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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Edward Snowden and the Irony of Leaking

spy-vs-spy

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When I first heard that Edward Snowden, the National Security Leaker, was chilling out in a capsule hotel in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo 2 airport, I allowed myself a dark chuckle. What a terrible place to land in on a flight to freedom! Flying in and out of that airport in the 1990s and early 2000s was a grim enough experience. However, to actually live in that post-apocalyptic scab pile, drowning in the murk, wading through the miasma of hostility, now, that’s a cruel and unusual punishment. Sheremetyevo 2 was so unwelcoming I always thought it must be intentional, a warning to visitors… “Yeah, this is Russia. We don’t care what you think. Get used to it”. Then, I saw footage on TV and I remembered that they gave it a cosmetic overhaul a few years ago. The shabby brown exterior still exudes Brezhnev-era stagnation, but on the inside, Sheremetyevo more-or-less resembles a functioning modern airport. It’s almost as good as Moscow’s other major airport, Domodedovo, although nowhere near as good as a proper airport, like Amsterdam’s Schipol.

In spite of these improvements, I still don’t envy Mr Snowden, as he lies huddled in his circular sleeping-coffin, trembling in terror as he contemplates his fate. All weekend, important people in the USA vented their fury about him; uttering dark threats against any countries that might help him evade their justice. For instance Chuck Schumer, a senator from New York, muttered that Moscow would face “serious consequences” if the Russians didn’t hand Snowden over. Try as I might, I couldn’t think of what these might be; but if Schumer had been talking about me, I would’ve been very nervous, indeed. Obviously, nobody in the Russian government could think of any serious consequences either, as yesterday, Vladimir Putin seized the opportunity at a press conference in Finland to have a little fun at Washington’s expense, pleading helplessness, “Thank God, Mr Snowden committed no crimes on the territory of the Russian Federation. He’s free to leave…” I wasn’t entirely convinced by this; if an al-Qaeda mass killer was chilling in a capsule hotel in Sheremetyevo 2, something tells me the FSB would be in there pronto.

Was anybody surprised, though? One question motivates Putin, and one question alone, in foreign affairs… “What advances Russia’s interests?” Handing over a man carrying lots of information about America’s spy programmes doesn’t. As time has shown, over and over again, poking America in the eye does. The governments of China and Russia both get highly irritated whenever the USA lectures them about freedom, and this was the perfect opportunity for both countries to throw some of that back in Washington’s face. It was a gift too good for either country to miss. Nevertheless, Mr Snowden would be extremely naïve to think that anybody in the Russian government cares about his fate. Very soon, they’ll give him his marching orders. Maybe, Moscow is dragging it out a little, to allow Ecuador time to give Snowden a passport to replace his revoked American one. If and when he gets it, he can leave for an exciting new life near those big turtles on the Galápagos Islands!

Of course, much has already been said about Snowden’s attempted flight to Ecuador. Most of it is rubbish. “Snowden’s a coward, Snowden undermined his cause, Snowden’s fleeing to countries less free than the USA, etc”. No… Snowden’s sane. Like all of us, he’d prefer not to spend the next 30 years of his life rotting in an American prison, especially as he doesn’t seem to think that he’s done anything wrong. He acted out of love for his country. I myself am inclined to think that Mr Snowden did us a favour by revealing the extent of the government’s snooping. I’m sceptical of claims that this level of surveillance is necessary for security, as it plainly did nothing to stop the Fort Hood shooter, or the Boston bombers who were overt fanatics, and not particularly clever ones. The justification used for the terror in French Revolution was “safety”. One can invoke “safety” to justify many horrible things.

I could be wrong. Maybe, Snowden really exposed Americans to great risks. Even then, there’s still an upside… he revealed the epic incompetence at the heart of America’s security services. They were the ones who gave this weedy space cadet such high-level clearance, after all. In fact, the only thing I’m really sure about is that, when it comes to leaks, irony abounds. The Russians and the Chinese and the Cubans relish the irony of protecting a dissident from the USA, the self-proclaimed champion of human rights. Snowden hopes to escape to a country less free than the one he betrayed in the name of freedom. Let’s not forget the master-leaker, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, who entered the Ecuadorean embassy in London to avoid prison, and, now, lives in what is, essentially, a prison. After a year of seeing his pasty face around their offices every day, I can’t imagine how much those diplomats must hate him. Those whom the gods would destroy…

26 June 2013

Daniel Kalder

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/columnists/20130626/181890675/Transmissions-from-a-Lone-Star-Edward-Snowden-and-the-Irony-of.html

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27 June 2013. The Cabinet Speaks on His Holiness and the Repressions

00 Patr Kirill and Pres Lukashenko 01a 14.10.12

HH shows his attitude to socialism… he disagrees with Potapov, Webster, Mattingly, Paffhausen, and Dreher (and all the konvertsy crowd), doesn’t he? I stand with HH… what about you?

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One of the Cabinet said to me:

Did you notice that His Holiness spoke of “thousands” being killed during the Revolution, Civil War, and the Repressions… not “millions n’ millions n’ millions” as the woollier Whites always bloviate about? Robert Conquest, the academic whore paid by the Ukrainian Nationalists to “prove” the “millions n’ millions n’ millions” dezinformatsiya was outed as basing his “research” on Nazi (surprise!) propaganda… he had to greatly reduce his “statistics”.

Indeed. One must reduce many of the figures bandied in the West by an order of magnitude. That is, you must chop off a zero from the figures. Mind you, it’s still serious… it’s still horrid. However, it’s not quite as nasty as the righties would have you believe. After all, they DO have an incentive to lie to you. Besides that, the communists DID learn from their errors. In the Nasty Nineties, the commies stood up for the canonical Church, and they defended it with their bodies. Today, most commies are believers, and many believers are commies. In short, there’s much overlap. Are there still atheistic commies? Sure. Are there still militantly atheistic commies? Sure… but they’re no longer in ruling positions.

There’s another reason why the Westerners and their White/Zapadnik running dogs inflate the number of Soviet victims. They want to prove equivalence between Nazis and commies. That just isn’t so… the Nazis killed more people than the commies did… in a far shorter timeframe. The NKVD killings at Butovo pale into insignificance compared to the record of the Fascist Einsatzgruppen. There was no communist equivalent of Hadamar… reflect on that. People such as Potapov and Artemonov are trying to hide the collusion of certain White factions with the Nazis. Ponder this… those families who willingly served the Nazis, now, serve the West, with equal ardour. It does put a new light on Potapov’s rant about Stalin, doesn’t it?  After all, Nazi Germany invaded the USSR… not the other way ‘round.

Keep a handle on our true history… it’ll keep you from stepping in the juicy fresh cowpats in that there field.

BMD

 

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