Monday, April 21, 2014

Edward Snowden and the Scary Secrets of Stephen Harper

I'm glad that The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on the out of control activities of the National Security Agency. 

And that Edward Snowden has been vindicated in his own country.

It has been nearly a year since a thin, pale computer whiz kid named Edward Snowden dramatically burst into our consciousness and became the most important whistleblower of modern times. As a result of his actions, we now live in a very different world and it is one — I would argue — that is better than before. At least now, we know.

Because thanks to him we do know so much more about the world we really live in. 

And so much more about the surveillance state that Stephen Harper is building...

Snowden’s leaks also revealed the complicity of other countries in the NSA’s activities, including in Canada. These documents showed that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government allowed the NSA to spy on allied nations invited to attend the G8 and G20 summits in Canada. They also revealed that, at the NSA’s request, Canada set up covert spying posts around the world targeted at trading partners.

In the Kingdom of the Big Lie, where the truth goes to die.

This was done with no effective public accountability, with politicians at all levels claiming ignorance and, in many cases, with public officials flatly lying about what was happening.

Where Big Brother meets you at the airport. 

When he's not working on his shiny new Palace of Secrets.

Or his Trojan horse of a so-called cyber bullying bill.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. Perhaps that’s the federal government’s motto regarding Bill C-13 — the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. It represents yet another attempt by this government to pass legislation that will open the door to undue state intrusion.

Or his plans to suppress the vote, and steal the next election. Like his Cons tried to steal the last one.

And all I can say is thank goodness for Edward Snowden, because no country needs the truth more than this grubby old Harperland.

For what do Canadians think a depraved leader who muzzles scientists, burns books, and is trying to wreck our democracy, might do with that surveillance state?

Does anybody seriously believe that he won't use it against his enemies, real or imagined?

How far might he go in his pursuit of TOTAL CONTROL?

At a time when he is increasingly desperate, and more and more Canadians are revolting against his rule.

And what movie is that one? Orwell's 1984, Snowden's V for Vindication, or V for Vendetta?

Yup. Let the dominoes fall where they may.

Only the truth can save this threatened planet.

And only it can set us FREE...

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  1. Anonymous8:20 AM

    Harper would love nothing more than to be able to track his "Enemies List" every move, you know, those whose opinions differ from his, these people are "enemies of the state" in his deluded mind. Because you know, our Dear Leader is the message, don't let facts get in the way of what he proclaims or he may throw a fit, get depressed and shit his pants because he couldn't decide if he had to go or not. Tom Flanagan was right about Harper. He is nuts and leader of this great country, scary.

    1. hi anon...I don't doubt that Stephen Harper would like to turn his surveillance state apparatus against his many enemies. But at this stage in his corrupt rule, even the suggestion that he might will only turn more Canadians against him. So be sure to tell your friends and neighbours that he is reading their e-mails... ;)

  2. Replies
    1. hi steve...are you sure that Langar isn't on THEIR side?

    2. Hi Simon, absolutely. Fist he is always bucking against the Man. Second he appreciates knowledge, and in the latest episode he reveals all with a culture changing decision on behalf of the challenged.

  3. If you haven't, DO read "Daemon" by Daniel Suarez. A game designer takes on the oligarchs. What's curious is that the chap is dead, already. A fascinating look at how our international market economy "works".

    1. hi Edstock...thanks for the suggestion it does seem like an interesting book. Once it's warm enough to hang up the hammock I might give it a try...

  4. George Orwell must be chuckling in his grave..there is nothing about today's Canada that wasn't covered by his books years ago...there is Piggy in Animal Farm, there is Big Brother in 1984, and the list goes on and on..
    Harper has learned a few tricks from those irepressible yahoos in the Southern US States, who cloak their neo fascist agendas in high-minded legislation that has nothing to do with what it's called , but who really are after total control..and that is and has always been the Harper agenda..
    I wish someone would award Snowden a Peace Prize..our overlords would be duly embarrassed and humiliated, and we all know that Snowden deserves the highest accolades, not permanent isolation from the West...

    1. hi mizdarlin...actually I think even Orwell would be shocked, for even in 1984 there were places you escape the prying eye of Big Brother. But the digital age has left us with no cover. You're right, he is a control freak, and when Canadians find out one day what he has been up to they will not be pleased. As for Snowden, as I said in my post, I honestly believe that we all owe him a vote of thanks...

  5. e.a.f.1:27 PM

    If we have an election in 2015, it can only be hoped, Harper is defeated at the polls. The other party leaders should now make a commitment to repeal these odious bills. If they don't make a commitment now, we can reasonably conclude they will continue to pursue these activities.

    Citizen/voters need to know what the other party leaders stand for. If they are willing to repeal the "offensive" bills Harper has passed and cease and desist with the "spying" they may be much further ahead in the polls than they now are. their publishing of their positions on these issues will make it easier for them to win an election. People will clearly know what they stand for. It will also shed more light on the abuses of our democratic rights by Harper and his Cons.

    1. hi e.a.f....losing the next election is not an option. All must be subordinated to that purpose for I truly believe that if he and his foul Cons are re-elected this country will not survive them...

    2. "repeal the "offensive" bills Harper has passed and cease and desist with the "spying"...

      The really scary part is that it was the Liberals who were originally trying to pass 'evesdropping' legislation, which died on the 2nd reading table, whenst Harper won his 1st minority.

  6. Anonymous3:05 PM

    Harper is a fascist and a dictator. All dictators are control freaks and paranoid about their safety. Dictators through the decades in their paranoia, kept a sharp eye on their enemies. Harper's security bill has doubled.

    I too believe Harper needs a full mental evaluation. His behavior is very bizarre with his absolute, hate, spite and malice towards Trudeau. To me that is scary stuff, to be so filled with hate.

    The Royal Canadian Conservative Police let Wright off who did aid a criminal, to cover-up his theft from the tax payers. The Police are working for the PMO and seem to have been given, a raise in pay. I believe the only Senators to be punished will be, Brazeau and Harb.

    Nor, do I have any faith in the opposition either. It is ludicrous that an evil monster such as Harper can remain in power, of our once good and decent country.

    1. hi anon...I don't accuse people of being mentally disturbed lightly. I am only too aware of the suffering caused by mental illness. And of course mental illness does not make people bad. But I do think that Harper suffers from a severe personality problem, and his evil nature makes him dangerous...