Friday, June 14, 2013
“I know everything that is said and done. And thought!” – Emperor Tiberius, Caligula (1979)
“…they are intent on making every conversation and every form of behavior in the world known to them.” – Edward Snowden (2013)
The genius of the American political system is that each administration is significantly worse than the one that preceded it. The effect is historical revisionism in the public mind. Nixon looks downright cuddly next to the abuses of Cheney/Rummy/Bush and company. Now Bush Jr. is starting to look like a civil libertarian when compared to the current Snoopmeister In Chief. As we plummet toward official Satanism, with a state unrecognizable and patently evil at its core, we can at least cling to the notion that things weren’t as bad as now in some past golden age. Then we can look around and fight amongst each other, assigning blame to the nearest uninformed yahoo, rather than to the high priests of human sacrifice and global misery and destruction.
We now have an utterly exposed fraud of a system unrecognizable as a democracy, but clearly within parameters of what George Orwell conjured up and Hitler before him.
A series of disclosures comes regularly from defective cogs, little technocratic machine parts, which no longer spin as directed. Edward Snowden’s classified leaks are the icing on top of a shit pile so towering as to be visible from orbit. As Snowden warned, “the greatest danger to our freedom and way of life comes from the reasonable fear of omniscient State powers kept in check by nothing more than policy documents.”