion of freedom. We have the lost the war on terrorism at the cost all that is dear to us:
OUR LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF OUR HAPPINESS!
And a narrow majority of Americans agree. How pathetic!!! Oh sure, nothing really changes until it changes, but how would you like to wake up one day and find out that Stewart and Colbert had been canceled because they were traitors and Fox News was the new orthodoxy?
"First they came for the Jewish comedians, and I did nothing..."
But they can't find him. Public opinion is almost split about prosecution. Would love to have a poll among deadheads to know if they would have moved to prosecute. My gut tells me no, but there is reactionary bulge in the demographic that is hard to predict.
One thing is clear. Obama and the rest of our rulers believe in: INFORMATION! From drones, mechanical insects and anywhere else they can get it.
But only in special situations, so, you know, don't worry, be happy! (This after Obama & his AG said "NO"
Pulling for the Blackhawks next! Congratulations Miami!
lol! I, too, am waiting for that other shoe to fall. I do think people are way too much asleep on the government end but the private hackers are frightening. Even if compromising your private data is just a way to make points in the business world as when Heartland Payment (a credit processor) got it's servers hacked to the tune of 150,000,000 identities. Just to make a point to it's blowhard CEO. Bob Carr.
(The point was: Banks rule the credit processing business, not a processing company). In the end we're screwed every way we turn, even by sweatshop Chinese hackers who just want to sell driver's licenses!
Bad news stats.? I It'll cost you about a million dollars to get your identity back unless you have well-crafted big-cap ID theft insurance.
creative piece of writing, Anna. Thank you. Honestly, what concerns me more than anything on a daily basis is hacking and identity thieves. I'm waiting for the day that I really need to use a credit card and it won't go through. Months of phone calls, written letters and forms to fill out because some college kid with time on his hands and a hacker's program wiped out my credit history and my bank account. If the NSA wants to spy on my emails and phone conversations - let 'em. They'll need a handful of No Doze and a strong pot of coffee because my daily life is a total snoozer. The most exciting thing I look forward to is my son's baseball games and checking out dead.net. And with the inevitable advent of drones it just seems like there's no privacy anymore.....anywhere, indoors or out.
I like what Gustavo said to Walt on Breaking Bad, "I hide in plain sight, just like you." It's pretty much the only option left.
* But you get the awards for not having quite turned into sheeple yet!
Bahhh-ahhh. Maaaaaa-aaahhhhhh. Naaaahaaahhhhhh!
let this be a lesson to all, stay off of Facebook, Twitter and especially Dead.net! Make sure all your "gardening supplies" and GD tickets are paid for in cash only and if you drive a 19 yr. old piece of shit like I do that's lucky to make it out of the driveway, much less to my destination, you don't have to worry about car computer surveillance.
On second thought, they can have my car - their loss, not mine. I'll just hop a ride on an Amish buggy since I get stuck behind them quite often anyway.
With all of these new and exciting revelations of big brother electronic shenanigans, the Amish simply don't know what they're missin'. :))))
Anna, please tell me this is a joke. Do you have a link to an article or something I can read regarding this nonsense?
With a speech by Obama to the largely unemployed youth of Ireland and Europe saying "We in America had a different approach to austerity that has not involved so much suffering for the working and middle class.
It is laughable. The American view is always short term. If we bail out investment banks and every company "too big to fail" while printing vast quantities of paper money that other countries continue to believe has worth and concentrate that useless paper in the hands of corporate treasuries they will indeed continue to grow jobs as long as the huge pile of surplus cash is spent slowly and wisely enough not to create inflation and bring in reasonable profits, quarter to quarter, as far as the eye can see (and the dollar and bond market remain afloat.
Give the money to the rich elites. They know what to do with it. Until they don't. And what we could have done? Well, let's not talk about infrastructure and arts and social programs and health care and the environment. They aren't important.
Fracturing and raping the Earth to employ the American working class outweighs all else.
Immigration reform? NSA omni-surveillance? Please, don't bother me. I have to check the box to put 10% of my paycheck into a 401k from which I'll draw a .05% profit from, after the tax break and company match. Medicare? A fading memory after Obama gives tax dollars to health care corporations.
So listen up 56% of unemplyed youth in Europe, WE'VE got it fright! I mean right! Err - ughh, we see the light!