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Edward Snowden: Shooting the Messenger

  • January 07, 2014
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Journalists whose careers are based on the faithful reproduction of the views of governments and institutions more powerful than themselves are rarely enthusiastic about whistleblowers.

Faced with people who actually take risks to confront and expose the lies and deceptions of the powerful that they themselves either don’t see or prefer to ignore, it is has...

Leaving Edward Snowden to the Wolves

  • July 03, 2013
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Who will stand up for Edward Snowden?   Not the American media, that fearless and forensic instrument of truthtelling, which has been generally too busy poring over Snowden’s ‘narcissism’ and character flaws, or arguing that surveillance is good for us, to consider the broader implications of his revelations.

Nor tough guy Vladimir Putin, who won’t do...

The Man in Moscow Airport

  • June 28, 2013
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The world’s only superpower is not doing very well in its attempt to punish the ‘traitor’ Edward Snowden for revealing the National Security Agency’s sprawling data collection program, by which the United States looks at the world.     First Hong Kong refused the US request to extradite Snowden and allowed him to leave the...

Who’s Afraid of Trenton Oldfield?

  • June 25, 2013
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There are moments when governments simultaneously reveal themselves to be vindictive, petty, cowardly, stupid and vengeful in equal measure.   I’m not referring to the Imperium’s attempt to get Edward Snowden for spying because he revealed that the US government was spying, but to the decision by the British Home Office yesterday to deport the...

GCHQ Goes Stasi

  • June 17, 2013
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We all know that the cradle of democracy would never behave like Russia or China, don’t we?   And there is absolutely no possibility that our intelligence services could act like the Stasi or the KGB, and like, spy on people – except for the evil ones that is, who unlike ‘law-abiding citizens’,  ...

The National Security State: Knowing me, Knowing you

The National Security State: Knowing me, Knowing you

  • June 11, 2013
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There is nothing like ‘national security’ to bring about a reverential hush.   Governments invoke these words whenever they want to do things that they don’t want people to know about or when they want to do things that the law doesn’t allow them to do.

Politicians use them to hint at threats or issues that...

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