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Snowden on cover of Wired w/American flag

September issue

Edward Snowden: 'We can't allow the law to become a political weapon or agree to scare people away from standing up for their rights, no matter how good the deal. I'm not going to be part of that' - @WIRED


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There is still an "America" left.

Bits and pieces and, every now and then, a giant morsel of it appear to give us refreshed hope.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

technology—not politicians

In the end, Snowden thinks we should put our faith in technology—not politicians. “We have the means and we have the technology to end mass surveillance without any legislative action at all, without any policy changes.” The answer, he says, is robust encryption.

Love Snowden, but is this... problematic??

I love what Snowden did for advancing the cause of freedom. While I disagree with his "Lets get back to following the Constitution" message, (instead, I support the message "We don't need a Constitution, or a government at all in order to be a peaceful, cooperative, voluntaryist and freedom-advancing society with alternative methods for dispute-resolution, defense, and protection of property rights"), and while I have almost no criticism for Snowden or what he did by exposing the NSA's freedom-denying and citizen-controlling programs and objectives, I do have criticism for this cover.

Why? It's weird. Not just a little weird. Very weird. So weird that it distracts the conversation from what matters: NSA and government encroachment on individual freedom. In fact, THIS issue of Wired would be PERFECT for the Simpson's episode AABF20, Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo, wherein, upon reviewing his mail, Homer says, "...my favorite magazine, Weird!" to which Lisa replies, "Wait, there's no magazine called Weird. Dad! That's Wired! It's a computer magazine!" much to Homer's dismay. Why have I taken this convo in this seemingly tangential direction of Simpson's jokes? Because this particular joke is especially revealing of the Snowden issue Wired has released. Had I never heard of Wired before, and this issue was the first issue I'd ever seen, I think it would be very easy to subconsciously fill in "Weird" for "Wired," due to the picture alone. It's like, "Is this a joke?"

For God's sake, he's cradling the flag. It's just kinda creepy to see a full-grown man cradling an inanimate object like a child, and he even looks uncomfortable doing it. Its like the photographer was just like, "Ok let's get one of you cradling the flag." and Snowden's like, "Uh, no, I'd rather not." and they're like, "Come on, I'm just trying to set the mood. We won't even use it." So finally he succumbs and is like, "Fine, whatever, I'm just gonna stare off into space with no expression though, then it'll look stupid and you won't be able to use it."

As I'm sure you can tell from reading my post, this cover is bull****. Look at how distracting it is! This is almost as distracting as the question "Is Snowden a traitor or a patriot?"

So, in the end, I'm chastising Wired for making this obviously problematic cover, and really ultimately chastising myself for going on for so long about this clear distraction, after I've clearly identified it. Let's not be like me, and instead focus on what matters: government surveillance, it's purpose, and the lies we are being told about it.

Just read the article....

Its great. Props to WIRED for keeping I fresh and in the public light.

That being said. What if any will be the results? As we protest more the government seems to just spy on us more and starts calling us terrorists.

The end of the article....

"Snowden says that information contained in any future leaks is almost beside the point. “The question for us is not what new story will come out next. The question is, what are we going to do about it?”

intentional connect

To Sinclair Lewis? It Can't Happen Here?

I dare say, hugging the flag is far better

than wrapping one self in it as a cover for evil.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

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Thx for sharing

Man of principle

Oh how we yearn for truth. The truth stands its ground in the face of all attacks. The freedom to speak the truth resides inside of each and every one of us. To discover this freedom we must abolish the fear of the consequences of speaking the truth.

And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

The flag conceals an attack weasel

he's about to launch it at the photographer's face.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

Wrapped in an American Flag

What is that saying about being "Wrapped in an American Flag"?

Whistle Blower or Leaker, depends on what one stands to lose

If a prison guard were to bring to light the documented corruption of the warden and other guards, committing crimes greater than the convicts they watched over; would that guard be rightly called a whistle blower for telling all to the press, or falsely accused of leaking prison security secrets?

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass


He is hated by those he exposed!!!

And yet the criminals still walk free!

Where is the justice system in this Country?


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"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix