Thursday, December 26, 2013

Holiday Greetings from Edward Snowden - Happy 1984!

From Alternet:
American whistleblower, hacker, hero to some, traitor to others, Edward Snowden showed his christmas spirit when he took part in the UK channel 4’s annual "Alternative Christmas Message,” which, since 1993, has included such headline-grabbing notables as former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Sharon Osbourne. Snowden's speech was shortened and uploaded online shortly before the broadcast, making for a nice bit of poetic irony in its seemingly unintended leaking, but was immediately blocked by many different stations.  

In the video, Snowden lambasts the United States’ surveillance tactics, citing the alarming similarity to writer George Orwell’s description of a dystopian future in “1984,” which showed a world under constant surveillance by the state. “A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all,” Snowden explains, speaking directly to the camera from an unidentifiable location (aside from the known fact that it’s probably Russia, making for a white christmas indeed). “They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought, and that’s a problem because privacy matters.”

Snowden, who has been granted one-year asylum by Russia after leaking documents that exposed the sheer magnitude of the United States’ surveillance methods, ended the year with an open letter to the people of Brazil, offering to help them look into the full breadth of the NSA’s spying, and was also a close runner-up for Time’s Person of the Year, losing to Pope Francis. Watch Snowden’s speech in its entirety above.


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Hero...and patriot, to me.

Had an "upbeat" discussion with my Booz Allen relative during Christmas. Needless to say, this person thinks otherwise. Obviously, the usual retort was that Snowden compromised national security. When I asked how NSA spying on all Americans could do that, this person changed direction and said it's not spying; they're only looking for "bad guys".

How can a dialog occur when contextual meaning is scrapped for less offensive nuances?

8:45 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

It can't. But what are you going to do when it's x-mess and you have to deal with wingnuts under the same roof? And when said persons are so invested in their opinion that they can't see anything beyond their ego?

You and I know it has little to do with security and EVERYTHING to do with power and control - of everyone and everything.

Was it Lincoln who said that you can't get a man to see something when his livelihood depends on him NOT seeing it?

6:29 PM  

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