Just a thread to focus conversation on the developments in, and implications of the ongoing 'leaks'/revelations about the NatSec apparatus -- both in itself, as well as how it connects to other pieces of the mosaic.
Please consider using TOR to browse the web -- while not perfect, it is a prudent precaution. Endorsed by Ed Snowden himself:
"His allegiance to internet freedom is reflected in the stickers on his laptop: "I support Online Rights: Electronic Frontier Foundation," reads one. Another hails the online organisation offering anonymity, the Tor Project."
Some thought-starters to kick off the discussion, in chrono order:
Ex-HumInt Boss (CIA Director) Petraeus in March 2012:
“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said, “the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.” Petraeus allowed that these household spy devices “change our notions of secrecy” and prompt a rethink of “our notions of identity and secrecy.” All of which is true — if convenient for a CIA director.
Judge Napolitano on Fox Studio B talking anbout Ed Snowden:
It's hard not to like the judge.
There is not likely to be a groundswell of grass-roots support for Snowden, or against the continuing perfecting of the dystopian surveillance state:
With that in mind, here is an image and thought I found extremely compelling -- from WB7, of course:
My own opinion is that at this point in the game, it is quite likely that even Ed Snowden himself is being moved as a chess piece by greater forces -- which does not detract from the validity of his argument, the scale of his courage and the importance of the undertaking.
For some more disquieting ruminations in this direction, one need only ready through the comments of relevant ZH posts (highlights mine):
"Some Americans say the US is really under martial law continuously since Abraham Lincoln's imperialist faction defeated the States Rights upholders, with the slavery issue used to cover the fascist element
But a good question is WHY the mainstream media is touting the current Snowden incident and not previous whistleblowing incidents, like with NSA's William Binney, which were much more buried on slandered so-called 'conspiracy' sites, tho saying much the same ... Snowden's documents are not the difference, corporate media have long experience in ignoring 'smoking gun' evidence that would shock the world if MSM reported it
The CIA-friendly oligarch-family owned US media is helping the Snowden hype, led by the sometimes quite corrupt UK Guardian, 'Left wing of MI6' also with a history of spouting hoaxes for intelligence agencies
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, supposed 'hero' is often very timid, US dissidents pointing out how he basically stays away from judicial corruption, all the lawyers who get disbarred and even jailed for trying to fight the bribery, the judges and judiciary committee Congresspeople who are murdered or harassed, and so on ... Greenwald can be 'good' within limits criticising an 'unwise' court order etc, but he stays totally away from the real core of truth about US judges, despite being 'legal expert' ... Greenwald seems emasculated 'controlled opposition'
But Greenwald is suddenly 'brave' right now on the Snowden story
The Guardian and the New York Times ran the Wikileaks hype right up, then they turned 180 degrees and began bashing Assange together, like under orders ... a very suspicious run ... the two 'trusted newspapers' looking very much like running an intel operation
Something stinks here, even if Snowden is honest ... and a couple of ZeroHedge commentators have raised some interesting perplexing 'holes' in the Snowden story that point toward him being a possible planted head-fake
But even if Snowden is honest, was he allowed by NSA to escape and spread his material to the media ? (As a known bomber might be allowed to go ahead and kill people, to suit US regime objectives in responding)
Is the US regime trying to get us to be more trusting of some of these corrupt mainstream media stooges again ?
Are they running a test to see how much REAL outrage there is, versus just on 'fringe blogs' like ZeroHedge ?
Are they just trying to get people more used to fascism, and the seeming fact there is little that can be done about it ?
Are they just trying to 'deepen their list' of which Americans should be added to the 1 million or so who already have spaces built and waiting for them in the FEMA concentration camps ?"
I know, I know -- the paranoia has to stop SOMEWHERE, and perhaps I am foolishly ascribing omnipotence/omniscience to TPTB. But thing about it -- can a multi-hundred-billion dollar industry be thus 'jeopardized' by a single, scrawny 29-yr old, without there being a detailed, longer plan being in place for this event and every possible contingency thereof?
I am curiously awaiting the next act of the play/telenovella -- but remain of the conviction that there is more yet we are not seeing. Like I said, this guy is smarter than to have just taken flight on his own, without making preparations/negotiating a benefactor. Who that might be (People's Liberation Army of China, CIA or other couner-NSA power center in the Western sphere of influence, other), and WHY he still has not been dispatched with extreme prejudice after having 'vanished' from an NSA post three weeks ago -- a poison-pill package, to be opened/published upon his deathor non-communication? Maybe, but still -- that does not sound like the NSA we all know and love.
I hope to be proven wrong, and even more so, I hope that popular outrage over the sheer audacity of .gov surveillance finally picks up steam enough to cause substantive action. But, like with most other things, this will only cause me to continue preparing accordingly.