Friday, June 14, 2013
The illusion of "safety"
It's interesting to see that US congress seems to be quite unanimous in their condemnation of Edward Snowden. Finally something they agree on ... Motive: they don't want to look at their own crimes.
It seems that half the population still thinks it is OK that the government spies on them. They are under the illusion that they are safer then. (And they think they have "nothing to hide", which is not the same as having someone watch your every move all the time, in my humble opinion).
Of course the spying will actually put you in other (more serious) dangers, as many Europeans will be able to tell you. It is not without a reason that Obama is increasingly being compared to Hitler ...
People who approve of the spy programs say that 9-11 would not have happened if they would have had this spy program back then. Really? Eleven(!!!) governments internationally warned the US government about this attack. And what did they do with this information? Exactly: nothing! (see: hidden agenda)
And Boston: they knew everything about the suspects, yet failed to intervene.
The reality is that if people continue to believe that they are safer when the government knows everything about them and big brother is watching them, we will continue to move in the direction of a totalitarian state. Not only in the US, many places on the planet.
Of course all this spying is growing the numbers of enemies for the US.
Hence the move to give weapons (for free, jay!) to Al Qaeda in Syria and disarm the national population.
I am really surprised that hardly anybody seems to be disturbed by this?
Who was it again who said that 1984 (George Orwell) was NOT intended to be a manual?!!!
We need more people who refuse to go to war and stand up against government power abuse and say NOT IN MY NAME!
Thank you, Edward Snowden, and others!
I am getting comments from some people who can't combine my world views with my art. I guess I am an "engaged" artist, who has increasing difficulty combining the realities of this world with visions of how planet earth could be ... be safe and blessed!