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    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    The Other Edward in Pop Culture Today

    The UK says he is not welcome there, and the US is hunting him like a dog. His last known whereabouts are somewhere in Hong Kong. "God grant, that not only the Love of #Liberty, but a thorough Knowledge of the #Rights of Man, may pervade all the Nations of the Earth, so that a Philosopher may set his Foot anywhere on its Surface, and say, “This is my Country.” - #BenjaminFranklin, December 4, 1789

    If he is a #whistleblower, and from his #history, it looks like he is, despite the fact that the government is now trying to paint him as a #doubleAgent #spy(which is a far juicier tale than the fact that the constitution is being rapidly shredded, and of course the American public will eat it up "ooh, a #distraction!"). It's like the show "#BurnNotice" for goodness sake! Here we have this guy who did the right thing, and he lost nearly everything in the process because of #bureaucracy and #fear. Now those he outed are doing all they can to discredit him as a person and ruin his name, so that the #facts he brought to light can be lost in the #sensationalism of speculative, and indefinite "#news"!

    In the event that some day, this country is again, finally, run by a government 'of the people, for the people, by the people', then #EdwardSnowden will likely be lauded as one of our nation's heroes, instead of the #traitor that he is being painted as today. Here's what faux news has to #distract us with, and even the most hateful and falsified politicized opinion "news" agency in the US can't make him sound like a terrible person, saying "#Snowden’s background isn’t squeaky clean. During the eight years that he worked as a contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency #CIA and #NSA, he routinely went online and ranted against corporations and citizen #surveillance." That sure doesn't look like a negative to me! It sounds like he knew right from wrong and wasn't afraid to speak out about the wrongs he saw, even from the beginning. Read more of how they shed twisted light on the facts to make him look as bad as possible: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/14/edward-snowden-whistleblower-or-double-agent/

    Whereas, on the other hand, the #news agency he divulged his information to, is presenting facts only, with no opinion at all added in. Please note the two very distinct styles of writing. the one above is #sensationalist, and uses wording that incites emotion, whereas the article by the Guardian news agency (not entertainment like the above Fox/fauxnews article) is composed entirely of valid reporting, quotes, and #facts. It might not be as #entertaining to read, but it's the #truth, so please read the whole story, with all the facts that are currently known, before you form an opinion: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/11/edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower-profile

    And in #HongKong, #protestors took to the streets in heavy rain in an attempt to prevent their government from extraditing Mr. Snowden if he is found.: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/15/do-not-extradite-edward-snowden-hong-kong-protesters

    Now, this is NOT new news. Many of us have known about this sort of thing for a good long time, even before 9/11. But back then, folks called us crazy, paranoid, or #Conspiracy theorists. Sad thing is, and YES, it is quite pitiful and #disheartening, sad thing is, we were right. Oh what I would give if it weren't the truth, if we, as a nation, were actually free, if #FreedomOfSpeech was true instead of a #delusion. (Don't get me started about "free speech zones" where protesters are cordoned off away from whatever they are protesting so they don't interfere with what they are protesting against.)

    The Constitution in Section 9, Clause 2 reads: "The privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it." Oh, I see now, yes... The country is at risk of rebellion for certain, and that risk seems to keep growing each day. One only has to look at the 99% protests to know that is true. And the more "We the People" find out about what acts are being carried out on our name, both at home and abroad, the more likely it is to happen. "So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do." -Benjamin Franklin

    For those that blame the president, no matter who is in office, it bears to keep in mind that the president is just figurehead with no actual power. The system is the problem, and it is the system that needs to be fixed. Think you have no power to make a difference? Think again.

    There have been several places recently that have proven it only takes a number of determined people to make a difference, and even create change on a pretty massive scale.

    Why should you pay attention? Why should you care? Care because the more people who do, the slower the degradation of our great country occurs. If enough people care, and take (nonviolent, legal) action, things turn around. When nobody cares, when the laziness of Americans wins out, that is when we fail. As a people, as a country, and as a free republic.

     I have long spoken out against the #injustices enacted in the name of this great country by it's controllers, and I have said many times that I am perfectly at ease with the idea that "they" will likely eventually "detain me for questioning", or send me to a "re-education facility" for my "#ThoughtCrimes". But like anyone else who cares about our nation, our #constitution, our freedom, I will not let fear stand in the way of the truth. 20 years ago, 10 years ago, and today. I will speak out in wholehearted #support of the United States of America, her people, and The Constitution, until the day I die, because I love my country. Why do I speak in support of this stranger? Ask a certain famous poet from WWII; Reverend Martin Niemoller.

     And a quick quote from just after 9/11: "It's not domestic spying, it's freedom listening!".


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