The Anti-Empire Report #118

Published on political affairs pa (first on the William Blum’s Website), by William Blum, June 26, 2013.

(first my question about this schizophrenia: 1) Europe is furious about NSA spyings; 2) Europe submits to American stoping an airplane which maybe could transport Edward Snowden … THIS ist the proof that Europe is crashing … mentally, morally, politically … and the crash line goes between the worldwide black gov and the official govs, Heidi).

EDWARD SNOWDEN:

In the course of his professional life in the world of national security Edward Snowden must have gone through numerous probing interviews, lie detector examinations, and exceedingly detailed background checks, as well as filling out endless forms carefully designed to catch any kind of falsehood or inconsistency.  

The Washington Post (June 10) reported that “several officials said the CIA will now undoubtedly begin reviewing the process by which Snowden may have been hired, seeking to determine whether there were any missed signs that he might one day betray national secrets.”

Yes, there was a sign they missed – Edward Snowden had something inside him shaped like a conscience, just waiting for a cause.

It was the same with me. I went to work at the State Department, planning to become a Foreign Service Officer, with the best – the most patriotic – of intentions, going to do my best to slay the beast of the International Communist Conspiracy. But then the horror, on a daily basis, of what the United States was doing to the people of Vietnam was brought home to me in every form of media; it was making me sick at heart. My conscience had found its cause, and nothing that I could have been asked in a pre-employment interview would have alerted my interrogators of the possible danger I posed because I didn’t know of the danger myself. No questioning of my friends and relatives could have turned up the slightest hint of the radical anti-war activist I was to become. My friends and relatives were to be as surprised as I was to be. There was simply no way for the State Department security office to know that I should not be hired and given a Secret Clearance. 1

So what is a poor National Security State to do? Well, they might consider behaving themselves. Stop doing all the terrible things that grieve people like me and Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning and so many others. Stop the bombings, the invasions, the endless wars, the torture, the sanctions, the overthrows, the support of dictatorships, the unmitigated support of Israel; stop all the things that make the United States so hated, that create all the anti-American terrorists, that compel the National Security State – in pure self defense – to spy on the entire world.

EAVESDROPPING ON THE PLANET: … //

… THE LEADING WHISTLEBLOWER OF ALL TIME: PHILIP AGEE:

Before there was Edward Snowden, William Binney and Thomas Drake … before there was Bradley Manning, Sibel Edmonds and Jesselyn Radack … there was Philip Agee. What Agee revealed is still the most startling and important information about US foreign policy that any American government whistleblower has ever revealed … //

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Links:

Ex-president Morsi: People power ousted Morsi, on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Dina Ezzat, July 3, 2013: On the first anniversary of his inauguration as Egypt’s first ever elected president Mohamed Morsi found himself facing demonstrations, unprecedented in size, demanding his dismissal. At times it felt as if the entire population was on the streets, the vast majority asking Morsi to go …;

What now for the Brotherhood? The Muslim Brotherhood faces its most serious battle yet, on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Gamal Essam El-Din, July 3, 2013;

For whom the chant tolls … the story of the revolution through its slogans, on Al-Ahram weekly online, by Hani Mustafa, July 2, 2013.

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