I don’t agree with the espionage charge against Edward Snowden. His release of classified information, information that is not purported to be particularly important but does confirm what we’ve suspected all along, the US government utilizes the means at its disposal to spy on its own citizens. I don’t care much whether it’s meta-beta-theta or pig latin, it’s still spying and it’s wrong.
Snowden is articulate. You know how I feel about that. I’m an intellect groupie. I can’t help myself. Snowden is self-possesed, calm, and intelligent. He has convictions. If he sold whatever it is he has to the Chinese, Japanese, or little green men from outer space he’s no different than the elected elite, selling our security for their own enrichment. He didn’t tell us anything we haven’t known all along, what he did was tell us in a way that engaged our full attention for longer than a sound bite.
Meanwhile, Bradley Manning’s court martial continues and he is being nominated for a Nobel. I wrote about Bradley Manning in April 2012. I have since changed my opinion and believe that I was wrong to allow myself to be led as a part of bovine nation (my apologies to the stately cow) to the trough of government propaganda where I swallowed every word the media fed me.
American Justice, the oxymoron that destroyed a society.