Edward Snowden exiled in Moscow, Julian Assange jailed in London, and Chelsea Manning jailed in Virginia remind all of us every day what happens to people who reveal classified information.
The United States did not cease to be a liberal democracy with the rise of Trump, and Trump’s dismissal would not save our country now.
Government does not undertake its projects in secret for your benefit. It acts in secret for its own benefit, to protect its own power and privileges, and to commit crimes too serious and brazen to commit in the open.
No president who refrains from open opposition to this slowly growing tyranny can ever succeed in fighting it. Moreover, when citizens accept leaders who follow the primary rule for political survival – don’t cross the national security state – citizens will never make a difference, no matter which way they vote.
President Obama’s policy is to jail whistleblowers and protect the people who manage his national security state. Presidents have become so accustomed to serving the national security state’s interests now, that is how they see their job.
President Obama observes that violence at Trump’s rallies threatens to tarnish the “American brand,” as he calls it. Yes, that …
Whether you call Edward Snowden a whistleblower or something else, he did not need to reveal who he was. He could have kept the national security state and the rest of the world guessing.
Policemen shoot dogs and people with equal abandon. They don’t shoot horses because horses are docile, and they don’t shoot …