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11-04-2013 01:22 PM  4 years agoPost 1
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November 3, 2013

While Edward Snowden may be reviled at the top echelons of Western developed nations and is wanted in his native US on espionage charges for peeling back the curtain on how the gargantuan government machine truly works when it is not only engaged in chronic spying on anyone abroad, but worse, on its own people, the reality is that his whistleblowing revelations have done more to shift the narrative to the topic of dwindling individual liberties abused pervasively in the US and elsewhere, than anything else in recent years. And alongside that, have led to the first reform momentum of a system that is deeply broken. Which also happens to be the topic of a five-paragraph opinion piece he released today in German weekly Der Spiegel titled “A Manifesto For The Truth” in which he writes that his revelations have been useful and society will benefit from them and that he was therefore justified in revealing the methods and targets of the US secret service.

In the Op-Ed we read that “Instead of causing damage, the usefulness of the new public knowledge for society is now clear because reforms to politics, supervision and laws are being suggested.”

RT adds: “Spying as a global problem requires global solutions, he said, stressing that “criminal surveillance programs” by secret services threaten open societies, individual privacy and freedom of opinion.

“Citizens have to fight against the suppression of information about affairs of essential importance for the public,” Snowden said in his five-paragraph manifesto. Hence, “those who speak the truth are not committing a crime.”
Even with the existence of mass surveillance, spying should not define politics, Snowden said.

“We have a moral duty to ensure that our laws and values limit surveillance programs and protect human rights,” he wrote.

The type of persecution campaigns that governments started after being exposed, and threats of prosecution against journalists, who blew the whistle, were “a mistake” and did not “serve the public interest,” Snowden concluded.

But “at that time the public was not in a position to judge the usefulness of these revelations. People trusted that their governments would make the right decisions,” he said.

Needless to say, all of the above points are spot on, which is why one hopes that Snowden does not intend on returning to the US to defend himself with only truth and justice to lean on, because the US Judicial system is just as broken, if not more, as every other aspect of a tentacular government, intent on growing to even more epic proportions and silencing anyone and everyone who stands in its way.

This article by Edward Snowden was published Sunday in Der Spiegel.

In a very short time, the world has learned much about unaccountable secret agencies and about sometimes illegal surveillance programs. Sometimes the agencies even deliberately try to hide their surveillance of high officials or the public. While the NSA and GCHQ seem to be the worst offenders – this is what the currently available documents suggest – we must not forget that mass surveillance is a global problem in need of global solutions.

Such programs are not only a threat to privacy, they also threaten freedom of speech and open societies. The existence of spy technology should not determine policy. We have a moral duty to ensure that our laws and values limit monitoring programs and protect human rights.

Society can only understand and control these problems through an open, respectful and informed debate. At first, some governments feeling embarrassed by the revelations of mass surveillance initiated an unprecedented campaign of persecution to supress this debate. They intimidated journalists and criminalized publishing the truth. At this point, the public was not yet able to evaluate the benefits of the revelations. They relied on their governments to decide correctly.

Today we know that this was a mistake and that such action does not serve the public interest. The debate which they wanted to prevent will now take place in countries around the world. And instead of doing harm, the societal benefits of this new public knowledge is now clear, since reforms are now proposed in the form of increased oversight and new legislation.

Citizens have to fight suppression of information on matters of vital public importance. To tell the truth is not a crime.

Translated by Martin Eriksson. This text was written by Edward Snowden on November 1, 2013 in Moscow. It was sent to SPIEGEL staff over an encrypted channel.

This article was posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Tags: big brother, domestic news, domestic spying, foreign affairs, technology

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11-04-2013 01:50 PM  4 years agoPost 2
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Man deserves a medal,the brainwashed just cant see it yet

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11-04-2013 02:09 PM  4 years agoPost 3
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Now he belongs to the Ages - He can Never Return Home -------------------
The Legacy of being a COWARD -

He had many Opportunities and Other Avenues - Choices - He chose Not TOO over self

Had NO Allegiance to his Country : A COWARD that dishonored his whole family heritage - FOR EVER and any one associated

For he is Home- LESS : He made a choice - His : He is now a HOMELESS - COWARD with out his country

A member of the LESS Fortunate ? What value did he receive

THe LEGACY of No -Privilege For Ever a COWARD known as SNOWDEN

He shall never again see the Color's of the Flag of his Home land

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11-04-2013 02:35 PM  4 years agoPost 4
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See what i mean

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11-04-2013 02:44 PM  4 years agoPost 5
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The Creeping Corrosion of Cyniasizum
Too Be Victimized : To Be Cut OFF : Me izz ium

Member of the Cynical World - The Corroding Lifestyle of SELF

The ALL Absorbing of ONE's Own Life : Taking it for Granted

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11-04-2013 03:03 PM  4 years agoPost 6
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Dont be too hard on yourself grey

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11-04-2013 03:13 PM  4 years agoPost 7
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He will be remembered as either the George Washington of modern times or if civilization loses to tyranny he will be erased or "dispatched" with the rest of us.

Just like Jesus the man gave his life for humanity.

...my handle backwards is how I feel about current world affairs...

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11-04-2013 03:40 PM  4 years agoPost 8
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But HE - Was no COWARD and He did it Willingly : Knowing
HE did not abandon - OVER SELF

But for US

The Sacrifice in Advance : To pre- pay with the cost

The Difference He come's back Was NOT dispatched

By Faith - FEAR NOT

Just think For the rest of his life he get's to ask the one never ending continuing question : What's it Like Over Their ? Is it true ? DO you miss it

To give up Wonderment that so many have lost or forgotten

" The Conviction of Thing's Not Seen "

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11-04-2013 03:44 PM  4 years agoPost 9
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So today Obamanation is great?

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11-04-2013 05:29 PM  4 years agoPost 10
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He's a coward. He squealed and ran. If he IS a hero and truly believed in what he was doing, he would have stayed and stood his ground.

If you believe in something THAT STRONGLY, then fight the good fight and stand your ground...I will always respect those that do, even if I don't agree with them.

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11-04-2013 06:10 PM  4 years agoPost 11
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while I agree, if he would've stayed, he'd be long dead by now....

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11-04-2013 06:18 PM  4 years agoPost 12
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Maybe he doesn,t like death or prison food in equal measure.Nice to see some folks still do right by Obama by defending his spy network.

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11-04-2013 06:25 PM  4 years agoPost 13
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Best to go with the flow and make no waves?

Watch at YouTube

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11-04-2013 07:42 PM  4 years agoPost 14
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still do right by Obama by defending his spy network

I have never supported the big 'O' on anything. Not because he is a Democrat or Liberal. Because his core beliefs go against pretty much everything I believe in.

As for confused, I am not. I understand that there are things that the Gov does that it is probably BEST I don't know about. But when they blatatanly abuse constitutional rights, there needs to be accountability.

Snowden is a coward. Black and white. If he believed so strongly in what he did, then he should have been man enough to own up to it. I do not believe he would be pushing daisies at this time....but whatever the course would have been, if he was a true hero, he wouldn't have cared. He made a decision, now live with it like a patriot would have.

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11-05-2013 01:06 AM  4 years agoPost 15
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The above post is the dumbest crap I ever read
Concerned Snowden.

Snowden say he tell the truths you cannot prosecute
A man who tell the truths. Am afraid he's right
Bible said we shouldn't lie or bare false witness.
Now what this country will look like standing and a man neck after he tell nothing but the truths.

I wish a civilian whistles blower would come clean
And let us little people know how much of our private life is in the government hand.

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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11-05-2013 01:40 AM  4 years agoPost 16
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If that is the Dumbest CRAP - You have ever read -- Then you Do Not Know :
The Rock Upon which you are standing Upon : Pilgrim

Sad that MoSt do Not Either : WE FORGOT or WERE Not Taught

Father Forgive Them - For They DO NOT Know what they are doing

"Endowed by their Creator"

"In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the creator." --Samuel Adams

A year later in Philadelphia, on July 4th, 1776, Jefferson and 55 merchants, farmers, doctors, lawyers and other representatives of the original 13 colonies of the United States of America, in the General Congress, Assembled, pledged "our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor" to the cause of Liberty. They declared, "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

Our Founders further avowed, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

Our Declaration of Independence was derived from common law, "the Laws of Nature and Nature's God," all men being "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights." It calls upon "the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions" and "the protection of Divine Providence."

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11-05-2013 03:45 AM  4 years agoPost 17
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Grey, you got it going. I mean you post stuff in some alien code and I still can't figure out if you are agreeing with me or insulting me. Talk about a windtalker.....you just keep carrying on with your bad self!

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11-05-2013 04:07 AM  4 years agoPost 18
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Better Powder Up YOUR WHITE WIG - and keep your Powder Dry :

The Rule of Law

"In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." --Thomas Jefferson

Article VI of our Constitution proclaims: "This Constitution ... shall be the supreme Law of the Land."

For its first 150 years (with a few exceptions), our Constitution and the Rule of Law it enshrined, stood as our Founders and "The People" intended -- as is -- in accordance with its original intent. In other words, it was interpreted exegetically rather than eisegetically -- textually as constructed, rather than as a so-called "living" document, altered to express the biases of later generations of politicians and jurists.

But incrementally, constitutional Rule of Law in the United States has been diluted by the actions of those in the executive, legislative and judicial branches -- most notably, the latter -- at great hazard to the future of Liberty.

As Thomas Jefferson warned repeatedly, the greatest threat to the Rule of Law and constitutional limitations on central government was an unbridled judiciary: "The original error [was in] establishing a judiciary independent of the nation, and which, from the citadel of the law, can turn its guns on those they were meant to defend, and control and fashion their proceedings to its own will. ... The opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch."

Jefferson understood that should our Constitution ever become a straw man for a politicized judiciary to interpret according to executive and legislative special interest constituencies, Rule of Law would gradually yield to rule of men -- the terminus of the latter being tyranny, as evidenced throughout history.

Our Framers did not subject judges to election to avoid political corruption, assuming judges would remain above such influences and true to the Rule of Law, thus protecting our Constitution from avarice and populist adulteration. Our Founders and early members of the judiciary were certainly men of such character, and singularly devoted to Liberty and Rule of Law.

But as Jefferson predicted, many in the executive and legislative branches would eventually abandon their oaths of obligation to our Constitution, and consequently, as they nominate and appoint judges, the judiciary would suffer a similar fate of corruption, which would then be difficult to correct because judges are protected from electoral eviction. In effect, it may be argued that all three branches of government have devolved into "despotic branches."

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11-05-2013 08:33 AM  4 years agoPost 19
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^^^ It,s easier to understand esco,or my 2 year old grandchild.

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11-05-2013 08:37 AM  4 years agoPost 20
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The last post grey just shows why there should be whistle blowers"CORRUPTION",even the judges,what chance a fair trial?Snowdon was smart and has sacrificed much.When the puppet master has everyone that counts in his pocket,what chance a fair hearing?If it was someone from a communist country blowing a warning whistle,he would be welcomed with open arms.

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