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Edward Snowden inspires a new generation of whistleblowers to turn the light on.

Here's the question everyone is asking:

“Is Edward Snowden a hero or a criminal, a whistleblower or a traitor?”

But here’s the question they really should be asking:

“Does America still have its original revolutionary backbone, or are we a nation of sheep?”

Conventional opinion says that the CIA will have Snowden extradited and then criminalized, put on trial like Bradley Manning, demonized like Daniel Ellsberg, or even murdered like Garry Webb – that he will spend at least ten years in prison, or life, or worse. This may well happen, but there is another, much more tantalizing possibility that Snowden's courageous action has triggered, something much more momentous – a sudden unexpected shift in the American Psyche – a realization that since 9/11 something has gone terribly wrong in the land of the free and the home of the brave … that the NSA, CIA, FBI are starting to smell like the East German's Stasi, The Russian KGB, The Fascist police states of the 1930’s and 1940’s – that Americans are spying on Americans … that we are being treated like a nation of petrified snitches cowering in the dark … and that the time has come to turn the light on in a darkened America.

Maybe this weekend someone working at NSA headquarters will get fed up, once and for all, with spying on his fellow citizens and turn another light on in that big, black box ... telling us in detail how things really work in there.

And then, maybe the week after, a CIA operative at the Pentagon will suddenly decide to come clean and tell us how the Iraq war really started and provide us with one of those torture videos that were supposedly destroyed.

And then, maybe an army intelligence officer will fill us in on what really happened in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, in Yemen – telling us who our allies really are and what regimes we really support in the deep global state behind the veneer of mainstream media. Then …

Maybe on July 4th someone at The Whitehouse will remember that this nation was built upon revolution …  and that the nation's integrity, democracy – hell, the nation's entire future depends upon the existence of people like Snowden who dare to tell us what really goes on behind closed doors, that these otherwise ordinary people continue to summon the courage and humanity to come out of the shadows and take a stand against institutionalized criminality.

Maybe, like at the end of a movie, when the hero finally reveals his true identity and everyone rises to applause, an unstoppable wave of courageous souls will now stand up in solidarity and turn the lights on all over this darkened nation, kicking off a chain reaction of refusal against the military-surveillance complex that President Eisenhower tried to warn us against half a century ago.

So hey all you dreamers, schemers and expectant souls out there, are you ready to turn on the light?

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Jill Dalton

CHRIS HEDGES: Well, we’re talking about the death of a free press, the death of a civil society. This is far beyond a reasonable debate. We make the East German Stasi state look like the Boy Scouts. And if we don’t wrest back this power for privacy, for the capacity to investigate what our power elite is doing, I think we can essentially say our democracy has been snuffed out.

Sue Phelps

The building is obviously the "black box" - come on, make the connection. My opinion is - don't trust anyone, or anything. Oh Sorry, I know that is very pessimistic, but human nature gets sidetracked, mislead, and easily mislead - it's a government's business to watch EVERYTHING - here, there and yonder and know as much as they can about everything here, there and yonder - that's what they are hired to do. Obviously, we are a pretty well-armed Country and I realize an armed militia is no match for the weaponry the Country has, but even the turnover of politicians, keeps the pot stirred so that regimes cannot get a very strong, or long grip on the citizens/the Country as a whole. The importance of keeping that pop stirred and moving these politicians along, is "a" part of the answer!

Anonymous

Someone needs to do a calculation of this global NSA surveillance's effect on the global internet infrastructure as far as additional costs....maybe in terms of latency?

I wonder how much each person in the world is paying for the NSA to spy on all of us.

If it comes out to say less than 5 cents per year per person, then we should all support it. Anything over and, no.

Anonymous (yeah...

Good luck with all of that. America will continue to clamor for the growth and expansion of the state, and the state will continue to consolidate and abuse power in ways the ignorant sheeple did not intend. Any momentary rebellion against these abuses will ultimately sputter and die. After this blip on the radar, we will be back to feeding the beast with our good intentions and placing our hope in "benevolent stewards of power" so that we can have our cake and eat it too. That is the progressive promise, after all.

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