All the sleeping people: Reactions to #Snowden by the “normals”

English: New York, New York. Newsroom of the N...

English: New York, New York. Newsroom of the New York Times newspaper. Reporters and rewrite men writing stories, and waiting to be sent out. Rewrite man in background gets the story on the phone from reporter outside. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In case you don’t know, Edward Snowden worked for the defense contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton.  He was a system administrator, who had a GED instead of a high school diploma.  Contrary to public knowledge, that’s not all that uncommon among deeply committed, talented software developers. When they’re good, they start young, and they sometimes become one-dimensional personalities who don’t see the point in higher education.

see something

If you see something, say something, Homeland Security tells us.

This young man, barely turning 30 years old, decided that what he was seeing at his workplace was unacceptable, ethically. He saw the U.S. government behaving badly, under the cover of the “classified” label. He believed he saw something, so he should say something, like Homeland Security tells us to do on those posters. But who should he tell? Not his bosses at Booz, Allen, Hamilton.  They were the ones doing it. That would be like telling the fox about the hen house. Same thing with the bosses of his bosses, the National Security Agency.

You can’t tell the bad guys that you’ve noticed they are being bad guys.  So what could he do? He thought of telling the New York Times, because in the 1970’s, they published the Pentagon Papers.   But it seemed like the New York Times just wasn’t the same as it was back then.

So he looked around for a newspaper to tell who would listen.  It turned out to be the Guardian, and Glenn Greenwald was the journalist who would listen to him.

After Snowden went public, the U.S. quickly began calling him a spy instead of a whistleblower.  This meant he was in danger of ending up on the “kill list” with the drones, and all that (more to come about the kill list in another post.) So he had to run and hide.

And now he’s playing Where’s Waldo.


One comment

  1. When foreign nations read that their embassies were bugged and Brussels found one in theirs, there was an indignant uproar, the upcoming trade pact with European nations(TTP) talks were postponed, veiled threats were sent to nations involved with Snowden in any manner-Russia, China, etc.. but not Great Britain. Why? They were partners in the spying.
    The nations that received the veiled threats are members of an organization called, “BRICS”. It could be coincidental, but it is curious as the BRICS nations are planning on starting their own trade agreements, using their countries currencies, not the standard US dollar and are in the process of starting their own international bank. Is Snowden’s revelations(whistleblowing not treason) an excuse to somehow undermine the BRICS? Divert attention from our imperialistic crumbling? An attempt to set a precedent to dissolve Wiki-leaks, in other words, global censorship? All of this has crossed my mind and Snowden is just a pawn in the overall plan.

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