Maybe Edward Snowden provided a greater service to the world than even libertarians first realized when he disclosed the massive National Security Agency spying crime wave.
First came revelations of the US spying on its own citizens.
Then came news of the US hacking and spying on China.
Now comes an exposé from The Guardian that, according to Snowden’s leaks, “British eavesdropping agency GCHQ repeatedly hacked into foreign diplomats’ phones and emails” and the Russians claim “The U.S. and British special services tapped (then President Dmitry) Medvedev’s phone at the 2009 G-20 summit” held in London.
So none of this is really about security; it’s about power. It’s about the ruling class within each country maintaining its authoritarian control over their own populations while jockeying for dominance over one other.
The same old protection racket sold to us as “security.”
The dead give-away is that the higher up the corporatist-statist food chain one climbs the more hysterical and vitriolic the condemnation of Snowden becomes.
Former VP and neocon Dick Cheney, the American poster child for warmongering statist authoritarianism, flatly called Snowden a traitor for revealing the ruling clique’s power maneuvers and even pushed the idea that he’s a spy for China.
“I’m deeply suspicious obviously because he went to China,” Cheney said on Fox News Sunday. “That’s not a place you ordinarily want to go if you’re interested in freedom and liberty and so forth.”
It’s a desperately sad commentary when a truth-teller considers his life and wellbeing to be safer in a repressive communist nation like China than in a repressive surveillance state like America which can now only laughably be called “The land of the free.”
Even the Chinese communists understand the economic benefits of allowing some free market operations while the US continues to destroy the last vestiges of it.
On the left side of the authoritarian coin is Dianne Feinstein who said Snowden committed treason “in violation of an oath.”
But that standard applies to Feinstein herself and all others wielding government power who pass and enforce unconstitutional laws. Or has the California Senator forgotten her own oath of office that begins “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Libertarians have long championed privatizing government functions. Better yet is to abolish The State by privatizing government itself.
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