Edward Snowden has admitted that he is the whistleblower who leaked the story of the United States government’s rampant spying on its citizens. He is a low ranking NSA analyst whose admission makes him a true American hero. He may have broken his oath to the company he worked for, but he is NOT a law breaker as the government would have us believe.
Fully aware of the consequences of his actions Snowden has decided to follow the path of a true hero and patriot. He is willing to give his life, so that men and women can live free. I salute Snowden’s bravery and spit on those who say otherwise. In the end time will tell if Snowden’s actions were warranted, or if he was just being naive.
For those who are not familiar with, or would like to pretend it does not exist, the 4th Amendment below is quite clear.
Amendment IV to the U.S. Constitution
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The following is an except from the interview with Edward Snowden.
James R. Clapper Jr., the Director of National Intelligence, said on Saturday June 8, 2013, that the NSA had initiated a Justice Department investigation into who leaked the information. He continued by saying,
Because of Clapper’s whining, and contemptuous view towards the Constitution, I demand his resignation. In fact, I demand the resignation of any President, adviser, or government official who believes this behavior is acceptable. Our forefathers gave their lives against these sorts of tactics, and those who see otherwise have no business representing the American people. Since George W Bush declared war on terrorism, we have digressed to a point where fear overrules morality, legality, and common decency.
The United States lost its soul with George W Bush
George W. Bush, the war criminal, started us down this slippery slope when he set up Homeland Security. The erosion of our liberties took hold soon after Bush callously exclaimed to the world, “You are either with us or against us!” Those in this country who disagreed with his tactics were immediately labeled as traitors.
Rather than putting an end to these practices, Barack Obama has embraced them. In fact he has stepped them up to a whole new level, with predator drones and the further erosion of our civil liberties. Our “War on Terrorism” is as effective as our war on drugs and prostitution. Rather than treating the causes we go after the symptoms.
While I will not say that our war on drugs and prostitution have ensured a new generation of prostitutes and drug addicts, I will say that our war on terrorism has certainly given rise to a whole new generation of people who hate us. With all that has been said and done, how are any of those wars working out for us?
The argument being used, that spying on everyone keeps people safe, is the same argument that was used by the Nazis. Before the Nazis ran wild against their own people, and the rest of the world, they were also aided by German companies, ready and willing to do their bidding. There are certainly people in the world willing to do harm to this country. However, if we continue to declare war against a world that does not agree with us completely, that world will eventually rise up against us.
The fact that our government has been gathering intelligence illegally is certainly unconstitutional. However, the newest revelation that our government has arbitrarily come up with laws that are to be kept from the public is especially heinous. Companies that inform the public of government wrongdoings are now breaking the law and face prosecution. This practice smacks of fascism and must end immediately! It also must not be obeyed – period.
Internet and telecommunication companies who remained silent to criminal acts by the government are either gutless or just as corrupt as the government they work for. Company excuses, that they cannot divulge this activity because of some secret law, must be seen for what it is. As the government demands free reign over our lives they enable communication companies to gain the same access. What was unthinkable a few years ago is now acceptable practice. Companies that gather information for the government use this access for their own purposes. For their cooperation they are free from prosecution, because a corrupted and fearful Congress has made it so.
Gathering massive amounts of data from an unsuspecting public is something internet companies have tried for a long time. Each time their mischievous behavior was discovered, they would lose when taken to court. Now their dreams have come true and it only makes sense that they go along with the government.
How to fight back
The shallow excuses coming from Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Skype, AOL, Apple, YouTube, and PalTalk must not be believed. Any company willing to break the law at the whim of a criminal government, who has made the country fearful of every shadow, is not a company I want to deal with. I suggest that people use Google one last time for the purpose of learning the names of their competitors who have not sold us out. Switch your accounts and habits to companies that can be trusted; before it is too late.
As an alternative, see my section Starting a Revolution, and explore some of the links that teach how to use the internet anonymously. Finally, join theRevolutionCenter. Those who do so, and who accept our beliefs, will receive an email account and a promise that the government will never intimidate us to the point of turning over your records.
Benjamin Franklin said it best.