Sunday, January 22, 2017

Edward Snowden: “I think the focus on Trump is a mistake. ...

Edward Snowden.   1-15-2017   @ 3:33:36  as part of a München  acTVism  EVENT: Edward Snowden, Jeremy Scahill, Jürgen Todünhöfer, Paul Jay, Richard Wolff & Srećko Horvat

“I think the focus on Trump is a mistake.  You can look anywhere, look at any newspaper, look at any sort of public commentator; you can see all of the criticisms of the Trump policies, of the administration, all of the issues that they have there. They’re clear, they’re obvious. Yes, we are in uncharted times. Yes, we are facing a period, not just of localized risk, but of systemic risk.  But what should we actually be looking at, right?  Faith in elected leaders, to fix our problems is THE mistake….; that we keep repeating.

When President Obama was elected to the White House, when President Obama was elected to the White House he said ALL of the right things. Right?  He said he was going to make a more equal America, we were going to move into a period of co-operation, rather than partisanship. He said he was going to close Guantanamo on day one of his administration; it’s still going to be open on his last day of his Presidency. He said there was going to be no more warrantless wiretapping in America: we don’t do that. We don’t need that. That’s not who we are. And in fact he expanded it. He made it worse.  It went deeper. It got better, it got more sophisticated, it got more pervasive. And it continues.  Right?  If we’re hoping for a champion, if we’re waiting for a hero, we will be waiting forever.  Because it’s not a politician that you’re looking for, it’s the people in this room. It’s YOU, it’s the person sitting next to you, all of us have a responsibility we can’t fix by ourselves as individuals. But we don’t need to. 

What we have to do is make one change. A small change. A positive change that can be replicated, that can be shared. We need to create our ideas; we need to think about these problems. We need to identify, not that Trump is a bad person, but WHY he is so threatening, and we need to start creating defenses for it.

Moreover, we need to realize that defense is not enough. WE need to create an offense, for free and open society. We need to recognize that one of the central problems right now, is one of debate.

1 comment:

erich said...

Relevent also might be this post at Moon of Alabama (what grew out of the old Billmon blog)
Here is a favorite of that, still useful to above, written on the fifth anniversary of the 911 WTC tragedy. Whiskey Bar: The Sixteen Acre Ditch

or shortened:

The recent MoA post entitled is here:

"The decisive political point in this election round was the fight between neo-conservatives/liberal-interventionists and foreign policy realists. One side is represented exemplary by the CIA with the U.S. military on the other:

A schism developed between the Defense Department and the highly politicized CIA. This schism, which can be attributed to the corporate-deep-state’s covert foreign policy, traces back to the CIA orchestrated “color revolutions” that had swept the Middle East and North Africa."

in turn based on a couple of DAVID CHIBO posts:
1)jan 19, 2017:

and 2)NOVEMBER 30, 2016

Those wanting some CIA background might find these links usefull:

these, at the CIA.gove site, 2007 per 7007 FOIA request, the Schlessinger commissioned CIA dirty deeds memo compiled by Helms. Their descrition:

"Widely known as the "Family Jewels," this document consists of almost 700 pages of responses from CIA employees to a 1973 directive from Director of Central Intelligence James Schlesinger asking them to report activities they thought might be inconsistent with the Agency's charter."

Written up by Tim Weiner, also in 2007 here