THE SURVEILLANCE STATE MONSTER AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
by Paul Rosenberg
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
There’s really no more doubt about it, the US government is a Surveillance State, far beyond any East German autocrat’s wildest dreams. And it is far, far more dangerous to us than Al Qaeda.
We all come from a background that taught us that the Soviet Union and its totalitarian empire was horrifying (which it was), and that the USA was good, noble and pristine. That makes it hard for us to accept that the US has now become what East Germany once was. We keep looking for reasons to not to believe it.
Millions of Soviets, by the way, did not think their rulers were evil. They were constantly informed that they were the good guys, and they tended to believe it. Even people in the Siberian Gulag believed that what happened to them was an aberration; a few officials going too far. Alexander Solzhenitsyn reported in his masterwork, The Gulag Archipelago, that such men would moan in their prison bunks, “if only Stalin knew.”
Please don’t think that these Russians were stupid – they were not. Their error was to believe what they were taught and to give authority the benefit of the doubt.
We cannot afford to make the same mistakes.
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