The Still Rippling Effects of Snowden’s Pronouncements

19 Sep

This is a somewhat political post, but don’t rush away yet 😉

A few weeks ago, here in Chch we had the Word festival. One of the events I got to go to was an interview with Luke Harding. If you don’t know who that is, well, I’ll admit neither did I until I went. He is, I discovered, a world renowned journalist who works for The Guardian. He wrote a book, “The Snowden Files,” about Snowden, the material, and obviously the GCSB and NSA. Here is some fun reading about the writing of the book.

Anyway, I generally live under my rock. I didn’t really know anything about Snowden, or the implications of what he was telling us. Hubby knows, he reads the internet as a hobby, so I’d kinda gotten the gist along the way that everything we do is scooped up by whoever and privacy on the internet is a load of BS.

Since listening to Harding, and then reading his Snowden book, I’m much more aware of what’s going on. But I still had a ‘whatever’ attitude. That’s America and Britain, not really us, and our Government wouldn’t be involved. I didn’t take any of it particularly to heart.

Being election time, it’s the perfect time for people to start pointing out what’s really going on in our country, although then of course it generally finishes with, “that’s why you need to vote for us!”

However, in came some internationals to shake things up this year. They don’t care who we vote for. They don’t care if we want to turn a blind eye. They weren’t getting paid to talk to us. They just want us to know the truth.

I listened to most of the “A Moment of Truth” talks. I was impressed by Glenn Greenwald, stunned by Snowden, and even surprised by Assange (then I stopped watching. I don’t care for the “Internet Mana” party, and I didn’t want to listen to Dotcom).

I realised throughout this, that it’s not about the fact that we’re all having our privacy invaded. Nor even the fact that we’re being lied to about it. It’s more that our Government is able to, and getting away with, passing bills that make spying on us legal, and still insisting that’s not what the new law says. And I was startled to find that they’re trying to push through another bill that sounds like it’s going to do more harm than good but the people don’t get a say in it. To the extent that you won’t see anything about it on the news sites. We’re not even informed.

We shouldn’t have to rely on Facebook and hearsay to find out what our Government is getting up to behind closed doors. We’re meant to be a democracy. We’re meant to be lead by the people for the people.

I’m sure I can be accused of being naïve, or foolish for thinking it could be other than it is, and definitely both of those for assuming that’s the way it was. But at least now I’m being more aware. What is our Government up to? What are they telling us, and why? And what are they not telling us?

If you are a kiwi reading this, I really encourage you to watch “A Moment of Truth“. Put aside your judgements and beliefs, and just listen to these three guys. The message isn’t so much, “you’re being spied on.” It’s a challenge to ask yourself, “is this what you want?”

NB: the first 20 mins is literally nothing. Then it starts with about 10mins of welcoming. I stopped watching about an hour and a half in.

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