Recently both Obama and McCain have made statements which can be reduced to just trust us. ”Without trusting government, you can’t do a lot of things” McCain said. Link Here.
Obama’s words were “If you cant trust us, we’re going to have problems.” Link here.
I would like to point out that there is a word for those problems. It’s called…democracy?
Here are some quotes from other politicians:
This is a great article—can hardly digest it all. The email service “Lavabit,” which was apparently used by Snowden, has ceased its services. The website now contains a single page provides the reason for its abrupt shutdown, namely to avoid being complicit in crimes against American people. The owner goes on to explain that he cannot share exactly what has happened, as calling out the NSA for requiring him to hand over data would likely bring him a felony.
Greenwald shared this quote from Lavabit:
I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on - the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.”
There is nothing I can really add to this, as Greenwald’s insightful article is already lapidary itself, as he points out: “Does that sound like a message coming from a citizen of a healthy and free country?”
Rundown of the Snowden Saga
Conversations recently have lead me to be cognizant of the lack of informed opinion on the Snowden Leaks. I decided to compile somewhat of a timeline or heap of information, as best I can, detailing the events.
The impressions people seem to range from Snowden possessing some disc with secrets he intends to sell to Russia, to him just being a techie geek who wanted some limelight. Unsure where these sort of impressions come from, but they are certainly not accurate.
Back in early June, Snowden met with Glenn Greenwald, editor of the American edition of The Guardian, and leaked to him a cache of documents ranging upwards of 20,000 in number. Since June, the Guardian has been analyzing these documents and publishing to the public what they have deemed appropriate. This explains why we have gotten the news about Prism, Xkeystroke, etc„ in slow increments over the past few months.
Earlier this year I posted about break time being over for upcoming generations. One of my conclusions was that younger people like myself need to get involved in politics at a local level. As an additional point, I also think that I can’t run a semi political blog without being involved in politics. So tonight I took the initial steps to put up or shut up and went to a Libertarian Party meeting. The gist of the conversation was how to present the party as a serious platform and election contender. Many people are already looking for something different, but may not realize being Libertarian is a real alternative.
Third parties don’t have a successful history in America (as far as I know) and frankly I’m pessimistic about the outlook of the Libertarian Party. This has kept me on the fence to a certain extent. But recently my thinking is that the party is analogous to a gravity well that changes space/time around it. Libertarians are hopefully a “gravity well” for the principles of liberty such that the mainstream parties are warped in that direction by some amount. By getting involved, I hope to increase the mass of the party and thereby gravity…huh? What are we talking about?
More info on the Libertarian Party.
Also, Reason is a publication on Libertarian ideas/principles
Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO, you may have hear of him) is Libertarian
Lastly, John Mackey who is the CEO of Whole Foods and one of the authors of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business has many ideas in common with Libertarianism.