MILLENNIALS utilizing technology today weren’t alive when Daniel Ellsberg broke the Pentagon Papers. If you were alive then you know what the name Daniel Ellsberg means to the First Amendment and the Vietnam Era.
From the Guardian, a piece from Daniel Ellsberg:
In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden’s release of NSA material ““ and that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers 40 years ago. Snowden’s whistleblowing gives us the possibility to roll back a key part of what has amounted to an “executive coup” against the US constitution.
Since 9/11, there has been, at first secretly but increasingly openly, a revocation of the bill of rights for which this country fought over 200 years ago. In particular, the fourth and fifth amendments of the US constitution, which safeguard citizens from unwarranted intrusion by the government into their private lives, have been virtually suspended.
The government claims it has a court warrant under Fisa ““ but that unconstitutionally sweeping warrant is from a secret court, shielded from effective oversight, almost totally deferential to executive requests. As Russell Tice, a former National Security Agency analyst, put it: “It is a kangaroo court with a rubber stamp.”
An “‘executive coup’ against the US constitution” should be a wake up call.
In our hyper partisan, neoconservative-drenched political environment, where we the people are treated as children who need to be protected from the ever present boogeyman and no longer responsible for our own democratic republic, because we’re too afraid of unknown, unnamed, unclaimed threats, I’m not sure the U.S. public can be awakened.
If millennials turn out to turn off, as they did after President Obama’s first term, the future will continue to be much like the last 10 years.
The Boston marathon bombing happened regardless of the NSA dragnet and PRISM’s snooping. Shouldn’t that tell us something? It does, but not what most are thinking, because people haven’t accepted that 100% security is impossible if you want to keep the American vision of a democratic republic.
Politicians like Barack Obama get into the White House and you can hear them declare through their actions that “a terrorist attack will not happen on my watch.” The next step is around the U.S. Constitution and we the people who send these politicians to Washington to protect the Constitution. Targeted assassinations, and drone strikes, which the public support, emboldens them to go further, because they know we are all war weary.
What has gotten lost is our liberty is being dismantled secretly. Women know all about this most American penchant, because we’ve been battling the notion that freedom is just for men for centuries; state by state this continues.
What kind of country do we want to live in? That’s really the question Edward Snowden is asking.
When I think of the answer that will come from today’s American populace, fed on Fox News and MSNBC partisanship, while CNN fumbles its way to re-learning reporting, with right wing radio droning in the background, I’m not optimistic.
We have Democrats and Republicans who have let this happen in the first place, led by George W. Bush, then Barack Obama, the latter supposedly coming to introduce a “new kind of politics.” Even after being spoon fed what has now been conclusively proven was malarkey, many in our media shrug it off.
Then there is the silent majority who never registers their citizen’s voice.
There is no evidence yet that the American public has any interest in keeping our democratic republic anything close to what the vision of America once was.
Benjamin Franklin was right.