Thursday, June 13, 2013

Treasonous Spying: Shoot the Messenger, Not the Monitor

Is he who watches the watchers a hero or villain? A traitor or whistleblower? And do the watched even take notice?

Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton

In true form, the regular fixtures of establishment media and Washington circles have come forward to demonize the most recent whistleblower, former National Security Administration (NSA) Contractor Edward Snowden, as well as journalist Glenn Greenwald who published Snowden’s leaks.

Together they reveal a program of massive, wholesale surveillance by the NSA of American’s Internet activities on every major platform available.

Instead of focusing on the fact that warrantless wiretaps have continued since shortly after September 11 (if not prior to 9/11), as well as through web communications since (at a minimum) 2007, the story has been centered around the “treason” committed by Snowden, who the mainstream media has been quick to point out again and again is a mere high school dropout (although that didn’t stop the NSA from paying him $200,000 a year as an NSA contractor).