A CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE, Snowden, NSA, June 9 2013

A Crisis of Conscience, 2013 June 9

A 29 year old who has, for a week now, been leaking US internal security material to another country’s newspaper has decided that the extraordinary liberties taken by the government of his country are more important to tackle than staying alive.

His name is Edward Snowden. He is an American. He has been living in Hawaii. Working for NSA, formerly with a number of inteligence gathering agencies. He believes the power of government has been subverted. Snowden says that he may seek assylum in Hong Kong. More than anything, Snowden says he is “most afraid that nothing will happen. No one will be willing to take the risk to fight.”


No one imagines America’s own free press will suddenly feel that telling lies to the public consititutes anything but their free choice and privilege. But nor will this start and end with Snowden. There will be others.

Who are you. Where are you now.


8 thoughts on “A CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE, Snowden, NSA, June 9 2013

  1. I just joined:

    Action for a Progressive Future (the organization that runs RootsAction) is a nonprofit, progressive, public policy advocacy group that will engage citizens in the democratic process and help make sure legislators hear their voices.

    I signed a statement in support of this Edward Snowden.

    • Thanks for the update, I don’t know them but I’ll have a look.
      I’m liking Snowden too. I’d say he’s clever enough NOT to be in Hong Kong, that he’s releasing a trail of disinformation, that files are left in a dozen places with as many allies, and that he knows when Russians and Chinese want something they’re skilled at torture, waterboarding, drugs, deprivation, brain washing and poison. And that’s the short list. I’d say he gave himself enough time to put the details of his escape together.
      And I urge everyone to remember the US press are the same crowd that brought us “Benghazi Slaughter Caused by Video” and “The IRS Did No Wrong” and “Ft Hood Killings Workplace Incident” and “Boston Marathon Bomber Tax Protester Acting Alone.” Oh I’m leaving so much out.

      • You are probably right about Snowden being smart about his whereabouts. After all secrecy and disinformation have been his specialty. I would not be surprised if he had help inside and outside. We may never know.

        Reviewing what was never revealed but WAS done by the government since very early days is a chilling review of a sick state of mind.

        Remember the experiments on Southern blacks about the effects of syphilis ? it is public info now, but for 40 years it was covered up.


        The Tuskegee syphilis experiment [1] was an infamous clinical study conducted between 1932 and 1972 by the U.S. Public Health Service to study the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural African American men who thought they were receiving free health care from the U.S. government.

        And those were our “innocent days” when the enemy was first the Chicago gangsters then the communists.
        And voting does not have any effect anymore.


        ‘nough said ? sad days for this ex-republic.

        • There aren’t any innocent countries in mankind’s history, it’s a road map of horrific and divine. In the 1800’s the Florida Osage Indians caught runaway black slaves and made slaves of them for their tribe. Today the North Koreans are eating their own children to keep from starvation, Islamists shoot female children in the head for wanting schooling, and Detroit isn’t safe for any age. We are a troubled, conflicted, glorious species.
          To paraphrase Orson Welle’s Third Man speech, The Italians were ruled by torture, poisonings, terror and wars and produced the Renaissance. The reliably neutral Swiss remain the world’s most intriguing black market and a hotbed of espionage and all they’ve still managed is the good watch and army knife. The doors are open to all comers in America, and it’s chancey. What we have going for us, who knows how long, is the right to protest, carry guns, and endless Appeals Courts. More rare the world over, all of it, every day.

  2. I agree with you and think that we NEED people with the guts and integrity to take such actions. I sent you an article about it separately.

    Methinks that there was a period in Germany when such things were happening, the economy was weak, the nation demoralized. It was not even so long ago. We all know the rest. Will history ever teach or just repeat itself ?

    The churches here in America also would LOVE to obtain all that information. The power of established religion is also a grave danger to life and liberty. Historically, extreme forms of mass control have been employed by religious authorities with self complacent righteousness in every Western country with Christian disciplines.

  3. Thanks for posting this, Barbara. Great article. Saw his interview tonight, and a former NSA consultant’s “take” on it, who didn’t disagree re substance if what is possible, just with Snowden’s claim re what HE could do. Snakes.

    Sent from my iPhone

    • You’re welcome, Kate, and thanks for commenting. In a long haul of wondering what would fissure the castle rock, I always thought it would come from an internal repulsion on the part of someone knowing, and being unable to stand what they had become. And then speaking the truth. Maybe the veracity of Snowden’s claim is the erruption of defense. Very few say it isn’t happening. Most say it’s justified and we can do whatever we want. We’ve heard too much of that.

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