'Just' One Ant: Ed Snowden = The Ultimate Testament to the Utter Failure of the State & Its Police State!Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 19:53
It's 'Only' an Ant!
A children's lesson that we all forget, and is systematically snuffed out of our Future, by the Corporatist State.
For all their $88~100BILLON+ annual "Intelligence" budget, not to mention the $2~3TRILLION in actual "Defense" budget and all their super duper high tech-licious toys and manpower, they cannot locate one, single, former govt employee.
Like LAPD SWAT, and the forever-thug Chris Dorner (the cat & mouse game, NOT the character of the man), the whiny govt dorks are getting all bent out of shape with their inability to locate/track-down/rendition/murder one single man.
As Stalin said, the death of one man may be a tragedy, death of thousands is but a mere statistic. As such, Edward Snowden is a symbol of individual resistance that can and will inspire thousands, if not millions.
And no, no, no: The Corporatist State/The Empire/The Leviathan cannot have an everlasting symbol, a non-imprisonable borderless, eternal idea embodied in a single individual to grab hold of billions of human souls.
Oh no, no, no, no, no. Nope: can't have that now, can we?
Manning, Assange, Snowden, whomever, what or who they actually are is irrelevant to the State, and to some extent to the rest of Free Humanity as a whole. It's what they represent; be it real or not, imagined, mythical/mystified or not, what they are perceived as a symbol in the hearts of men and women the world over, IS what the Power structure have always feared; they simply cannot let a powerful individual symbol to exist, persist, nor thrive, for this simple fact: while they can endlessly manipulate the mind, they can never directly control the soul.
Thus, the corporatist fascist State expends perhaps 99% of all their resources on mass propaganda; all the physical tools of control are tertiary: you control the mind, the body follows. And, there are infinitely more of us, than they.
Something to remember, and be reminded from time to time, again and again...
H/T Butler Shaffer @ LRC: Where Is He Now?
June 24, 2013, 11:30 AM
The White House is all aflutter, stymied by the lack of knowledge of Snowden's whereabouts. I am reminded of the poem in that wonderful film, set in the French Revolution, The Scarlet Pimpernel: "They seek him here, they seek him there. Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven? Or is he in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel!"
Snowden was reportedly to be on a flight from Moscow to Cuba this morning, but was not aboard when the plane departed. This inconvenienced numerous reporters who booked the same flight - apparently hoping to get interviews with him - but who must now look forward to a day or so in exciting Havana.
Taking a self-righteous stance grounded in moralistic legalism, the White House strongly criticizes the governments of Hong Kong and China for not honoring their "obligation" to capture Snowden as a prelude to his being returned to America for his destruction. The Russian government is also admonished to "expel" (White House words) Snowden and thus set up his recapture by the U.S. Perhaps the Hong Kong, Chinese, and Russian governments might have been advised of the legal precedence, under American law, for the White House demands: in the pre-Civil War years, the federal Fugitive Slave Laws - which Abraham Lincoln strongly supported - required runaway slaves to be returned to their owners.
What amuses me the most in the current Snowden episode, is that the American government, with all of its supposed intelligence-gathering capacities - the revelations of which are at the core of the case against Snowden - cannot locate this man's presence. "All the king's horses, and all the king's men" - even with access to all communications of all Americans - can no more find him than could they anticipate the collapse of the Soviet Union or the attacks of 9/11. The entire affair - along with the actions of Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and other whistleblowers - helps answer the pessimists who ask "but what can one person do?"