Edward Snowden is one of us. Bradley Manning is one of us.

admin —  June 22, 2013 — 5 Comments

Text for a speech Julian Assange was due to deliver from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy on June 22 to mark one year since he sought refuge there. The event was postponed due to security concerns.

It has now been a year since I entered this embassy and sought refuge from persecution.

As a result of that decision, I have been able to work in relative safety from a US espionage investigation.

But today, Edward Snowden’s ordeal is just beginning.

Two dangerous runaway processes have taken root in the last decade, with fatal consequences for democracy.

Government secrecy has been expanding on a terrific scale.

Simultaneously, human privacy has been secretly eradicated.

A few weeks ago, Edward Snowden blew the whistle on an ongoing program – involving the Obama administration, the intelligence community and the internet services giants – to spy on everyone in the world.

As if by clockwork, he has been charged with espionage by the Obama administration.

The US government is spying on each and every one of us, but it is Edward Snowden who is charged with espionage for tipping us off.

It is getting to the point where the mark of international distinction and service to humanity is no longer the Nobel Peace Prize, but an espionage indictment from the US Department of Justice.

Edward Snowden is the eighth leaker to be charged with espionage under this president.

Bradley Manning’s show trial enters its fourth week on Monday.

After a litany of wrongs done to him, the US government is trying to convict him of “aiding the enemy.”

The word “traitor” has been thrown around a lot in recent days.

But who is really the traitor here?

Who was it who promised a generation “hope” and “change,” only to betray those promises with dismal misery and stagnation?

Who took an oath to defend the US constitution, only to feed the invisible beast of secret law devouring it alive from the inside out?

Who is it that promised to preside over The Most Transparent Administration in history, only to crush whistleblower after whistleblower with the bootheel of espionage charges?

Who combined in his executive the powers of judge, jury and executioner, and claimed the jurisdiction of the entire earth on which to exercise those powers?

Who arrogates the power to spy on the entire earth – every single one of us – and when he is caught red handed, explains to us that “we’re going to have to make a choice.”

Who is that person?

Let’s be very careful about who we call “traitor.”

Edward Snowden is one of us.

Bradley Manning is one of us.

They are young, technically minded people from the generation that Barack Obama betrayed.

They are the generation that grew up on the internet, and were shaped by it.

The US government is always going to need intelligence analysts and systems administrators, and they are going to have to hire them from this generation and the ones that follow it.

One day, they will run the CIA and the FBI.

This isn’t a phenomenon that is going away.

This is inevitable.

And by trying to crush these young whistleblowers with espionage charges, the US government is taking on a generation, and that is a battle it is going to lose.

This isn’t how to fix things.

The only way to fix things is this:

Change the policies.

Stop spying on the world.

Eradicate secret law.

Cease indefenite detention without trial.

Stop assassinating people.

Stop invading other countries and sending young Americans off to kill and be killed.

Stop the occupations, and discontinue the secret wars.

Stop eating the young: Edward Snowden, Barrett Brown, Jeremy Hammond, Aaron Swartz, Gottfrid Svartholm, Jacob Appelbaum, and Bradley Manning.

The charging of Edward Snowden is intended to intimidate any country that might be considering standing up for his rights.

That tactic must not be allowed to work.

The effort to find asylum for Edward Snowden must be intensified.

What brave country will stand up for him, and recognize his service to humanity?

Tell your governments to step forward.

Step forward and stand with Snowden.

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5 responses to Edward Snowden is one of us. Bradley Manning is one of us.

  1. Show them a map of their state detailing the extent to which mining leases have been granted over agricultural land YES
    Show them the extent to which dividends from the local sharemarket are paid offshore YES
    Show them the precipitous decline in the wages share of GDP over the past 30 years YES
    Show them how nearly $5 billion in negative gearing subsidies end up in the pockets of 15% of the population YES
    Show them how Roy Morgan Research estimates the unemployment numbers to be 20% YES
    Show them how the ABS calculates the government statistics on unemployment and how the number would double if they used the same methodology used 30 years ago YES
    Show them how the economic “growth” of the past 30 years reflects ever increasing indebtedness, rather than any improvement in real living standards YES
    Show the reality of the emerging educational and medical apartheidt systems in this country that are creating a two-speed society YES

    Well said.
    We have a govenment in internal crisis of conscience leadership.
    An opposition leader who is widely despised by even his own kind.
    I former leader who is the only parliamentarian gaining any traction with the media for attacking the structual and ideological deficencies in the conservative govenment all conveniently dismissing some of the real issues and realities Take Note outed.

    The brinkmanship of the two major parties that polarises the people is blinding all of us as to who and what we are actyually entitled to and are getting.
    The only false economy here is the deception and concentration of power and wealth that government overeseas.
    I for one wotl like answers to the above questions and the people should be made to actualise what they inherently know and sense but are afraid to confront.

    The governement and media continue to spew out the folly we have hear and read every day as a diversion.
    They ahve givmen us what we wnat to hear salacous gossip and inunedo. Give the people what they want: a vent to let off steam a scapegoat to vilify mock and stone.
    I want the truth we deserve the truth.

    When is Wiki Party hitting the campaign trail!
    the environment is ripe to place the mark in the sand.
    Manning where is the mainstream media on his plight and Snowden seems the same drums are beating the same dystopic tune that will seal his fate.

    Until middle Australia can indentify these people as the same as the rest of us and their fate the same as our own there will be a struggle to get our voice heard.

    the reality is they are the people next door and the means in which they can be summarily dismissed is disturbing.

    The concept of reform being espoused is nothing more than maintaining the status quo. the persecution of citizens and whistle bowers is maintaining the status quo. The deveil is always in the detail and This party must make the detail transparent and make the noise that shakes middle Australia out of it miasmic malaise.

    Please let us hear from our candidates on these issues in the public domain and please bring the message to regional and regional Australia.

  2. I actually think the WLP’s likely base for votes are anti-war libertarians in the Liberal Party, as well as Greens voters, and not much else*. And things like ‘Manning and Snowden and East Timor’ are important to those type of voters, myself included.

    You can’t be all things to all people. We see in elections how politicians try to do this, moving from the right or left to the ‘center’ when election time is nearing, and it’s disingenuous. It’s pretty straightforward what a party named after Wikileaks stands for; putting it into practice, consistently, seem to be the hard part in the world of politics. I think that’s the big thing we should expect of them.

    * You’d have to be pretty rusted on to be part of the 29% first-preferencing Labor at this point.

  3. The Milgram experiment demonstrated that 65% of people will kill you if instructed to do so by a man in a white coat.

    You need some of them to be prepared to vote for the WLP if you have a chance of being elected. To do so, you need to engage with them on matters of immediate concern to their lives. So far, we’ve had blog articles on Manning, East Timor, the bank blockade and now Snowden and Manning again. You are facing the challenge of engaging middle Australia and you are talking to yourselves instead. Those who care about Manning and Snowden and East Timor are already likely to vote for you, if they are conscious you even exist as a Party contesting the election.

    You need to engage with middle Australia on matters of immediate self interest. You need to make them aware that you exist as a party and that your proposition is both responsible and achievable. Literally off the top of my head:

    Show them a map of their state detailing the extent to which mining leases have been granted over agricultural land
    Show them the extent to which dividends from the local sharemarket are paid offshore
    Show them the precipitous decline in the wages share of GDP over the past 30 years
    Show them how nearly $5 billion in negative gearing subsidies end up in the pockets of 15% of the population
    Show them how Roy Morgan Research estimates the unemployment numbers to be 20%
    Show them how the ABS calculates the government statistics on unemployment and how the number would double if they used the same methodology used 30 years ago
    Show them how the economic “growth” of the past 30 years reflects ever increasing indebtedness, rather than any improvement in real living standards
    Show the reality of the emerging educational and medical apartheidt systems in this country that are creating a two-speed society

    As worthy as East Timor may be, you are rapidly losing any opportunity you had to seize the middle ground and are squandering the chance to lead the demand for transparency in aspects of life that matter to ordinary Australians. Yet, still no sign of a clear statement of purpose or benefit.

    Even the Tea Party does a better job of engaging with middle Australia.

  4. WheresSnowally June 25, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Couldn’t help noticing the resemblence http://imgbin.me/view/FTROYAAO

    On a more serious note, the wheel of power looks like the recycle symbol where corporations control governments, governments control people and people control corporations. So if governments won’t listen, don’t forget that every dollar you spend is a vote for corporate behaviour. If you buy American, you are generating the tax dollars that pay for these systems. Look at which Australian corporations donate to those of our politicians who have failed to stand up for those like Assange, Snowden etc. and hit them in their wallets, the only place they care about.

  5. well said !

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