There is always a human story of pain and grief, and, sometimes, even victory or exoneration behind every headline making news event, and the case of Edward Snowden, still safe in the transit area at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport, is no exception. Lonnie Snowden, the father of the NSA leaker Edward Snowden, certainly, like any father, worries about his son and is concerned for his son’s safety and his well-being. His statements to the press, on the surface, seem to be a plea for his son to return to the USA and the words of a genuinely concerned father, the undertones of his statements speak of a man who’s either under intense pressure and being forced to say what he is saying, or is, in fact, so brainwashed into towing the official “patriotic” American line as to be willing to sacrifice his son’s freedom, and quite possibly, life. On the other hand, he may be naïve enough to believe that his son might have some chance of receiving some sort of a fair trial and some chance of returning to his former life if he returns to the USA.
For starters, Mr Snowden’s father blasts an organisation that’s provided real help to his son, namely WikiLeaks, when there were few other independent organisations that would or could lift a finger to help him, and which has actually helped the younger Snowden to, so far, maintain his freedom and stay alive, a fact that one can’t forget. Another point with WikiLeaks is also the courageousness of all of those who have helped Mr Snowden, knowing full well the future blowback that they might face and the risk one has in aiding an enemy of the US government, especially one bent on protecting its and escaping its own illegality.
Sure, his son is in Russia, a very fortunate fact, albeit he’s currently in limbo, in the transit area of Sheremetyevo, but he isn’t undergoing torture, inhumane incarceration, or even extra-judicial execution at the hands of the Americans. It’s important to note that Mr Snowden not only was a CIA agent, but also an NSA operative (or contractor), and when workers for these organisations go off the grid or go rogue, and, then, spend time in places like China and Russia, associating with people like WikiLeaks, or even a simple reporter, they’re seen as being guilty of treason and are subject to secret, yet real, lethal consequences. Meaning, when Mr Snowden made his choice, he knew he was forfeiting every aspect of his former life, and, perhaps, that very life as well. This is a testament to his bravery. In light of the Americans’ recently-revealed drone policies, which say that they can target enemies of the USA, even American nationals, anywhere in the world, it’s ludicrous to believe that Mr Snowden, who’s done more than some mere al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamist could ever do to the USA, would stand any chance at all if he ever allows himself to fall into American clutches.
The older Snowden says he is concerned that WikiLeaks’ focus isn’t on the US Constitution. I’d argue that since George Bush took office, neither is the US government. Why should WikiLeaks focus on the US Constitution? They’re an international organisation focused on exposing illegality and corruption of governments and the USA proves that they’re the most in need of this kind of exposure. Perhaps, he meant such a statement to play on his son’s patriotic sentiments and get him to return. Regardless, with the US government hunting his son like an animal for exposing an illegal spying programme, it seems ridiculous to make such statements. PRISM not only tramples on the US Constitution, it chews it up and spits it out in tiny unrecoverable pieces.
All of the above makes it seem like Lonnie Snowden is being used in an orchestrated attempt to get his son back into American hands, with the CIA and the NSA pulling the strings. There’s no way the older Snowden could be so naïve to believe the US government could be trusted or has good intentions or is concerned about the well-being of his son. Even more importantly, how can he actually believe that it’d follow the rule of law? That may be true in fairy tales, but not here in the real world, kids. Lonnie Snowden said that his son did break American law, and that one could classify him as a traitor for betraying the US government, but he makes the distinction that his son didn’t betray the American people. This is a very important and an admission that the US government and the American people are two separate and distinct entities. No longer are Abraham Lincoln’s famous words, “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth“, relevant or even remotely connected to the current paradigm. All hopes for that government perished on 9/11.
No father wants his son to be assassinated, tortured, or locked up in a small dark damp cell never to see another human face for the rest of his life, enduring torture… and whatever else his handlers want to do to him. However, perhaps, the older Snowden still has the illusion that the US government can be trusted or have good intentions. After talking to many experts, and speaking from experience, I’d say the first thing that’d happen to Snowden if he were to fall into American clutches, after he was renditioned back to America, if he survived, is that he’d be tortured to the point of insanity or near death until the NSA and the CIA were very clear as to whom he spoke to and could make a proper and sweeping damage control assessment and knew every bit of information that he’d passed on to anybody. After that, there’d be a show trial, possibly ending in the death penalty, if they threw in the China and Russian stays and claimed that he’d passed information to Russian or Chinese intelligence. Even if he didn’t, no matter what he’d be charged with, he’d be found guilty and sentenced. The best he could hope for would be to spend the rest of his short life in a damp cell subjugated to torturous conditions and never see another person for the rest of his life. Except, perhaps, very rarely.
My advice to the older Snowden… pray that your son stays safe and free and whole and out of American clutches, like many people in the world are. For the younger Snowden, listen to people in the know, choose either China or Russia, there are no other countries in the world big enough, powerful enough, or independent enough to protect you. Even though Ecuador means well, there’s already dissent in their ranks, and we all know how widespread CIA operations are in Latin and South America. My sympathies are with the Snowdens, no matter what political leaning we all may have, no father should ever have to face the worry and heartache that Lonnie Snowden has to, and no person should have to face the utter destruction of their life, like Edward Snowden has to, for exposing the truth and illegality. No matter how secret that truth may be.
28 June 2013
Voice of Russia World Service
The Bushies started PRISM… as was true with the TSA (have you had your grope today?)… the “Department of Homeland Security”… the illegal Guantánamo detention centre… and the undeclared wars on the Asian continent. The Bushies also fomented the South Ossetia War… which started with a Georgian Grad bombardment of sleeping civilians in Tskhinval. If you vote Republican… that’s what you vote for. If you march in a “Pro-Life” march… that’s what you march for. Ugly, isn’t it? That’s not all. If you vote Republican, you vote for McMansions, cuts to the poor, and coddling of the Affluent Effluent. If you march in a “Pro-Life” March, you march for such things… for politicians who scream about “Pro-Life” are usually the worst sort of troglodyte milk-snatchin’ Republican.
Things are rarely what they’re advertised as… that’s particularly true in politics. For Republicans, “freedom” means the freedom to steal, the freedom to torture, the freedom to oppress, and the freedom to feast off the labour of your fellow man. That’s what you march for in a “Pro-Life” March. Don’t forget who pays Potapov, Webster, Freddie M-G, Mattingly, and Dreher… he who pays the piper, determines the tune. One can see why they hate the Orthosphere and pump up the godless West. Oh, yes… JP LOVES the American Enterprise Institute… the last time I looked, that place was Russophobic, too.
Hold the bill up to the light… there be counterfeits circulating…