reply to post by babybunnies
Consider this - and this hasn't been thought on too hard (well, maybe a bit hard) but it's something that has occurred to me - this whole thing HAS
It's a carefully pre-meditated plan that has hatched beautifully but it's not any government that's behind it.
There is in the world an ever growing group of information freedom activists with a lot of assets at their disposal - between them they are hackers,
film makers, lawyers, human rights activists, journalists, tech heads of various stripes, judges, government senators and ministers and ordinary
people. Some have been in prison, some are in prison and some are the target of ongoing harassment from alphabet agencies from the Five Eye
Documents that these people leaked were in part responsible for the so-called Arab Spring revolutions, They wrote cryptographic and anonymity programs
for the activists in those countries to communicate with each other safely during that time. One of these programs was Tor. They taught the
revolutionaries how to use them. They taught the Chinese people how to use them so they could safely get messages out to the West about the truth of
their government's treatment of anyone who tried to speak out against it. They still travel the world (the one's that are free) giving lectures,
taking surveillance detection workshops and cryptography workshops to any activist that wants to learn for FREE using FREE software they have written.
Now they're hoping for an American Spring. They have tried hard before to get the truth of this surveillance out in the past but not many people took
much notice. Their strategies were too small-scale so they decided it was time to get real.
So they decided to put together a massive operation to wake the world up.
Between them they hacked and accessed a trove of documents that would prove to the world what was going on. Anonymous had possession of those Prism
slides on the 6th June - before Snowden went public with them (or at the same time as, at least). The old school hard-core Anonymous hive that was
active back in 2009 - before all the skiddies jumped on board.
They found a sympathetic, willing, courageous and well-placed activist to help them. They wrote him a back story that would make your mother love him
and gave him a few lines to appeal to the American heartland - beautiful, pole dancing girlfriend (pleease!), sacrificing everything (how many times
did he say that), bravery - "I am willing to die for this" etc. And undoubtedly this is all true (except perhaps for the girlfriend) and Snowden
deserves every respect.
They hatched the escape plan, sending him to countries where they had cultivated friendly contacts in governments (Hello, Ecuador FM!) who would be
more than happy for the US to be shown up, people in powerful places who could protect him.
They started with an overture - a tease - the Verizon phone records. People thought they heard a shot.
Then they ramped it up with PRISM. Okay, that definitely was a round of gunfire.
Then came Edward Snowden and the world woke up .
Glenn Greenwald has long been a supporter of freedom of information and freedom of the internet. He was one of the orchestrators. How many
whistleblowers have a film maker to make a PR video? Laura Poitras has long been involved in making films dealing with surveillance and freedom of
information. Wikileaks brokered the asylum. Their activists have helped Snowden move across the globe safely.
Now the campaign has started in earnest to get the message out and wake people up and keep them awake. Their aim is to free people from repressive
governments, governments that have secret trials, secret courts and secret surveillance. Governments that do not act in the best interests of private
Whether it fails or succeeds is up to us. It calls for involvement, not arm-chair commentary.
If it all changes nothing, it's not the fault of the activists, it's the fault of the people. We have been given all the information we need to put
pressure on our governments and get rid of those who have been lying to us. It's up to us to make it happen. If we really want it to.
ETA: Glenn Greenwald is now the target of the US government. His house was broken into and his partner's laptop stolen. Now they are going through
this history with a fine tooth comb and have found he has unpaid taxes from 2002. They are trying to silence him. This is his column about it
The personal side of taking on the NSA
Anyway, that's my 2c worth
edit on 26-6-2013 by Archie because: (no reason given)
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